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"The Dichotomy of Love",
This review is from: The Angelic Darkness (Hardcover)THE DICHOTOMY OF LOVE
In "A Remembrance of Things Past", Proust wrote brilliantly about the "mystery of personality", in the sense that we always question ourselves regarding love and the personality of those we love: "who is the one I love and who am I when I love?" This might very well be the central theme to this novel.
"The Angelic Darkness" is a beautifully written story of love, mystery and the search for the self. Bill Ticino is someone who has been through life
with all the lies, confusion and treacheries of a common man. Then, certain dramatic events change everything and he is forced to face his own self and the demons that lurk inside his soul. Abandoned by his wife and terrified of being alone he rents a room to Peter, a mysterious Portuguese man, a storyteller from Angola, who reveals a totally different world to him, full of disturbing and exotic sensations.
Bill goes through a rite of passage, a true coming of age. He feels as if he is reborn, and experiences all the beauty and pain of this process. In his voyage he searches out his own sexual, emotional and psycho-social identity and is able to transcend the seeming inevitability of a commonplace existence, one condemned to mediocrity.
Peter influences Bill's life so completely that he begins to perceive the world in a way that makes him question all his previous opinions. He discovers his deeper self, becomes ready to love and to fully enjoy the pleasures of the senses--to experience rage, brutality, remorse and fear. On becoming more human, he transcends his "mortal coil", with all the ecstasy and danger that this implies.
The dichotomies of angel/devil, male/female, good/bad, sickness/health, light/darkness exist inside all of us to different extents. Our daily lives, marked by routine, make us forget that we carry this richness within ourselves. Richard Zimler,a very original, sensitive and inteligent writer shows, in this magical book, the way towards wonderful discoveries that no psychoanalysis or religious feelings can achieve by themselves.