A Memory of War

A Memory of War

Book - 2003
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When a new patient declares that he is his half-brother, psychologist Alexander Lescziak, the son of Polish immigrants, confronts painful truths about his life as he envisions his mother's relationship with a German prisoner of war.
Publisher: New York : Norton, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393049787
Branch Call Number: FIC Busc
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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