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In Jon Zimmer’s novel, the era is the 1960s, but I didn’t find that helpful to the story, which is perhaps why there’s no feeling of the era in the book.
The author flips the psychological script, because narcissists are primarily men, according to PsychCentral.com, which is our guide here:
“The symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder include: grandiose sense of importance, preoccupation with unlimited success, belief that one is special and unique, exploitative of others, lacks empathy, is arrogant, and is jealous of others. These symptoms cause significant distress in a person's life.”
A clinical description is necessary since this book reads like a case study, for the most part, with little dialogue.
Charlotte’s “dark journey” begins with a vengeance against a neighbor’s dog. It’s a risky, if compelling place to start, because engaging a reader's emotions is central for an author. I almost bolted.
“Charlotte-First-and-Foremost-At-Any-Cost mode” of behavior escalates throughout the book. Her victims are all males, her husbands.
The sterile severity of the book is tactical, as I see this tale. Leaving the reader evaluating a woman who is completely lacking in redeeming qualities, while being totally irresistible physically.
The ending could be a statement by the author. Or maybe it's acknowledgment that exposing yourself to one person who will take you as you stand is the only way to get through life, no matter your personal pathology.
Narcissists cannot be cured.
Not even by love.
This is one of the most moving book I picked up in awhile. Charlotte is a very emotionally discontent character who thought that her ultimate happiness was wealth. She knew that she was in control of the situations and outcomes around her. With her carefully crafted persona, she used her looks and intelligence to work her way toward power and immersion wealth. She suffered from what is known as Narcissist Personality Disorder. Once she reached her desired wealth, she realized that it didn't filled the void inside her. A companion was something she needs as well.
But during those early years, she developed an inner world...and hers was all important. If something affected her life in any way that was not wanted, she made sure something happened... The first time was when a dog who had been chasing her...was somehow hurt by a passing car. Nobody saw her tempting and taunting him to come out on the road... Then there was her desire to become head cheerleader...
How many are out there, living across the world, for surely it is not just in America, although there may be far more here... Who of us are not aware of all the reality shows that merely have rich and beautiful women fighting...or those who had reached notoriety which now includes posting nude selfies online daily. I've always been a women's advocate, but I'm ashamed of today's women... Or those teenagers you see on Dr. Phil or some other program that speaks to the lack of self-control, the lack of respect for their parents or anybody else.
Uma Thurman was
chosen to play Charlotte
purely based on her
On the back of the book, we are asked to be judge and jury. I judged her guilty, because she was a brilliant woman, and she knew what she was doing. The question I had was how many women...and men...are out there doing exactly the same thing?
Do you know anybody who does not let others get in the way of getting what they want? Consider if you would that it only took me about 10 minutes to find relevant music...and what individuals are listening to...
Sure, I believe that all individuals should be able to fulfill their life's goals...but are these goals being set by what they hear and see outside of their home?
Or even in their home?
Charlotte was just four when her mother asked if she wanted to walk to school by herself? That she was going to school showed her intelligence which was totally being supported by both parents...
But what about her emotional maturity. She had been taught to think and be independent enough to walk alone from home to school. So when a huge dog started following her, then chase her, this four-year-old girl didn't go home, crying to her mother. She instead made a plan...she planned to have him run over by a car. Not necessarily to kill him, but to make sure he never chased her again... But if he was killed? Well, that, too, would fulfill her needs...
This was an extremely hard book for me to read. The pressure, the drive to ensure children grow up to be a success begins early these days. Forget about love and emotional growth, supported by parents...None of that was mentioned in Charlotte's early life...
I'd recognized that in my own life, I was taught prejudice. I was intelligent enough to make my own decisions that I didn't want to follow this type of teaching. Charlotte became a brilliant physicist, married early and was totally in love, only to lose her first husband in Vietnam. That loving support she'd gained in her life had been ripped away from her. She reverted back to Old Charlotte... Her next marriages was mostly based on the wealth of the man...
The key to her life's actions was manipulation. She used, for instance, her body's beauty, to gain attention. She then played a part that would seem to be one thing in front of others, while she was manipulating upcoming events via what plan worked to get her what she wanted...
Now I have to add that the worst manipulator with whom I've worked was a man...He used to meet with my office staff, make agreements and then we'd find out later that none of his staff knew anything about the decisions. Have you met people who always put themselves first in interpersonal interactions. What have you done? One man in the book committed suicide for being cast out of a job he'd had for 30+ years...It sounded very familiar to my situation... The difference I've always know when somebody was trying to manipulate me...
If you've let it happen, then this book is a must-read. And if there are those of you who are undecided about the upcoming election, this book just might help you decide on your own plan of action... Kudos to the author who undoubtedly met one or more narcissists...and wrote a book about it!
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