Has/is anyone else reading this pretty little thing? Follow up question: can anyone explain the importance of rubber in it? It's mentioned all the time, and I really can't make heads or tails of it.
I read it. I liked some of the descriptions of grimey blitz time and post war England. And the sexy bits near the end. Still not clear why some of the characters were killed. Or who the third slut was. She turned up out of nowhere without much explanation.
No idea about the rubber and its significance.
As retarded as this is going to sound, sex was a big deal for him, and a major theme in everything he wrote, so he could've meant it as a reference to condoms.
I haven't read this particular book yet myself but I've read five of his other ones so far.
If I had to guess, some of the more random occurrences--Hencher's death, Margaret ending up a captive all of a sudden--are supposed to be like the events in a dream or, in this case, a nightmare; they are seemingly without causality, and are very quickly forgotten.
It doesn't sound retarded at all. In fact, since the whole thing seems, in my opinion, sexually charged, that makes sense. Thank you for pointing that out.