What did you think about Archer's personality change?
I was unconvinced by the dramatic personality change that Archer went through -- from being so noble and pacifist to all of a sudden a horrible, sex-crazed, philandering, drinking, abusive person.
This was one of the weakest points of the book and really undermined the book, in my view.
I didn't really see a personality change. Archer himself never exactly expounded any pacifist principles. Dora made the assumption and he allowed her to think whatever was convenient. That's the way I read it.
I agree with kickinma. I saw him not as a pacifist but a coward. And his nobility was simply a facade.
I like the unique way McKay weaves the midwife's recipes, news articles, etc. throughout the story. The story's female protagonist is a strong woman and does not become a victim. I can understand why this book has swept across Canada - being given and recommended from woman to woman, book club to book club.