I read this because one of my closest friends gave it five stars on here. Oh, and because a popular movie that seemed like something I might like came out last year. But still, I went into this expecting to be…disappointed, maybe? I think this is because a few people I know said they didn’t like the ending of the movie.
So, I went into this with my guard up, almost suspicious.
But whaddya know? I just gave it five stars!
Read this book IF you:
A) Don’t mind reading about sexuality in any form
B) Don’t mind waiting…and waiting…til that part you were waiting for, but by the end of the book forgot you were ever waiting for.
My friend used the word “languid” to describe this book and I think that absolutely applies to much of the waiting and the leisurely world in which it takes place. Overall, I think that this is a story that speaks to the lust and overwrought pining of youth and the things in our lives that mark us. And then there’s the whole “what if” factor. I think that if you’ve done any amount of good living, there’s someone(s) in your life that was only a part of it for what now seems like a minute, but who changed you and possibly the direction of your course.
There is also the societal/cultural aspect of this book that relates to homosexuality in the 1980s. While the pining and the “what if” make this story universal in some aspects, that part makes it important.
“Time makes us sentimental. Perhaps, in the end, it is because of time that we suffer.”