Regina Gottlieb had been warned about Professor Nicholas Brodeur long before arriving as a graduate student at his prestigious university high on a pastoral hill. He’s said to lie in the dark in his office while undergraduate women read couplets to him. He’s condemned on the walls of the women’s restroom and enjoys films by Roman Polanski. But no one warned Regina about his exceptional physical beauty - or his charismatic, volatile wife.
My Education is the story of Regina’s mistakes, which begin in the bedroom and end - if they do - 15 years in the future and thousands of miles away. By turns erotic and completely catastrophic, Regina’s misadventures demonstrate what can happen when the chasm between desire and duty is too wide to bridge.
©2013 Susan Choi (P)2013 Blackstone Audio
I thought this book offered a really honest view of what it feels like to be 23-ish and in love, albeit not with the right person. My life at university was not filled with nearly as much adultery (that I knew of, maybe), but I think Susan Choi got so much absolutely spot-on. Everything burns brighter when you are that age, and then you lose that intensity as you get older, which is a little bit sad but mostly comfortable and ultimately good. The characters are all annoyingly selfish, I don't think I'd want to be friends with any of them, but I did enjoy this listen very much.
And a good teacher is always a student. However when boundaries are lacking between student and teacher there is certain and immediate upheaval, chaos, risk and enormous pain. It's a dangerous pastime and there are laws prohibiting it. Affairs between students and teachers is real enough in our world and has been for ages.
Growing up, coming of age is necessary, painful, sometimes without grace. Coming of age is a mixed up mess. Add the student/teacher affair and this mess multiplies tenfold. If there is anything good that comes of it, it's the learning and growth, the should haves and shouldn'ts. But so much risk, betrayal, damage, loss of innocence.
This book has it all. It felt long however it kept my interest. I found each character real and lovable, with so many flaws yet so convincingly lovable. It all seemed plausible in a fantastic sort of way. I also thought the narrator expressed each character well.
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