The Drowning People
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This is an extremely well-written and unusual book, which overlaps several literary styles. On one level it is a murder mystery, except that you know on the first page that the narrator James Farrell has killed his wife Sarah. The story behind "why" unfolds along with the rest of the book.
The main theme running the book is love. James great love is Ella, cousin to Sarah. James' other love is his music. James, Ella & Sarah are caught in a triangle of jealousy and passion, and this resolution of this triangle causes 3 deaths throughout the novel. Interestingly, there are other love triangles in the book. Sarah, Charles and Ella. Ella, James and Eric.
The story is told from James' memories. He narrates as a 70year old man, looking back 50 years to his early twenties. It is an honest account of the passion of youth, love, jealously, friendships and betrayal. Extremely well-written, clever and engaging book!
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