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Vector a Modern Love Story Paperback – November 25, 2011
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Its characters run the gamut of loving and generous to selfish and immature, yet there is a finely drawn theme of the power of love in a world of people who need love so desperately, and the ending is strangely hopeful in spite of the main character's poor choices.
The author's medical background lent strength and credibility to the parts of the story involving AIDS transmission and the terrible threat posed by AIDS when it first began to spread so rapidly and the diagnosis was virtually a death sentence. The consequences of failing to practice "safe sex" became many magnitudes greater than they had ever been, and this took its toll on both health and relationships.
Due, in part, to their twenty year age difference, the philanthropist is not interested in her as a lover, but the young virgin pursues him and takes advantage of Michael while he is blacked out from drinking. When he awakens in the morning and discovers what he has done, Michael runs to Africa on the pretext of visiting the hospitals his foundation funds and disappears.
In the weeks that follow, Eva discovers that Michael's interest in AIDs is more than one of a noblesse oblige passed on to him by his wealthy family. Eva seeks medical help and attempts to find Michael. Over time, the young woman becomes involved in the HIV/AIDs community in an effort to heal herself and to forgive Michael.
Will she find the man she still loves and confess her transgression? Or is Michael lost in the heart of darkness?
In an era of declining mortalities and new and potent medications, HIV/AIDs has taken a back seat to other, more dramatic tales in the news. These medications have arrested the deadly epidemic and controlled the disease; however, the treatment has its own insidious price to pay. This beautifully written and moving novella is not an easy read. It is a cautionary tale about not being complacent about this disease and about the tragic consequences of poor choices, even ones made in the name of love.
I thoroughly enjoyed Vector which is by far the best piece of work, for ages, which has kept me both challenged and enthralled from beginning to end. The particular style of J J Brown's writing uniquely brings alive the torment, emotion, pain and despair of not only Eva and Michael but in consequence and complexity, their friends and colleagues too. The devastating impact and betrayal on lives of a life-threatening disease is vividly and sensitively handled around the central love story with all the implications expertly woven into the ongoing plot.Read more ›
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