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I am a voracious reader, just about a book a day, and I have never read anything remotely like this. I just can't stop thinking about it. I hope this author treats us to more of his fertile imagination.
The form is innovative (at least I've never seen this particular technique used) and amazingly effective in moving the story toward its conclusion. A helluva book!
The book is part porno... part melodrama... part police procedural. Parts of this book are erotic. Parts are quite disturbing. A lot of it is sad-- from vaguely melancholy to deeply tragic. That being said, those with a dark sense of humor may also find some of it amusing. There are definite elements of noir fiction here, though the protagonist is more disturbed than criminal, and the love-affair, less about love than fantasy... and less about fantasy than trust.
There is a great amount and variety of sex in this book... I'm not even going to try to list all the kinds. For that quality alone, the book would be remarkable... though, of course, not all of the sex is erotic. Don't leave this book around your children, unless you are prepared to have some extremely frank and/or convoluted discussions with them.
(On the other hand... if we had a few more frank discussions with our children, and discussed more complicated issues, the world might be a very different place...)
The plot revolves around a man, Paul Sommers, whose marriage has recently imploded due largely to his wife's alcoholism and infidelity. Paul seeks solace in the arms of Laura Chambliss, a woman he has long desired-- and who is also a close friend of his ex-wife. Laura and Paul embark on a kind of exhaustive exploration of all their sexual fantasies... and the rest, a complex and painful devolvement incorporating documents of numerous kinds, I'll leave to the reader.
Much of the writing is really quite beautiful. Mr. Rue deftly portrays his characters with a succession of subtle touches, capturing both their human frailties and more noble impulses, both beauty and ugliness of spirit.
This book drew me in, slowly at first, until I found myself 200 pages in and unable to put it down. The remaining 450 pages flew by in a breeze until I found myself left with that quiet sadness at coming to the end of something so beautifully poignant--my own sense of saudade (to borrow the Portuguese word introduced by the author).
I wait with anxious anticipation for Mr. Rue's next work.
WARNING: This novel has extremely graphic sexual scenes but rest assured these scenes serve an important artistic function in the overall story.
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I really enjoyed the main character, (Paul Sommers).Read more