Posted by JG on September 07, 2016 at 03:06:53 user JG.
In Reply to: Re: Should be - Strange Comment posted by Tiss Flower on September 07, 2016 at 01:43:19:
Tiss - the reviewer's sentence about grandmothers and S&A is IRONIC. What she is saying is that the mother claims to be trying to bring up her children as she was, i.e. in a good S&A style, but that in Motherland we can see that in practice she is INSTEAD yelling at them and dumping them on their grandmother's doorstep. The reviewer is assuming that Sunday Times readers, like the reviewer herself, know what the S&A reference invokes and so will mentally insert '(NOT)' after 'just like they do'. She is being ironic!! and is contrasting the S&A way of life with the speeding car/ grandmother/ doorstep scenario enacted by the mother.
I do hope that this clarifies the sentence for you. No way is she suggesting that grandmother's doorsteps come into S&A - she is saying precisely the opposite, correctly using S&A as an example of good upbringing in CONTRAST to the Motherland approach.
End of literary-criticism piece!
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