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not for the faint of heart
on 6 November 2013
BOUT THE BOOK:
Ordinarily here I would copy in the book blurb, but in this case I find it very wordy, which is much like the rest of the book. Instead I offer you my very brief synopsis:
Meet Daneka Sorenson, a very wealthy Danish transplant to New York City. Enter Kit, a financially poor New York Photographer. After a very short romantic encounter they then don't see one another for another 11 years, when they are once again thrown together. What follows is a steamy love affair, but with a cloud hanging over the relationship. They leave New York and travel together through many European cities ...
"What gradually comes to light in the space of two continents and one return transatlantic flight is that, while love's bite may initially be sweet, the aftertaste may be exceedingly bitter--when not downright nauseating." (This last bit is taken from the end of the book's blurb).
The book starts very slowly, and even when it reaches speed the book remains a complicated read. It feels as though the author has tried too hard for a colourful array of vocabulary, which ends up confusing and hard work. This comes across as a very intellectual book, which makes it very difficult to place. Whilst it definitely satisfies the criteria for outright erotica, I would have to say that this would be erotica aimed at the highly intellectual reader. This book sits very definitely within the Adult genre, and is not for the faint hearted.
The first 20% of the book is given over to a commentary from the author - we don't meet the characters really until this point - a fifth of the way in. The point of view changes often from one paragraph to the next, with a sudden shift of point of view mid flow on at least two occasions. We start the narrative with a lengthy foreword, and then leap 11 years to the first chapter. More detailed description and commentary follows, and finally - at about 30% of the way into the book - we are introduced properly to Daneka and Kit. However, the wordiness continues, which may explain why this is such a long book - over 160,000 words (approximately 450 pages). The book could do with some further editing, and there are enough instances of inadequate proofing to interrupt the read. Throughout, the dialogue is presented in many and various languages, each instance accompanied by an English translation. One nice touch was the inclusion of links to Youtube for the different pieces of music described, unfortunately - here in the UK at least - not all of those links work.
There is no doubt that this writer can write, and has great powers of description. However, the language used in this book is complicated where it could be simple. Whilst there were a few lines that I really liked, for the most part I simply found this book hard work. If you are a highly intellectual reader who enjoys erotica then this would be the book for you. At 450 pages this is never going to be a quick study. This is not a book for the faint hearted, and not just because of the sexuality. There is one scene in which we are treated to an incredibly graphic description of an automobile accident and its physical consequences for the bodies involved. Overall this is a decent enough read, and the author shows potential. He does, however, need to polish and simplify the writing and smooth out a few rough spots. I offer a soft 3 stars for this book.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review