A Cure for Suicide
Long listed for the National Book Award, I thought this would be
better than it was. It was intriguing enough that I had to keep reading.
I kept waiting for that AHA moment when everything would click and I
would understand what the Heck was going on. Very sci=fi, very very
weird. One of the reviews I saw (after I finished the book) said it
"would repay a second reading" and I suspect that is true.
main character-- "The Claimant" -- has apparently suffered some type of brain
washing (i.e., his memory has been dumped, scrubbed, or otherwise
erased). We never really figure out whether he attempted suicide
(perhaps the title might have lead us to that question?????), was in a
terrible accident, had an illness, or WHAT.
He is in the "care"
of The Examiner, who guides him through levels of consciousness in the
"Process of Villages." I really can't say anything else because I'm not
sure I understood enough of what was happening to be able to report on
I suspect that there is a segment of the reading public that will LOVE this book. I didn't dislike it. I just didn't get it. I'd love to hear from readers who did.
A Cure for Suicide
Pantheon (2015) 256 pages
Literary fiction, speculative fiction
I wish I knew.
Why did I read this book now? I was reviewing for the Maine Reader's Choice Awards
Monday, January 4, 2016
The Publisher notes:
America's top financial secret agent Blackford Oakes performed his first heroic effort in SAVING THE QUEEN in which William F. Buckley Jr. coaxes readers back to the earliest days of the Cold War. The year is 1951. Harry Truman is president, and the beautiful, young Queen Caroline has just settled onto the throne of England. The CIA is baffled at the shocking things going on in London. Vital Western military secrets are falling into Soviet hands and, worst of all, the leak has been traced directly to the queen's chambers. A recent Yale graduate and ex-combat pilot, the debonair Oakes is selected to penetrate the royal circle, win the queen's confidence, and plug the leak. It all leads to an explosive showdown in the skies over London, one that could determine the future of the West.My impressions
I'm hooked. Blackford Oakes is a spoiled, wealthy, handsome, very bright Yale graduate with a chip on his shoulder. Recruited by the CIA at the height of the Cold war, his adventures saving the fictional British Queen Caroline from making a fool of herself is rather James Bondish, but high class nonetheless. Tightly plotted, it introduces a cast of characters I'm sure we're going to meet in the books ahead, and each of them is someone I look forward to seeing again.
Although they are dated, reading them as historical fiction is still enjoyable.
Title: Saving the Queen
Author: William F. Buckley, Jr.
Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (2005), Paperback, 275 pages
Subject: CIA and Cold war
Series: Blackford Oakes Novels #1
Source: inherited from relative
Why did I read this book now? It's been sitting on the shelf too long.
Posted by Tina at 12:01 AM