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Recent History: A Novel Paperback – April 9, 2002
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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Top Customer Reviews
Luca's considerable conflicts are of the yearning for love and connection, of desire versus the longing for acceptance and the safety of conventionality, and some real confusion regarding his sexuality, and - ultimately - of how to live. Countless other protagonists in similar straits have been encouraged by authors to drink like fish, wreck cars, abandon families and betray lovers. Giardina's narrator fights his battles quite differently, with a quietude and a respect for those who would love him. That is some of why this story is well worth reading.
Luca's urge to live honestly competes agonizingly with his desire to hide. There are moving and poignant descriptions of people and inner states. The suburban milieu of Luca's childhood is memorably rendered. There is no misogynism, and no homophobia. Transcendent (hetero)sexual love would seem to be Luca's goal, yet throughout this novel desire is muted, and during lovemaking with women, Luca's mind is often elsewhere.Read more ›
Luca Carcera, twelve years old in 1962, confronts his father's homosexuality in with a combination of denial and confusion. A sensitive single child whose shattered sense of family stability induces the development of dispassionate observation, Luca's withdrawl from initmate relationships coincides with his wondering about the limits of knowledge. Indeed, one of the central ironies about the novel is its title; as an adult, Luca becomes a history teacher who repeatedly notes that history is little more than guesswork. Knowledge to Luca, therefore, is permeated with relativity. As a shaken youngster, Luca senses "there was a power to standing outside, to knowing things about people they didn't know you knew."
Knowledge, however, is false armor for Luca. Angry and frightened, Luca determines that "the way to get back" at his father "was to fall from perfection, to fall as far as I could.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book sounded like it would be really interested, but as I was reading it, I could only think how boring and uninteresting it was. Read morePublished on November 3, 2006 by Vyacheslav Lukyanenko
The writing is too close to the bone, too true and too subtle not to be autobiographical. It is also a literary masterpiece. Read morePublished on December 10, 2004 by Benjamin Rossen