This is her story. About the end of her marriage. About what happened when Christopher went missing and she went to find him. These are her secrets; this is what happened....
A young woman has agreed with her faithless husband: It's time for them to separate. For the moment it's a private matter, a secret between the two of them. As she begins her new life, she gets word that Christopher has gone missing in a remote region in the rugged south of Greece; she reluctantly agrees to go look for him, still keeping their split to herself. In her heart she's not even sure if she wants to find him. As her search comes to a shocking breaking point, she discovers she understands less than she thought she did about her relationship and the man she used to love.
A searing, suspenseful story of intimacy and infidelity, A Separation lays bare the guilt that divides us from the inner lives of others. With exquisitely cool precision, Katie Kitamura propels us into the experience of a woman on edge, with a fiercely mesmerizing story to tell.
©2017 Katie Kitamura (P)2017 Penguin Audio
"A slow burn of a novel that gathers its great force and intensity through careful observation and a refusal to accept old, shopworn narratives of love and loss." (Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation)
"A novel so seamless, that follows its path with such consequence, that even minor deviations seem loaded with meaning. Wonderful." (Karl Ove Knausgaard, author of My Struggle)
Editor at Audible -- I like self-dev, Sci-Fi, and Fiction that leans a little bit, but not all the way, towards literary.
This book is billed in a number of places as a literary thriller, and it definitely does have a good degree of mystery and intrigue but no in the sense that you might expect from a thriller. So, if that's what you're looking for, something more action-oriented with a crazy plot this is not your book.
That being said, this book is excellent in many ways and is definitely worth a credit. The voicing is superb and the narrator does a great job of diving into Kitamura's hypnotic tone. It is incredibly slow though, I was playing this at X1.4 speed and it was ideal but when I went down to normal speed it sounded ridiculous.
It is a literary exploration of grief, marriage, identity and infidelity. Kitamura is a master at exploring her character's (only one real character to speak of - the protagonist) emotions. She does so subtly, very subtly; tip-toeing around the immense tension and conflict inherent in this books primary situation. She doesn't confront the conflict head on, and that's where some listeners may be put-off, waiting for a big reveal or a titanic moment where it all clicks.
It doesn't click plot-wise like a twisty thriller would, but it did hit me hard somewhere more subterranean, maybe spiritual, maybe existential.
This book would be for someone who likes a very, very slow narrative with lots of description and inner rumination.
The narrator read the book v-e-r-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y and it was not unusual for it to be obvious that she was caught off guard that the sentence had not ended. So it sounded stilted.
The book was mostly annoying. If I were reading it, I don't think I would have finished it. I kept hoping that something would happen at the end to create an element of surprise, but it just plodded along until it finally petered out at the end.
Monotonous reader certainly doesn't improve on the very, very long story. What a dreary protagonist: unloving, uncaring, self-absorbed, uninteresting. Save your credits.
I am not sure if I can finish this book I am so put off by the performance. At 1.25 speed it is still slow, emotionless and uninteresting! Can't focus on the story. The worst reading of a book I have heard so far and I am not even getting into the atrocious Greek accent.
monotonous narration and blah plot...very anti climactic...very disappointing very very disappointing.... I did not enjoy this book at all...I
Although this book was very well written, it was a bit too introspective for me. I think I had expected this to be more of a mystery about finding the estranged husband....more action, etc. Instead, there was so much inner dialogue that I felt myself wishing the author would move on and get to what was going to happen next in the story. I realize now that her intent was to be philosophical and not entertaining.
Dreadful. I wAnted to finish because I wanted to know the ending but it droned on and on with an expressionless reader and long unnecessary descriptions until I just gave up.
Description of book made it sound as if there were some kind of mystery or suspense and there was none. The narration did not help either. Sounded like she told the story as if she completely gave up on life.
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