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The Body Spoken
From its first sentence - a startling confession from one stranger to another - this novel unfolds like a haunting cinematic dream. Against the backdrop of the shifting American countryside, each scene peels away layer after layer to bare its characters' secrets until all is at last revealed. Or is it? A man and a woman meet on a train bound for Los Angeles. Each is brimmi ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Dutton Adult
(first published January 1st 1999)
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I can understand why some readers gave this book a low score, but I liked it. This is the story of a man and a woman who meet on a cross country train trip. Along the way, the woman relates the story of her life to the man, a life that has been a most difficult one. It is not until the last three chapters of the book that we find out the underlying truth. Is this book easy to read? No. Is the subject matter disturbing? Yes. It is worth reading? Most definitely.
Zwei Menschen treffen sich auf einer Zugfahrt von New York nach Los Angeles. Sie haben sich noch nie zuvor gesehen und werden die nächsten fünf Tage miteinander verbringen. Hemy hat eine traurige, groteske Lebensgeschichte hinter sich. Der Tiefpunkt war die Zeit, als sie in einem Altenheim wie am Fließband Senioren duschte, die in ihren Rollstühlen mit der Seife in der Hand vor der Dusche aufgereiht warteten. Irgendwann in ihrem Leben hatte sie beschlossen, von nun an ein Mann zu sein und nannte ...more
Heavy stuff! And this is not the kind of book I use to read ... I don't care if the story is a metaphor or not, the story itself is sick! It made me sad and was full of despair and loneliness. I shouldn't have read it on my holidays. Still I somehow liked the book in the end. Perhaps because it was so different from the stuff I used to read.
Feb 12, 2011 Rachel McCready-Flora rated it it was ok · review of another edition
I read through half of this before putting it down. Usually I like stories that are part tall-tale and I can really get into an unusual narrative or writing style, but I found this far-fetched and contrived.