What did you think of Ken?

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Re: What did you think of Ken?

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I don't think Ken was portrayed fairly in the novel, because of the little we actually see of him, Sylvie's perspective can be seen as definitely biased
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The story majorly talked on Sylvia and we have little knowledge on Ken. However, I don't think Ken was always emotionally unavailable because he supported Sylivia.
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Stellae wrote: 13 Mar 2019, 20:13 I don't think Ken was portrayed fairly in the novel, because of the little we actually see of him, Sylvie's perspective can be seen as definitely biased
I agree. Ken is given something of an unflattering cameo role in the book. I don't think this was entirely necessary. I accept that the author probably wanted to give readers a sense of her own personal story, but I think she could have done this in a way which was a bit more respectful of her ex's privacy.
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The thing is, with the theme of the book centered on her father's research and her blunt resolve to share the prospect of his works in good light, very little was said of Ken and in my opinion her decision to pick divorce was not supposed to be a necessary inclusion in the book. Very litle was said about the relationship and in the parts that it was, Ken was supportive of her dreams so for me, it was unneccesary to add that he was emotionally unavailable when he wasn't portrayed as such almost throughout the book
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I didn't really see much of Ken to form a definite opinion, but what little I did see was more towards the business side. This is an obvious indicator of his helpfulness. Maybe if more personal details were included I could agree with that conclusion, but if it's what she felt then it's completely up to her.
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