Beautiful! Dense, moving, disturbing, strange, passionate, anxious, beautifully written
I was all too ignorant!!! I didn’t know the author of the book is Paul Auster’s wife! Right, I bought this book What I Loved for the sake of picking the third one for the ‘buy 2 get 3’ promotion at the Bookfest. As it didn’t appear like the melodramatic bestseller and I felt pretty good with the first two minutes’ reading, I got it. In retrospect, I was so dumbed to dimiss the ubiquetous clues like the book was dedicated to Paul Auster and the background of the story was also New York and the writing was so Paul Auster, even the theme and everything. Admittely, I was amazed to find it turns out to be a female, Siri Huvstvedt.
I really enjoyed the book a lot, pretty much like what I did with Paul Auster’s Moon Palace and New York Trilogy, I finished it in one go. It was the kind of book which intrigues you the idea of ‘oh I’ve gotta write my own.’ And I begin to worry if Paul or Siri have no plan to write a book on themselves. They ARE the perfect characters for their own books, and they have a dancer daughter too. If there’s a way of life I have to envy and adorn, it must be like this – all day reading and writing novels and married to a guy who bothers nothing but reading and writing.
But for the book, it is a sad but lively account. It spans the life of an art historian, revolves his relationship between his best friends, parents, wife, son, best friend's son - how he loves them and how he is in love. (oh no but this is not the mass-market pop-psychology self-help book) At the end he was alone. I love the ending. It is a fiction, but it can't be more true....Continua