2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
haunting and beautiful novel about how you use your life,
This review is from: Still with Me (Paperback)
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This is a slight french novel with a weighty reputation. This came highly recommended and has an interesting propostion so I was looking forward to reading it.
On his twentieth birthday Jeremy kills himself. Fuelled by drink and drugs and miserable having been rejected by his childhood sweetheart he decides to end his life. As it drifts away he has a vision of an old Jewish man reciting pages from the Torah.
Then a year later he wakes up in his bed, no one remembers that he killed himself and he is now in a relationship with the girl that caused him to have suicidal thoughts in the first place. He spends a few confused and blissful hours in this new life and then as he drifts off to sleep again he sees the Jewish man. The next time he awakens more time has passed and his life has continued without him. This sequence repeats, each gap being longer and the actions that the Jeremy in his absence has carried out becoming more and more extreme.
The idea itself isn't too original, it's essentially the life swop story that we have seen in Hollywood films such as Big or Vice Versa, and as I realised what was happening I found myself initially thinking it would become predicatable. What is different here is the sheer quality of the writing. It's easy to see why it has received such high plaudits. I found myself really emphathising with the horror that Jeremy felt on his waking each time, at the lack of control he had over the 'sleeping' Jeremy. What could have been predictable instead becomes a hugely powerful morality tale about responsibility and religion.