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Infrared Paperback – July 3, 2012
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"Huston shows her mastery of complicated structure, wide culural knowledge, and brilliant, assured portraiture."The Globe and Mail
There is something eminently subversive in Nancy Huston’s latest novel. A forty-five-year-old woman dares to talk about her sexuality, her immense desire for men. But even more, Infrared is a staggering expression of the power of art as salvation.”Voir (Canada)
"Compelling . . . A finely written examination of sexual politics and the importance of emotional triage."Quill & Quire
Poetic . . . A ruminative and sensual read.”Zoe Whittall, National Post (Canada)
An intense and sensual novel”France Soir
Nancy Huston is in top form writing about individual and collective memories, and she knows better than most how to dramatize family destinies.”Le Monde des Livres
"Infrared, written in lyrical slivers and voluptuous prose is an engaging work."Canberra Times (Australia)
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The revealing bath image might also serve as a description of Huston's narrative method. The frame is Rena's week-long holiday with her aging father and stepmother in Florence and Tuscany. Rena (or Huston herself) has a magnificent eye, and her encounters with artworks, famous or otherwise, sent me repeatedly to Google Images to check her observations for myself. But the main substance of the book lies in the reflections they trigger and layers of memory that are gradually peeled back. José Saramago does something similar in his ...Read more ›
Sharp, brittle, beautiful, addicted to being desirable, Rena is a fascinating creation. She is probably one of the most unreliable narrators ever written, but has a built-in correction device, an imaginary friend or alter-ego named Subra who listens to Rena's stories, nudging her into telling the small truths (she is not legally married, certain events didn't happen just exactly how or where she likes to say they happened) and then into larger truths that are so shocking as to verge on melodrama. Because of Huston's skill as a writer, the reader stays invested through all of Rena's most difficult revelations, but this is a brutally explicit story.
Italy is beautifully presented, the loveliness of the country, the food, the art, the history. But right alongside all the loveliness is that other part of travel in Italy; the fatigue, indecision, the narrowness of Florentine sidewalks, traffic noise, bad breakfasts. Rena's impatience with her father and stepmother is hilarious in a very mean-spirited way, but the vacation is only a backdrop for an internal story that is ferocious and awful and skillfully revealed. The gallows humor is just there to give the reader small times of respite before Rena reveals another episode in her childhood of horrors.Read more ›
At age 45, she has been married three times to men of color and is currently in a relationship with another, a reporter at the same news outlet she is contracted with, another love or arguably, another object of obsession only slightly older than the eldest of her two sons. As the three vacationers explore the art, architecture and ambiance of the historical city and the surrounding environs, there is a sense of acquiescence to obligation rather than joy emanating from Rena and her guests seem equally as enthused about their travels. Meanwhile, social unrest unfolding near her home in Paris may have long term implications to her professional and personal paths dependent on the decisions she makes regarding continuation of their excursion.
Rena intimates she has an insatiable taste for eroticism and is vividly aware of her seductive powers over men and at first glance it is not difficult to understand or visualize those talents. Lucidly described, sensually and intelligently written, with a seeming absence of inhibitions she is, well, let's say it, scintillating and titillating.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rena is a French-Canadian photographer with an Algerian lover and expertise in infrared techniques, who is exploring Florence, Italy, with her father Simon and Dutch-Canadian... Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by SanjeevP
I did not enjoy this book. I felt like the main character was very immature and it bothered me throughout. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by A. Brink
I was intrigued by the idea of this novel, but it felt pointless and empty. The "sexy" parts seemed hollow as well and gratuitous. Very disappointing.Published on April 5, 2013 by Elaine
Infrared is a fairly unique story, but it can be a bit dark and disturbing at times. The story is good to read as long as you like a lot of sex and damaged personality issues. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by SevereWX
I have had "Infrared" in my bag for almost a month and I'd read a passage whenever I had the chance but it was never a priority to finish.
That should say it all. Read more
As a male reader and at the risk of sounding incredibly sexist, I found this book to be categorical "written by a woman, for a woman"
That is not to say this book spends... Read more
I sort of knew what I was getting into when I ordered this book. I read Huston's Fault Lines, and, though I agreed with other reviewers that there was some weird sex stuff in... Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Ladybug
no one very poor reading did not care for writting style a very boring read would not recommend to any onePublished on February 6, 2013 by R. Anderson
Intense read. Very realistic. Rena is not perfect. Rena is not a terrific daughter or mother or wife. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by E. B. MULLIGAN