This review is from: Consumption A Novel (Kindle Edition)
Consumption: A Novel is a book which will haunt you for long time after you finish reading it. It is that good! It was a very good and easy read, the language was very professional and the story itself very captivating. This book is about friendship, letting go and cutting the relationships. It's a sad and happy story in the same time. I would highly recommend this book to people who love serious novels. I said, it was easy to read, but you should be warned that the topics which the novel touches are complicated. It's a story about human behavior through friendship. Friendship which consumes everything and everybody you have. It's a must read!
Regarding the plot:
The story follows friendship between Sara Sexton and her childhood friend Martin Blake through decades. It starts with Sara visiting Martin where Sara realizes that Martin has changed into high-profile interior designer in Hong-Kong.
Their friendship changes, especially after Sara is meeting Andy. Martin gets more possessive over his friendship with Sara and Sara's life is suffering due to that.
The plot flows. There is not much action in the book, but it keeps you interested until the last page is turned. It shows the best and worst parts of friendship and how it can influence your life and your world.
Regarding the characters:
I felt for Sara and was sometimes really annoyed by the fact that she kept the friendship alive and did not want to let go of Martin. In the same time I felt sympathy for her. She was a strong woman with one specific weakness - her friendship with Martin. Martin was so complex until you found out what was wrong with him. He seemed empty as a person, but still very interesting as a character.
In my opinion there was a third main character as well - consumption. Be it consuming goods or people, the consumption played a huge role in this book.
If you like contemporary novels, this book is a must read. It is painful, but brilliant book!