- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2806 KB
- Print Length: 588 pages
- Publisher: Javier A. Robayo; 1 edition (15 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007QGJF4S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,172,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Knowing that the stranger called Tony is in love with someone else Sam still spends a passionate night with him. Knowing the relationship is not going to go anywhere because his heart belongs to another, they part after that one night and they go their separate ways. Sam is left with one question that will burn away at her over the following years, what would it take to be loved the way he loved Gwen?
Over the years Sam becomes obsessed about Tony and his story. Wanting to know why and what was so special about Gwen and to why Tony would choose Gwen over her. When she looks Tony up on the social networking site facebook, she also finds Gwen. When she becomes friends with Gwen through facebook and they become close will she get the answers she as been looking for?
The Gaze is one of those brilliant books that draws you in from page one. The main character Sam is a lost soul who has hidden depths and the more you read on in the story the more the reader learns more about what is going on deep down with Sam emotionally, and the cause of this. This is a rather long story, but it does keep the reader entertained and in suspense throughout the story. There is no way that the reader can predict what will happen next or to what the outcome of the story will be. The Gaze managed to capture my gaze from beginning to end. An excellent written storyline, that comes to a very satisfying ending.
We're introduced to twenty-year-old Samantha when a customer at the diner she waitresses at catches her attention as he intensely writes on a paper placemat. Curious, she boldly sits across from him and inquires about what he's writing, which he declines to share. She gives up and returns to work. When the man leaves the diner just as her shift ends, she sees the placemat has been left behind. Samantha also learns from his bill that his name is Tony Amaya.
Samantha responds to the indirect invitation and reads what Tony had written: a moving poem about his lost love, Gwen. In it, he declares his undying love for her. Much is revealed about Samantha in her response to this poem. Impulsively, she runs after Tony and asks for a ride home. This action leads to becoming a one-night stand.
Over a decade later-- years that had been wrought with heartache, abuse, and addiction-- Samantha hunts down her obsession, Tony Amaya, on Facebook and befriends his wife, Gwen. As this unnerving friendship develops, the reader learns why it is that Samantha can't stand her own gaze.
Before delving into my analysis of characterization, I'd like to point out that British Samantha's first person narrative is created by Ecuadorian Javier A. Robayo. The narrative reads so feminine that I had to keep reminding myself a male wrote it. This a major achievement alone.
You may have picked up in my summary that this story frustrated me, or more precisely, the characters frustrated me, which is also a testament to Robayo's genius. I wanted to pluck almost all of them off the page at different times and give them a good shake for their poor choices, choices that I've unfortunately witnessed people I know make. Robayo's characters are flawed, broken, and deceive themselves in their true motives, just as real flesh-and-blood people do. But despite their deficiencies, they also possess enduring and noble qualities. These traits are portrayed especially well in Samantha's relationship with her childhood friend, Lewis. Everyone should have a friend like Lewis.
Along with demonstrating the complexity of the human mind and heart in his characters, Robayo also masters their dialogue. It's very natural and believable. Writing dialogue in another dialect can be disastrous, but Robayo pulls this challenge off brilliantly. The English come across authentic. I especially enjoyed exchanges between Samantha and the very witty Lewis.
Due to sexual content and adult situations, I do not recommend this novel for anyone under the age of 18. For adults who enjoy an exceptional character study, you'll appreciate this tale of human failure and triumph told from the perspective of "the other woman," and I predict you'll become an ardent Javier A. Robayo fan, too.
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