DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:suec, I think this one is right up your alley too! Help!
You know me so well I do tend to think in symbolic terms, but as you know, I therefore tend to read into things that were never intended by the author. That may well prove to be the case again here, but this is what I can remember of the book - it's a while now since I read it. (And I must also add, sorry to not have kept up with the discussion overall. It is my busiest time of year at work and plus I have been engaged in some battles - but it turns out that not all symbolic gestures are futile I can now try and catch up here a bit)
David reminds me of David & Goliath, except in this case, David loses and the Philistines win.
I also think that Potts and Ingrid is a very odd pairing of names, just like the two people.
Richie Stella: Richie = money; stella = stellar = to do with the stars, in this case, movie stars, and his aspirations.
Collateral Pictures reminds me of collateral damage, which I think Spandau is, to some extent, although they go out of their way to rub his nose in it. But then he isn't the only one. And also, I guess, in another interpretation, collateral may be the photos that they have on Bobby Dye.
I’ve already said I think the driving is symbolic in that the roads equate to the rat maze. At the start of the book, Potts already has that sense of being driven, not driving (which he literally is by Squiers). There’s a lack of control and the piece that we discussed earlier brings that out very clearly for me. Hence the need for the Harley Davidson I suppose. This can be contrasted with Spandau, who can exercise some independence at the start of the book, and take the direction he wants to. Also it ‘s a sense of isolation in a crowded city.
Spandau’s fish pond, with the fish being eaten by the raccoons is most deppinitely symbolic IMO: death; predatory creatures; Spandau’s inability to prevent it; thwarted hopes.
Spandau’s physical injuries: the thumb (self-inflicted accident) and the injury from the stunt where he fell out of a building but someone had moved his soft landing = dude gets hurt in other ways. A form of foreshadowing for what happens later.