This is an amazing book, not only because of the excellent storyline, but because of Russel's beautiful proze. I must admit I had read ahead to find out how the novel will end to be able to fully enjoy each sentence without rushing the experience out of curiosity.This book is of course a story of a teacher-student relationship, but so much more than that. For me it is about human covardice, our ability and proneness for procrastination, choosing security above all else - lives wasted, peaceful unhappiness. And those who do not succumb to such dead stillwater of a life, those who 'obey the gods' demands'put themselves out of law. Tracy Parker the young teacher is fantacising about being HIV positive, but is too afraid of the truth to go and have himself tested. However, the thing he is so afraid of is not testing positive, but negative. Those who are dying owe nothing to life anymore. They can choose the most convenient, the easiest way, they can wall themselves up in their homes, vegetate there all they want. If he knows he is not dying, then there are no loopholes anymore.
This is a great book, such a memorable experience and I am definitely going to look for other books from the same author.