The reader feels protective of Astrid, but can neither save her from mistreatment nor keep her from inexplicably making the decisions that place her in these situations.
An uncompromising poet, Ingrid despises weakness and self-pity, telling her daughter that they are descendants of Vikings, savages who fought fiercely to survive. Astrid later develops a romance with Paul.
David Holloway is a current student in the MFA program run by the University of California, Riverside, majoring in long form fiction and screenwriting. White Oleander is a strong tale of how the many poisons in a person can overcome the good feelings and undermine a relationship. Well, it throws you.
My mother floated on her back, humming to herself. Astrid realizes that she is in a position of power over her mother and asks Ingrid who Annie is. The reader quickly learns that this perplexing reaction is typical of Ingrid Magnussen, though one would be hard-pressed to figure out why.
Little, Brown and Company Source: This leads to a life sentence in prison, leaving Astrid to teach herself the art of survival in a string of Los Angeles foster homes.
Through all this, Astrid attempts to figure out who she is and where she came from. Comfort is supremely uninteresting. As this is going on, Ray pays less and less attention to Starr, who relapses into substance abuse.
So get rid of them. There is the reference to Ingrid's poisonous tentacles that sweetly lures everyone and then jumps in for the kill.
Two years later, Astrid is 20 and living with Paul in a rundown flat in Berlin, Germany. White Oleander is all about the poisons in the human spirit. She had drummed it into my head since I was small.
Where children hugged broken-necked giraffes and cried, or else drove around in plastic Barbie cars, and men with missing fingers longed for fourteen-year-old lovers, while women with porn-star figures cried out for the Holy Spirit.
Astrid is shuffled from one foster home to another for years. Because you will forget it … Stay off screens and go out and interact with the world at large and notice.White Oleander is a novel by American author Janet Fitch.
It is a coming-of-age story about a child (Astrid) who is separated from her mother (Ingrid) and placed in a series of foster homes. The book was a selection by Oprah's Book Club in May and was adapted as a film. White Oleander is a siren song of a novel, seducing the reader with its story, its language, and, perhaps most of all, with its utterly believable (and remarkably diverse!) characters.
The narrator is particularly memorable-there were times she made me want to cheer and weep simultaneously. Janet Fitch was born in Los Angeles, a third-generation native, and grew up in a family of voracious readers. As an undergraduate at Reed College, Fitch had decided to become an historian, attracted to its powerful narratives, the scope of events, the colossal personalities, and /5(K).
“White Oleander” is a novel by American author Janet Fitch. The book is about childhood and growing up alone, when a child does not have somebody who would support and give some advices. The book is about childhood and growing up alone, when a child does not have somebody who would support and give some advices.
White Oleander is an epoch/pastoral poem in the guise of a novel, a Romantic's dream, a Metaphysical masterpiece and yet underneath the beauty of language lies a gritty, edgy story of pain, lost hope, longing, desire and need; it is a journey of redemption often meeting with despair, broken glass and scars; it is a voyage of self-discovery and 4/5.
This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of White Oleander by Janet Fitch.
Janet Fitch’s novel, White Oleander, explores the traditional literary coming-of-age theme in the context of a young girl who spends time in a series of foster homes after being separated from her mother.Download