Sunday, July 20, 2008

Scars on the Soul (1972)

For those of you observant readers out there who might remember Children of the Alley in this spot, I just can't do it. I don't have the patience. I need something quick and easy about the idle and aimless. It's summer after all.

Published in 1972, Scars on the Soulhas been called an "experimental" novel. The author Francoise Sagan speaks as her characters' creator and includes the reader in her decision-making process. The story of Sebastian and Eleanor, a brother and sister team who take on lovers to cover expenses, runs along side the author's rantings about her personal attempts to satisfy a public that doesn't understand her. Clever construction, but a little exhausting since most of Sagan's commentary comes across as bitter and unintelligible. Not exactly the mindless novel I'd hoped it would be.

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