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As the ostensible author of The End of the Affair Maurice Bendix is amazingly narcissistic In a journey through the affair between Maurice and Sarah it is impossible to not notice how selfish and self-absorbed the perceived author is His recounting of the affair is laden with grandiose overtones and allusions to being God-like From the very beginning Maurices superior tone is evident-- he has been praised for his technical ability he can be trusted and he writes against the bias all on the first page of his novel And although this is his version describing the end of the affair Maurice as a professional writer praised for his technical ability should know better that to use a total of 33 examples of the first person narrative within the first two pages of his chronicle if he wants to be seen as unbiased-- and he does Maurice himself says about his style of writing this piece I I I as though this were my story and not the story of Sarah Henry and of course that third whom I hated without yet knowing him or even believing in him 35 As I read this book for the third time more and more quirks about Maurices character jumped out at me I tried to make comparisons with my own life my journal writing and the loves I have experienced In making those reviews I found that Maurice and I had one major difference in our styles of writing my journal writing revolves much more around my love and what I am feeling than how others perceive me This is just the opposite from what Maurice is doing In recounting his first dinner with Sarah Maurice who should be talking about how beautiful she looked or what a great time he had instead can only talk about how cold blooded he is and how she thought He was genuinely interested in her family life 10
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