A Memory of War

A Memory of War

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Alexander Lescziak, a successful psychologist in Manhattan, has his world turned upside down when a new patient claims to be his half-brother, the product of a union between Lescziak's Jewish mother and a German prisoner of war. As his own failing marriage and the disappearance of his young lover close in on him, Lescziak escapes into the recesses of his imagination where his mother's affair comes to life in precise detail.
Publisher: New York : Norton, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780393049787
Branch Call Number: FIC Busch
Characteristics: 352 p.


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Jul 04, 2011

Although this book came highly recommended by Nancy Pearl (author of Booklist and former Seattle librarian), its stream of consciousness style was exhausting and eventually tedious, in my opinion. The subject matter is very interesting but the style wore me down. The main character, a therapist, has a tendency to ruminate when he should be paying attention to his patients. Repeatedly he imagines his mother imagining her lover or he imagines his wife having sex with his best friend and it all gets quite convoluted and speculative. The author also, judging from the frequency with which it appears in the book, has a bit of a thing about masochistic women who enjoy rear-entry sex. I grew weary of his sexual fantasies.
I read the whole book but honestly, I don't think it was worth my time.

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