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Reviewed by Helena of the Hondas 7.9.2001. The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King The Nitty Gritty: Personages:
Reviewed by Helena of the Hondas 7.9.2001.
The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
The Nitty Gritty:
Review:Here we have yet another Good Guy/Bad Guy multiple, replete with questionable genesis and all the sensational stereotypes that the public loves. First of all, how would a person split while in a coma? Second, Detta remains mostly dormant until five years prior to the events in the story. If Detta truly is unaware for most of her life, how, then, is her personality so strong and established?
Susannah is created when Detta and Odetta simultaneously become aware of each other. "And then, suddenly, blessedly, she was whole." Are we to believe, then, that neither woman was whole in the first place? Does coexisting inside a single body make both of them somehow less than human?
Perhaps the most damning is the statement that Susannah makes near the end of the book: "I am three women, I who was; I who had no right to be but was; I am the woman you have saved." Obviously Detta has no right to exist because her personality is dark and unseemly, or so the author would have us believe. Yes, some people do have dark elements to their personalities, but that does not make them any less worthy of existence than anyone else.
The story itself is engaging, if you can bring yourself to gloss over the Detta/Odetta issue. If you're reading the book for its portrayal of multiples, though, you'd be better off looking elsewhere. In essence, the only thing that Detta and Odetta need to be saved from is the very unfair way that they are presented.