We all know that I am an avid reader (but if you didn’t, now you do!) The only problem is that I have the attention span of a flee, so I tend to read several books at the same time, while contemplating what to read next! I know, it’s insane…but then again I don’t think I’m all that sane hehe (just kidding…I’m perfectly sane.) As of right now I am reading “Seven types of Ambiguity” by Elliot Perlman. A very good read, but a heavy one at that. The book she chose follows seven perspectives of characters affected by the abduction of a 6-year-old and was rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com! I don’t have much time to read during the day, so you would catch me reading into the wee hours of the night. I just couldn’t seem to put this book down though.
More on the Book:
Its background is explained by the first of the novel’s seven connected narrators, a Czech psychiatrist named Alex Klima, who is more intrigued by the ”ambiguity of human relationships” than by the ambiguities of good poetry that Simon is obsessed with. As the novel opens in the middle of a long narrative road that takes you through brothels and casinos as well as the Australian prison and court systems by way of disquisitions on postmodern theory, blackjack, globalization and sexual fetishes.
Simon is tormented by an inability to get on with things, to step away from the past; he is forever loyal, whether to a literary theory or a woman. He has a permanent soft spot for his college sweetheart, Anna, a brainy but calculating beauty who dumped him 10 years earlier. Although Simon enjoys the domestic and erotic comforts of a stunning hooker, he is consumed by his memories of Anna.
Klima is initially pleased to find himself with this charming and intellectually gifted/somewhat melancholy, patient. But it quickly becomes clear that he has underestimated Simon’s condition, which has moved from one-sided love to pathological obsession. After a chance sighting of Anna and her son, Simon begins spying on Anna’s loveless marriage to a wheeler-dealer philanderer, and becomes obsessed with her son as well. Simon has convinced himself that she’s an inattentive mother to her 6-year-old son, Sam. Fearing that Sam is endangered by her lack of attentiveness, Simon kidnaps him, an act that embroils the novel’s main characters in ways that are sometimes inventive, frequently far-fetched and intermittently laughable. I consider this to be a psychological thriller that I could not put down! A definate must read.
Next on my list…”Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson. I remember seeing the movie a while back & we all know that the book is always better than the movie, so I can’t wait to get my hands on that book!