The Idea of Love Paperback – 30 Jul 2009
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A wonderfully complex and original novel...the writing is so inventive and has such an alluring energetic zeal...utterly fresh and convincing...an enormous delight (Independent)
Engaging...it is hard to stop turning the pages...arresting...fizzes with talent (Sunday Times)
A fascinating story that examines the different ways in which people face the harsh realities of love gone wrong (Tatler)
An unforgettable study of the dark side of the mind (The Times)
Written with bite and edge (Eve)
About the Author
Louise Dean is the author of two previous novels: Becoming Strangers, which was awarded the Betty Trask Prize in 2004, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award, and This Human Season. She lives in Kent and has three children.
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Richard's pharmaceutical job takes him all over Europe and then into Africa, and it is here that he comes up against the dangers inherent in treating all cultures alike in the market-driven imperatives of drug proliferation. A side-plot also involves Rachel's desire to adopt an African child - and again, wealthy westerners are brought up against some uncomfortable truths about the continent which does not fit in with their naïve, if generous assumptions. This adoption side-plot though, feels rather pitch-forked in as an `issue' and is a less convincing element as a result.
The novel then moves back to life in the Var where Richard has a sudden epiphany, partly caused by his African experiences, but also by the realisation that his son has been growing up a stranger to him and he must face profound doubts about his marriage. The consequences play out with deeply affecting realism, not least for adolescent Max.
The novel tackles modern evils that masquerade as cure-alls, but weaved skilfully and inexorably with questions about the terrors that assault the lover no less than those betrayed by love. This is a beautifully constructed and artfully written book.Read more ›
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I was never quite sure where it was going to take me. If you have enjoyed Louise Dean's other books, you'll be sure to love this one.
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