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Bluff by Lenore Skomal is the most intriguing and complex book of the year 2012 for me! With that said, it was also the most difficult book to read in 2012. If you look for something which is easy and all positive, then here is my word of warning to you - do not read this book! If you are looking for something which is mysterious, deep, dark, fascinating, intelligent, touches many serious issues, then you will definitely love Bluff!
Bluff by Lenore Skomal was utterly well written and cleverly crafted. It takes you to the places where you do not want to go and it forces you to think, and to take a step back to reflect and clear your own thoughts. It is bluntly honest and hits you in your face with characters that you might not even like, but who are so very human and real that it can scare you deeply. I can honestly admit, that Bluff is haunting me in my thoughts even after turning the last page and I will definitely read it again.
I loved it!
I find it hard to describe the plot without revealing too much, so I m trying to do my best not to include any spoilers and keep it short.
Meet Jude, a woman who is pregnant and who has mysteriously fallen off the bluff behind her house and ended in a vegetative state in the hospital. She is kept alive barely by the machines, but her consciousness is working very clearly. Through Jude's thoughts and through the characters visiting her bed side, the author opens a world filled with deception, lies, tragedy and hope.
I truly enjoyed how the author helps the main character Jude to redeem her life. Even though that the novel is a heavy read, it gave hope through Jude's inner world. It was a beautiful story filled with mystery and secrets. It's Jude's swan song.
The characters are interesting to say the least. I did not like many of them, but I could relate to them and I could understand them where they were coming from.
There is Frances, who is Jude's best friend and who is carrying few burdens herself; there is Jude's mom Gay who is still haunting Jude from her grave; there is a nurse Mary who is using Jude as a confidant; there is long lost sister who suddenly shows up - all these characters add a lot of color and mystery to the story!
Bluff by Lenore Skomal was an excellent and fascinating book. It provoked many thoughts and it is one of the most remarkable literary fiction books I have read for long time!
Bluff is very much a ‘things are never quite as they seem’ novel, with a lot more below the surface than is originally suggested. Characters who seem perfectly together, warm, friendly, kind, confident or focused have major flaws revealed over the course of the novel. Though Jude begins as the messed up disaster of the community, it becomes clear during the book that there are those with much darker secrets.
Like many novels with a ‘difficult’ main character, I found Bluff to be very thought-provoking. Jude is flawed – the memories and flashbacks suggest she can be miserable and anti-social – but she does display real vulnerability and tenderness at times.
The novel raises some big issues (some of which I can’t reveal without giving key plot points away), including organ donation, the church and drug abuse. I felt these complex areas were dealt with sensitively and in a thought-provoking manner.
Bluff was a very enjoyable read that kept me hooked. Touching, poignant and very sad at times, I found it well written and interesting.
**I received a copy of the book in exchange for my fair and honest review. I did not receive any additional compensation and all views are my own.**
She's in a coma, but her mind is still intact, and this gives us access to her inner thoughts uncensored by limiting social interaction. We learn a lot about her - her anxieties, fears, neuroses, introversion and problems as she grew up.
Her best friend, Frances, is often by her side at the hospital but we also hear about her home life, with its accompanying issues, as we do about the life of Mary the nurse and her husband. The introspection of the characters makes the book deeply psychological, but there is action too, like when Jude's long lost sister turns up and takes over, and like when Frances meets Mary's lawyer husband.
Jude is a highly complex character. She's deeply flawed and deeply disturbed, but through her introspection while in the coma, she manages to reflect back on her life with the aim of putting it all in perspective and finding peace.
This is a fascinating story for anyone who likes to think while they read, and have food for thought when they finish.
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