Oomph. This book. If you are married, have been married, are in a relationship, or have been in a relationship, you will get it. Fates and Furies is the story of a marriage, beautifully told from two perspectives; the first half is written from the husbands’ point of view, and the second half, the wife’s.
The characters reminded me of the characters in Gone Girl; I really didn’t like either of them. The husband, Lotto, is a complete narcissist, and his wife Mathilde is really quite a bitch.
Having said that, I will admit that I didn’t really enjoy it until the wife’s portion! And, probably not for the reason you think [all women stick together? No.]. The second half is incredibly twisted, full of highs, lows and subtle surprises. [Okay fine, I love twisted stories, i.e. Gone Girl.]
You are reading the individual perspectives of the same situation, and they couldn’t be more different. And that’s an interesting thing to realize – we may be having the same experience side by side with someone, yet that experience is still completely our own, due to our mindset, personal history and emotion at the time.
What stayed with me throughout the book is that you never really know someone. Really, we don’t. We can never get into someone else’s head, and even if you have been married for decades, as this couple was (as I am), there’s so much that still happens under the surface. They aren’t necessarily lies, but they might be omissions, and they might be untold facts.
I loved the writing style; it’s almost a like melodic prose. Almost poetry, but not, and so, so clever. It’s well done, and I’d recommend it.
What are you reading? I’m at loose ends without something on my nightstand!
[P.S. Narcissus from my garden – perfect for the narcissist in this story]