There’s a question in “We Die at Night” that may be obvious to some, but so far hasn’t been talked about by anyone that’s given me their thoughts on the story: is Therese a victim of the city or of her own making?
Adjusting to life in a big city from a town isn’t easy, and it can be doubly hard when you’ve moved to the not-so-nice part of a city. There’s an inherent sense of loneliness that can come into play that’s part of the folds of survival — if you’re just out there, surviving from day to day, chances are you’re not too concerned about the emotional or social state of your fellow neighbor. Although Matilda is pretty self-involved in “We Die at Night” she’s also a good example of how the one-track mindedness of city living can really make other people feel singled out and alone.
In the New York Magazine article “Alone Together”, writer Jennifer Senior declares urban loneliness as a myth. Fascinating article, I think. It’s based on my hometown, but for those of you from other cities (or from NYC too), what do you think?