Fade is an interesting novel, and can be quite confusing at times. The book starts off with the main character, Paul Moreaux living in his hometown “Frenchtown” he always called it, in Massachusetts. The book takes place somewhere in the 1920’s. Paul lives a normal but poor life, when he finds out that he has the ability to “fade”, which is the ability to disappear or become invisible. The ability is passed on from an uncle in the family to a nephew, and Paul’s uncle Abelard teaches it to him.
Once he starts to use this new ability, bad things start to happen. He catches people doing bad stuff and does bad things himself, and he tries to cope with it. He vows never to use the fade again when his brother Bernard dies partially because of him. Un expectantly I find that the book is divided up into different sections, the next one called “Susan.” This part takes place in the future, when Paul is dead. Susan is a writer, and Paul was a famous writer when he lived, and Susan is inspired by him. She comes across a manuscript, which in fact was the story that was the first part of the book.
Susan reads it and tries to decipher whether it is truth or fiction, and if it can be published, as an autobiography of Paul. She suspects it is fake because of the fact of the fade. The next part is the next section of the book that Susan later finds, and it is about Paul when he is in his forties. It is just a continuation of his life, and he feels that the next fader is ready, so he goes out to find him. The next fader is named Ozzie, and he discovers the fade on his own, without Paul, and does bad things with it. He came from a bad family; he had a father that abused him.
One theme that was represented in the book,”The Bite of The Mango,” by Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland is surival. In the story a girl named Mariatu is walking around in the woods, when all of a sudden gets ambushed by a group of rebels. She gets beat up and cut, and falls to the ground. A man sees her and runs tward her. “The man bent down and picked up a mango(Kamara and ...
When he discovered the fade he used it to his advantage, killing his father, and hurting and scaring people that had teased him over the years. Paul comes looking for him, and Ozzie encounters him. Ozzie had bad voices in his head, telling him to do the bad things he did, the fade brought it on to him. Ozzie tries to attack Paul because the voices told him to, and he did it while he was in the fade so he couldn’t see him.
Paul is bewildered, and almost dies from the sharp knife Ozzie has. Paul fights for his life against the next fader and ends up killing him, diminishing the generation of the fade. Even though my life is very different from that of Paul Moreaux, I can relate to some aspects of the story. First of all in the first section of the novel it talks about how Paul is determined to become a writer and he loves writing and reading. My sister can relate to him because she loves to read and can often finish a book in less than a day. She loves to write, and has won a few competitions, and wants a career possibly to do with writing.
Paul’s father was stabbed in a strike fight, and I can relate to that because a family friend of ours was stabbed a few years ago. Apparently a fight broke out at a rally he was at and he was unexpectedly stabbed, but made a full recovery, just like Paul’s father. Paul was devastated just like I was. Finally most of my relatives on my mom’s side were French Canadian immigrants from France. Paul’s family came from France when Canada became a new country, just like my mom’s side of the family. Apparently my great-great grandfather was the person who introduced the bobcat to Canada! He brought a few over as pets, and he lost them, and they started to survive here! I really enjoyed this novel because is involved both real things like places and times, but also incorporated fictional things like the fade.
Having a majority of real things and then one fake thing makes you think even more that it is real, because everything else seems so believable. I like how the book was broken up into different parts, it was confusing at times, but in all made the book better. It made you think that the story was real, but made you second guess yourself and think that it wasn’t. The ending was a cliff ending, which I didn’t like, but if made you even more intrigued. The book ends with an article Susan found in the newspaper about an explosion in a high school. A janitor saw a boy just appear out of thin air by the crime scene, and was suspicious of him.
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It made you think that there was another fader and he will continue on the tradition. It was an interesting and twisting ending. In all I liked the book, even though it was difficult to relate to, which is why I probably liked it more, it was different from my way of life.