...a 1500-page story of the development of the mind of a killer, and he's not the same person at the end of the story as he is at the beginning.He compares it to a work of literature, specifically Moby-Dick in that it, too, draws from disparate sources and presents a multitude of "streams" of thought.
The whale for Brevik is Islam, which he sees as vast and menacing and dangerous and beyond comprehension, yet he must keep trying ... drawing in all these sources into this sort of whirlpool of this manifesto in which some of these voices get drowned and become part of his. Now he's talking about poetry, now he's talking about the Knights Templar, and now he's talking about investment strategies to finance your project.Do we Melvillians need to defend our beloved book here? If we're discussing only narrative structure, Sharlet might have a point. However, while Captain Ahab may have been a murderous character, he was a fictional construct of an author who was not a murderer. Sadly, the same can not be said about the author of the work that has as its central character Anders Breivik.
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