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After: A Novel

2.97  ·  Rating Details ·  58 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
After is the story of an intense affair that takes place over a day and a night. It has been a year since the woman's husband was murdered by Islamic extremists. Now she decides to take a lover, a Muslim man. Telling their story from both points of view, Claire Tristram describes their passion and their tenderness, their shifting desires and hesitations, and the unexpected ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Picador (first published 2004)
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
An unnamed woman, struggling to move past her husband's murder, decides to have sex with someone who shares the background of the terrorists responsible for her grief. She seeks out a Muslim man and lures him to an isolated hotel room. Most of the novel takes place on a very limited stage.

So is it a revenge fantasy? A twisted erotic romance? I think in colder hands it could have been either of those things, but this novel is something else. The woman is not actually sure what she wants. Maybe i
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Mark Valentine
Mar 06, 2016 Mark Valentine rated it liked it
Erotica must have some basis of intimacy; if it doesn't, then it slides quickly into the pornographic and the beastly. So this brief novel seemed flawed from the beginning because the widow (never named in the story) beds a ( secular) Muslim husband (also never named) in a hotel in California over the span of one night. What kind of intimacy can be achieved with a one-night-stand between two-unnamed individuals sharing passions but not much else?

I think Tristram attempted some kind psychologica
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Ametista
Jul 14, 2012 Ametista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eros


Una donna perde il marito nel tragico 11 settembre, restando sola con il suo dolore. Esattamente dopo un anno decide di incontrare un uomo mussulmano in un albergo, con il quale ha deciso di dividere la propria intimità per due giorni.
Durante l'incontro continua a pensare al marito, al sesso asettico, pudico, che stranamente c'era tra due esseri così uniti; provando addirittura disgusto e distacco nei confronti dell'amante.
Dopo un'isolita cena i ruoli dei due si scambiano; la donna canalizzaerà
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Kristina
Aug 16, 2012 Kristina rated it did not like it
Also ich fand das Buch nicht gut!

Es geht um eine Witwe, deren Mann von islamistischen Extremisten umgebracht wurde. Daraufhin trifft sie sich über das Wochenende mit einem Moslem, um ihrer eigenen aussage nach "mit dem Feind zu schlafen" ...
alles schön und gut...aber was bringt es ihr? Man erfährt das ganze Buch über nichts darüber, außer das sie eine Erklärung für den Tod ihres Mannes sucht.

169 Seiten die im Prinzip nur einen Tag beschreiben...es ist meiner Meinung nach viel zu viel Gerede um n
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Lex
Jun 23, 2011 Lex rated it it was ok
I will be the first to admit that I didn't get the point of this book. To show how damaged a person can become when s/he fixates on one particular, mad goal? If so it had a funny way to go about doing it. I did give this book a 2 instead of a 1 because some of the language used in the book actually is quite beautiful. I admit that I thought about stopping partway through multiple times, but it really is such a quick read that I felt I should keep plodding through. Certainly not the worst read an ...more
Karmen
Mar 19, 2009 Karmen rated it liked it
Interesting premise. The main character is a widow due to a terrorist act. To find some closure she searches and finds herself a Muslim lover. The writer's pace is very similar to Duras' writing; it is soft and harsh and yet very underground leaving a lot for the reader to fill in and extrapolate from the sparse writing.

It shows the strange paths one's mind can take after such a devastating event. After grief counseling and other means fail. Everyone handles things differently and this path is
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Melissa Lee-Tammeus
An odd little book but incredibly intriguing. It is about one weekend between two strangers in which the goal is to have an affair. Much is left unsaid, lives are exposed and disturbed, and only half of the story is told. A clever look at an unsatisfactory tryst which leaves you wondering just how fragile we all are and just what the heck the point is in all of it.
Matt
Apr 02, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it
This was an elegant, powerful read that felt peerless and bold even as it spoke quietly about the grief and rage that two people feel and find in one another. I finished it in about a day, swept away by it's power and it's grasp of life and love. It's by no means an easy read, but the melancholy I felt upon finishing was a rare and lovely feeling.
Lorrie
Jun 17, 2010 Lorrie rated it did not like it
Difficult to read. Neither main character seemed to have any redeeming qualities, and the tone was mean-spirited. That may have been the point, but I found myself, upon seeing the book on the night stand, not wanting to put myself through the journey.
Yaply
Jun 27, 2010 Yaply rated it really liked it
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Hennypenny
Jul 11, 2012 Hennypenny rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, very depressing book. It didn't do as well as it should because the author accurately predicted the behavior of the country as terrorism and anti-terrorism amp up the crazy.
Tonia
Jul 19, 2015 Tonia rated it it was amazing
Worth a read. Moving on from a tragic event is hard and this book shows how two different individuals dealt with grief. It is extreme but the extremity of it is what kept me reading.
Amy
Jul 24, 2008 Amy rated it did not like it
Too painful.
Mollie
Sep 13, 2008 Mollie rated it it was amazing
Absolutely remarkable. I highly recommend it.
Beth
Feb 17, 2008 Beth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Wretched.
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