Sunday, 5 August 2012

Deconstructing INFATUATION – Merce Cardus

Deconstructing INFATUATIONDescription
Sometimes, whether you're single or with a significant one,
somebody appears in your life unexpectedly.
We feel the need to know who this person is,
the need to know exactly who this person is.
A story may offer different interpretations, even with several irreconcilable and contradictory meanings. As in Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta's story in Dante's Divine Comedy, this story is not about unfaithfulness either. This story is about infatuation: what burns inside of oneself when we let ourselves fall madly for someone.
My Opinion
I'll start by saying that when I received a request to review Deconstructing INFATUATION I was quite excited to read it. From the description it sounded like it wasn't going to be a normal romance story that sugar coated everything and it wasn't. This book was realistic and therefore intrigued me as I wanted to see how the story would develop outside the normality of the romance genre. 

The story follows Helen's life and how it is turned upside down by her new room mate Tiziano but for me there was a lot of detail missing. The book was fast paced but I found myself quite confused by the constant jumping around as I never really felt it went into enough description to help me understand. I would have liked to know more about the character's backgrounds to help me connect to the characters as I always felt distant from the story and never got lost in it.

This book (well it's really more of a novella) doesn't necessarily have a happy ending but I didn't mind that, it made a change from the 'they lived happily ever after' ending and kept in line with the realistic nature of the book. However for me it felt very rushed and didn't give a definite resolution, I would have liked to know a bit more about what each character did after and how they coped with the situations they find themselves in.

Overall I liked the initial idea and concept, the book kept me hooked but that was only because I was hoping that the story pick up and go somewhere, which in the end never happened. For me the story needed more detail and description as it seems a little rushed in places.


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