Book Review - Adultery
So, last night I finished reading a book..I have recently started reading again after the longest gap...I mean I have been reading in between but didn't finish any book I started so this one is special as I completed it. So, I thought to myself why not do a book review which I have never done before so, here I am writing this blogpost while I listen to music in my room and it's almost midnight...
Title - Adultery
Author - Paulo Coelho
Year of Publish - 2014
About the Author -
Mr. Paulo Coelho is a renowned brazilian lyricist and novelist best known for his best selling book The Alchemist.
A woman in her thirties begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody's eyes, she has a perfect life: happy marriage, children and a career. Yet, what she feels is an enormous sense of dissatisfaction. All that changes when she encounters a successful politician who had, been her high school boyfriend. As she rediscovers the passion missing from her life, she will face a life-altering choice.
Here is my take on the book:
I got this book for 2 reasons: Ever since I read 'The Alchemist' and 'The Zahir' by Paulo Coelho I have been a huge fan of the author and second, the title, tagline and the synopsis intrigued me. But did it impress me? Let's find out..
The story revolves around 3 characters: Linda, a journalist, married for 10 years and a mother of two. Linda's husband, who is a wealthy business man also in his thirties and loves her. Jacob König, Linda's high school ex boyfriend, a married man and an upcoming politician.
The story starts with "Every morning, when I open my eyes to the so-called "new day", I feel like closing them again, staying in bed, and not getting up." that's Linda, and yet she has quite an introduction for herself which for me is a bit too much.. “Ah, but I haven’t introduced myself. Pleased to meet you. My name’s Linda,” she says in a manner that sounds gracious, even charming, then continues, “I’m in my thirties, five-foot-eight, 150 pounds, and I wear the best clothes that money can buy (thanks to my husband’s limitless generosity). I arouse desire in men and envy in other women.”
I find the protagonist torn between her perfect life and the void that she feels from inside. She is unable to justify the real reasons behind her sadness, so she often questions herself and the things that she does and ends up comparing herself with either Frankenstein’s monster or Jekyll-Hyde character. She is so driven to bring back the lack of passion and adventure in her life that she is ready to risk all she has just to explore what she is missing in her life.. But is it worth risking it all, she realizes just at the right time..
I find Linda’s husband a bit too good for her. I mean he is just the perfect person with the best kind of understanding for his wife. I mean at one point during reading the book, I could relate him to the character played by Ajay Devgun in the movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam....And why the hell he has no name in the entire book??
I kind of pity Jacob König’s character for a few reasons...first he is married to a beautiful women but married for all the wrong reasons, he doesn't exactly love his work and finally goes on having extra marital affairs just to fight the depression he is in instead of seeking medical help because it may compromise his political career. Such a tied up dude!!
For me, I was expecting a bit more out of this book. The storyline is average, there is nothing new in the story..I mean after reading about 50 pages I knew where the story was heading and it was easy to predict the ending. Its as if an old bollywood movie has been turned into a book giving the characters a modern avatar, throwing in a few explicit erotic scenes...that's about it!!
Anyhow, but just like the other books by Paulo Coehlo this novel has some beautiful quotes in it...Here’s a list of the quotes\excerpts from the book that I really liked...
“Today I am a woman torn between the terror that everything might change and the equal terror that everything might carry on exactly the same for the rest of my days.”
“If Evil exists, it’s to be found in our fears.”
“We aren’t who we want to be. We are what society demands. We are what our parents choose. We don’t want to disappoint anyone; we have a great need to be loved. So we smother the best in us. Gradually, the light of our dreams turns into the monster of our nightmares. They become things not done, possibilities not lived.”
“Love isn't just a feeling. It's an art. And like any art, it takes not only inspiration but also a lot of work.”
“We are the ones who create the messes in our heads. It does not come from outside.”
“Because I always have to show I’m worthy of your love. I have to fight for our marriage, for our union, in ways that have nothing to do with our children. I love you. I would endure anything, absolutely anything, to always have you by my side. But I can’t stop you from leaving one day.”
“When you love each other, you have to be ready for anything. Because love is like a kaleidoscope, untill the kind we used to play with when we were kids. It’s in constant movement and never repeats itself. If you don’t understand this, you are condemned to suffer for something that really only exists to make us happy.”
“Record things in your heart. It’s more important than trying to show people what you’re experiencing.”
“When we give everything, we have nothing more to lose. And then fear, jealousy, boredom, and monotony disappear, and all that remains is the light form a void that does not frighten us, but brings us closer to one another.”
“Let us first seek Love, and everything else will be added.”
Let me know, if you have read this book and your views on it and If you liked any of the quotes from above...I would love to know your perspective too.
Until Next Time,