Could someone please help me understand this quote?
Hi the following is a quote of praise for a novel, well The Godfather by Mario Puzo. But I can't fully understand it, could you please help explain what is meant by it?
"A voyeur's dream, a skillful fantasy of violent personal power without consequences"
Does that mean you get to dive into the book as if you were a 'voyeur' who is after some private matters without getting caught?
- busterwasmycatLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
voyeur refers to getting excitement or pleasure without the risk of actually doing the exciting thing. So, reading that book can let you feel how the Mob worked and what it was like for them without actually having to join the mob.
The sexual aspect of the word is a more recent narrowing of meaning. The original meaning of the word is more one of "Living vicariously" (feeling like you are doing the thing without actually doing it, usually by imagining yourself as someone else who actually does the thing).
- RPLv 71 month ago
My interpretation is that those with voyeur tendencies, meaning they enjoy watching, will be pleased with the exercise of unchecked power that has no consequences the book makes available to its readers.
- BookbinderLv 71 month ago
It means that the reader can dream, fantasise, and imagine himself doing what the characters in the novel do, but without the requirement to be responsible for his actions.