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Book Review: Seven Types of Ambiguity by Eliot Perlman #AusReads17

Simon is an unemployed teacher in the throes of depression since a primary school student in his care went missing. While Simon was never charged of any wrong-doing, the child has never been found. His parents employ a psychiatrist, Dr Alex Kilma, to help Simon. However, Simon mainly seems fixated on his ex-girlfriend from ten years ago, Anna. Anna is now married to a wealthy stockbroker Joe but Simon knows it is a loveless marriage. Because Joe sees a prostitute, Angelique most weeks. And Angelique is Simon’s girlfriend. Sort of. All their lives intertwine when Simon picks up Anna and Joe’s six-year-old son, Sam from school without their knowledge.

Perlman explores each of these character in his 600-page epic. Their flaws, their distress, their motives and imperfections are all explored through their own points of view. None of them is perfect. None of them is completely likeable. Yet, none of them is completely unlikeable. While it was an intriguing read with unsettling themes about human beings in general, it was also very dialogue-heavy which made it tiring to read at some points. The author also appears to have his soap-box issues that he conveys through Simon or Kilma about literature, the government and the healthcare system. It can sometimes make for a tiring read.

If you have the time, and if dysfunctional people interest you, this might be a book you want to pick up.

My rating:

***Read and reviewed for the 2017 Aussie Author Challenge run by Jo. Also linking up with Kylie for IBOT***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Ness
    20 June 2017 at 9:20 pm

    I watched the TV drama. Ending was a bit meh and… ambiguous… Apt title, I guess. Definitely wouldn’t make it through a 700 page novel.

  • Ness
    20 June 2017 at 9:20 pm

    I watched the TV drama. Ending was a bit meh and… ambiguous… Apt title, I guess. Definitely wouldn’t make it through a 700 page novel.

  • Tash
    26 June 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Wow, sounds like a very twisted story… Would certainly need to be in a certain mind frame to read this one.

  • Tash
    26 June 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Wow, sounds like a very twisted story… Would certainly need to be in a certain mind frame to read this one.

  • Obsessivemom
    6 July 2017 at 11:51 am

    A six hundred page book where the characters are all dysfunctional! Sounds like a tough read. I do, however like how their lives are all inter-connected.
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  • Obsessivemom
    6 July 2017 at 11:51 am

    A six hundred page book where the characters are all dysfunctional! Sounds like a tough read. I do, however like how their lives are all inter-connected.
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