A Memory of War

A Memory of War

Large Print - 2003
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Psychologist Alexander Lescziak savors a life of quiet sophistication on Manhattan's Upper West Side, but his marriage has become stale and he has an unethical attraction to a young patient. When a new patient declares that he is the product of a union between Lescziak's Jewish mother and a German prisoner of war, Lescziak is finally jolted out of his complacency: As despair and pain close in, he escapes into the recesses of his imagination, where his mother's affair with the German prisoner comes to life in precise, gorgeous detail. It is here that A Memory of War unfolds into a romance -- and the past becomes intermingled with the present.
Publisher: Thorndike, ME : Center Point Pub., 2003.
ISBN: 9781585473502
Characteristics: 430 p. (lg. prt.) ; 23 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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