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This review is from: Hope (Paperback)
Hope is a story of living in the past. It is a story of a man, not yet 30 but feeling at life's dead end, who cannot forget having experienced true love. It is a novel soaked in despair, burning and urgent despair, and self-loathing and guilt, for having brought about his own destruction.
The book can sometimes be a little repetitive, and the constant angsty mental self-flaggelation of the narrator made me skip the odd paragraph, as the book takes its time to tell a fairly limited amount of plot and story. But it is well-written, with real craftsmanship and care for the writing.
It is also a completely soul-destroying, depressing read for anyone who has felt real love, but lost it, and for romantic males. It's a tale about pornography and objectification, about soul destruction and the brutality of purchased artificial sex, not on the willing participants, but against the mind of the consumers.
The book moved me. As I don't really enjoy feeling crushed, I wish I had not read it. It is genuinely oppressive, pessimistic and cynical to read - but very well done despite it all.
The frank pornographic and graphic language takes a while to accustom to, however.