Thursday, January 22, 2009

EDINBURGH - Alexander Chee

This is a novel that is breathless in its cruelty, yet thrilling in its beauty. It has been a while since I have read slowly, nibbling instead of devouring. These words have the sweetness of raw cane.

However, some can't get past the bitterness at the core of the novel. Fee, a twelve-year-old soprano for the local choir, is molested by his choir teacher. Due to the sequence of events, like dominoes, he becomes a ceramics teacher who wishes to be dead every day.

All right, detractors, I'll admit that the story is overwrought with red herrings and similarities and oh-no-way coincidences. But the writing. Oh, the writing is like listening to Yo Yo Ma or tapping the burnt crust of a perfect creme brulee. Like The Road, you have to read through the pain.

4.1 out of 5.0 Kisses in the Dark.

1 comment:

moonrat said...

yay!! you liked it!!

i responded SO strongly to this book, and i know a couple of other people who've read it have found it dark (as you point out). glad to hear someone else responded to it like i did!