One of my goals for the year is to read a book a month. Last year I attempted this and TOTALLY failed. So far, I’m on a pretty good streak as I’ve already read:
This means I’m still one book behind for the year, but May is a long month, right? I have a few that I want to start reading this month, but first… talking about the book I read last month.
Don’t judge me, but I totally picked “Fates and Furies” based on its cover and the fact that it was Amazon’s 2015 book of the year. It sounded interesting enough so sign me on up.
The first half of the book, “fate,” covers the life of a married couple from the man’s perspective. By time I finished reading this half, I was feeling pretty “meh” about the book. It was good, but not that interesting. The second half of the book, “furies,” offers the analysis of the same relationship but from the woman… and OMG I could not put it down! Lauren Groff created such a intriguing relationship through these two that it was addicting to see how it all turned out.
I don’t want to give it all away, so I’ll share the synopsis of the book:
Many a therapist will tell you that honesty and transparency is the glue that keeps a relationship together. Lauren Groff cleverly turns this concept on its head in Fates and Furies, demonstrating that sometimes it’s what you don’t say—to protect your partner’s vanity, their reputation, their heart—that makes a marriage hum. (Until it doesn’t.) Broken up into two parts and numerous perspectives, this dazzlingly told tale of one such marriage introduces us to Lotto and Mathilde. The former is an out-of-work actor-turned successful playwright, although some of that success is fueled by forces his ego obscures. And then there’s his adoring and enigmatic wife, Mathilde, who we later find out is a far better actor than Lotto ever was. For all the smoke and mirrors, Groff crafts a convincing love story that packs an emotional punch, especially when certain truths are revealed. There is also something satisfying in finding out the extent to which our own perceptions are skewed as the narrative unfolds. The title Fates and Furies is a nod to Greek Tragedy, and this novel revels in the themes befitting one—passion, betrayal, vengeance, redemption
If you can be patient with the first half being a little bit slower, I would definitely recommend “Fates and Furies.” A good read (especially when you’re on a beach!).
So, what’s up next? I have a few options that I’m looking at:
Which one would you pick for your next book?
What are you reading right now? Do you judge books based on their covers?
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