Patricia Duncker's disturbing and ghostly tale of Oedipal passion.
The enigmatic Roehm fulfills many roles to Toby and Iso - father, lover, initiator to the rites of worldly men. The relationship lines are blurred and Toby finds himself torn between the urge to keep the life he has always known pure from other influences and his desires for Roehm. Neither mother or son can resist the dark attraction of the mysterious Roehm, man without a past, and seemly impossible to base in the reality of the present. Roehm seems to know their unvoiced thoughts and fears, and is a master in manipulation.
The searches Toby makes on the Internet and with the assistance of Liberty, Lucy's young lover, bring nothing but alpine references and hallucinogenic experiences for the bewildered Toby. In an effort to save Iso, who Toby believes has attempted to murder Roehm in a fit of passion, Toby finishes the killing and pursues the fleeing Iso to Switzerland where the answers to his questions about his parentage and about Roehm come not from the living world.
This moody, erotically questioning novel travels in fits and starts with a more satisfying pick up in pace in the final pages.Read more ›