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Rapture by Susan Minot
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Oct 04, 11

Susan Minot’s Rapture is unique in that the entire story takes place in one afternoon. It is a story of experience, and although a tad risqué, truly pulls on the roots of human romantic emotion. Minot mixes love and pleasure and deeply analyzed the reasons we ascribe to this nature. I am somewhat relieved that the dialogue in Rapture was scarce, as the little bit of dialogue present was very short and almost useless. Because there is not much dialogue throughout the story, the experience of the two main characters performing a sexual act is portrayed in flashbacks. The flashbacks helped form a connection between the reader and characters, as it makes it easier to relate or interpret their experience as ones you have had yourself. Due to these flashbacks, the story is told in a nonlinear fashion and the only present action is the intimate reconnection between the two main characters. Aside from the present sexual encounter, the relationship history between Ben and Kay is also presented. The difference between emotional love and simply sex is very visible. Many people can relate to trying to use sexual relations as a replacement for an unfulfilled love, which makes this story somewhat intriguing.

The book was slightly boring, but the reality of the situation and the way Minot expressed it helped to balance it out. Although the author’s detailed descriptions of acts of love may come off crude and inappropriate to some readers, it is necessary to find a deeper plot within all of this action. In a way, the story is somewhat of a realistic slap in the face for those who can relate to being a sexual rebound or mistaking sex for love.

This book is somewhat captivating, but I would not recommend reading this is in a short time or one setting because it lacks the exciting events and plots I had hoped for. Rapture is more about the characters and theme of love than it is plot. Although she tells the story very casual and blunt, I can see that see was secretly developing these characters with a deep meaning and wanted to show how discreet she could portray these individuals in a somewhat raunchy novel about losing control of emotion and trying to fulfill your desires with a feeling that is no longer present. The defining aspect of this story that readers could find either interesting or very dreary is how typical of a situation the one described is.

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