A young wife narrates her separation from her husband (and almost everything else) on her search in Greece. Not your typical infidelity story, the Rachel Cusk voice and character grows oddly and gradually distanced and disturbed by all worldly mores. Slow and less developed first half, could have been sharper and shorter for a better read.
A long slog to an unsatisfying ending.
A little... boring? But I was compelled enough to finish it.
I'm always on the lookout for a good mystery and it was rated very well commercially. Usually I will stick with anything but this was too painful to finish. Very slow. Uninteresting characters and plot. Disappointing.
"A woman" (she is never named), travels to Greece in search of her husband, Christopher. Her purpose is to inform him that she wants a divorce, but she's also going at the behest of his mother, who is concerned that she cannot contact him. No one knows it yet, but that's because he's dead. Once in Greece, she learned that he has continued his practice of constant philandering. Ultimately, he was found dead; there are no suspects, no leads, and no motive other than random robbery. Arrangements are made for his body to be shipped back to the states.
This book is engrossing, not because of the plot but because the woman's thoughts, reactions, fears, self-governing machinations are made wholly available to the reader. She is torn between sadness and relief at the ending of her marriage. And she peers into her own psyche to determine the source and meaning of every nuance of feeling.
I read with expectation as the story moved to lack of typical completion. The writing has more style than story so I enjoyed how the author took us on the journey that departed from the more typical search for missing person or who committed the crime.
I gave up a little less than halfway through, just not "mesmerized" by the endless thought processes of the narrator, who thinks a great deal but seems relentlessly distant from what is actually happening to her. I was curious enough about the disappearance to skip to the ending, which was sufficiently unsatisfying to make me glad I did not spend any more time on the meandering text.
Not great. The writing flows easily enough, but there isn't much plot to speak of and the 'insights' the books consists of (instead of plot) aren't very deep. Not a very interesting look at a marriage; the question it explores could be summed up as 'what is it like when you don't get the conclusion you were looking for.'
A well written and well paced book about love and loss and the end of a marriage told through careful observation of a woman who was in another country while the events unfold.
Setting and character figure large, plot is almost nonexistent, in this first person narrative of finely observed behavior and emotions.
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