A Memory of War

A Memory of War

Book - 2003
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Psychologist Alexander Lescziak savors a life of quiet sophistication on Manhattan's Upper West Side, turning a blind eye to the past of his Polish #65533;migr#65533; parents. Then a new patient declares that he is the doctor's half-brother, the product of a union between Lescziak's Jewish mother and a German prisoner of war. The confrontation jolts Lescziak out of his complacency: suddenly, his failing marriage, his wife's infatuation with his best friend, and the disappearance of his young lover and suicidal patient, Nella, close in on him. Lescziak escapes into the recesses of his imagination, where his mother's affair with the German prisoner comes to life in precise, gorgeous detail. The novel unfolds into a romance set in England's Lake District in wartime, as Busch shows how our past presses on the present.
Publisher: New York : Norton, 2003.
ISBN: 9780393049787
0393049787
Branch Call Number: FIC Bus
Characteristics: p. cm.

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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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