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    cause-effect relationship

    In the book review, please see, in the last paragraph:

    "The belief that people can remake themselves by catching up with the times is one of the illusions she mocks: it's why there is so little about London in the nineteen-sixties in this novel about London in the nineteen-sixties."

    Is it a cause-effect relationship between the two sentences above? Could anyone please explain in detail what the two sentences exactly mean in the context?

    I think I am totally lost in the sentence logic. Thank you very much indeed.

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    Re: cause-effect relationship

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    NO, Yuhilda, I do not have the answer. Sorry.

    But I did find an article that you must read. Please go to Google and type in these words: Sweetest Dream

    That article may clear up a lot of things for you.

    Furthermore, I did find a few words in the "books" section of Google. They come from the Book Review Digest. It was only a "snippet." That is to say, we are allowed to read only these few words:

    "What makes [Doris] Lessing's work so cold is not her disapproval of the ideals and illusions of the people, although that disapproval is chilling enough. It is her fatalism." [my emphasis.]

    Finally, although I personally do not read fiction (a few years ago, an outstanding moderator here told me that I was missing out on some good writing!), I have heard that many works of fiction do not necessarily mention activities during the time being discussed. I have just read a book review (not the book itself!) about an Austrian novelist who wrote about Europe during the 1940s. She did not mention even once the name of the group that ruled Germany until 1945. Neither have I read anything by the famous Jane Austen (you probably have), but I have heard that her novels never mention any of the current events of her time.

    Last edited by TheParser; 28-Dec-2014 at 23:07. Reason: clarification

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    Re: cause-effect relationship

    "I think I am totally lost in the sentence logic."

    Me too. So was the author, in my opinion.

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