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 Discussion Point 2, Corsos Character
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Posted: Jan 14 2007, 05:22 AM


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Originally Posted by Karen 13th July 2004


Now let's take a look at Corso, he is described as "vulnerable and
caustic, ingenous and aggressive at the same time, made him both
attractive to women and sympatheitc to men. But the posiitve feeling
was quickly dispelled, as when you touch your pocket and realize that
your wallet has just been stolen."

Do you think this was an accurate description of Corso? What did you
think about his character? Did you think that the character changed
through out the story or pretty much stayed the same?





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Cathy


Agh, well, I've only just passed the 200 page mark (but it's
progress!) Well, he is definitely sneaky and for himself, and will
adapt whatever smile or expression he needs to to get what he
wants- that is established early on. I don't know if his character
has changed, so much as my perception of him is starting to
change, now that I'm reading more about his memories of
Nikon. So I am warming up to him, and starting to understand
why he has closed himself off so much. But I have more yet to
read!




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Jeppody


I find this a difficult one to answer, because I can only see Johnny
as Corso throughout the whole book, even the bits that are different
to the film, so "attractive to women" immediately gets a thumbs up.
Seriously though, yes, I do think that was a pretty accurate
description of Corso, and I don't think he really changed much. I
really enjoyed the way his smile was described frequently, the change
from rabbit to wolf. I think he has put on a front, to hide his pain
from losing Nikon, for so long that it has become his true character.
His life appears to have become empty apart from his work, how very
sad!! He needs a cuddle, and I volunteer!!





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Karen


I liked all the various animal references, except the rodent
ones. ::Shivers:: I'm sad that by removing so much of the side plots
with Corso that we as a movie audience lost the background in Corso's
life. I couldn't help but see Johnny on every page and uttering
every word. I don't know that Corso did change either, maybe as he
went further along his journey, different aspects of his personality
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Lynn


The whole Nikon bit is the part that should have been in the
movie, as I think it explains quite a lot really.




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Karen


Yes I agree, we have better feeling for Corso, knowing about his
loss of Nikon and how she affected his world.




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Lynn


And it sheds additional light on his relationship with the girl, and the end
of the book. (I know...getting ahead a bit.).




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JaneStoll


I think of Corso as bright, vulnerable, aggressive, dishonest, cunning...I'm sure I'll think of more adjectives. IMHO, as Corso unravels the "mystery", he becomes more aggressive, determined. He doesn't mind using people but doesn't like being used. He doesn't seem to be able to relate to people (other than Nikon after she was gone) in an emotional way (self-love?). I'm headed in now to read the final chapter.




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Now let's take a look at Corso, he is described as "vulnerable and
caustic, ingenous and aggressive at the same time, made him both
attractive to women and sympatheitc to men. But the posiitve
feeling was quickly dispelled, as when you touch your pocket
and realize that your wallet has just been stolen."



I have to agree with the description. I also felt that he was,
again, a sympathetic character to the reader. I was on his side,
even when he was not exactly on the up and up, and I shared in his
suspicions and frustrations. (Johnny's portrayal in the movie may
have colored this though.) He remained fairly true to the
description, however, he finds himself with his own pockets empty at
the end, so perhaps he was not as able to read people as he thought.





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