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The Taste of a Man by Slavenka Drakulić
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it was ok

** spoiler alert ** The book is half erotica and half crazy obsessive horror story. I give this book a 2.5 as somethings seem to be lost in translation.

The tale starts off with an all encompassing love affair between two foreigners thrown together by their otherness. The book proves that seduction starts with the mind. Since they are from different countries with two vastly different cultures, the only thing that binds them is food and sex. They are bound by their sexual frankness of past exploits and fuels their sexual fire for each other. Although Tereza wants the affair to last forever in the present moment, Jose life intrudes into the perfection of the present when his wife summons him to SF. Jose exudes male sexuality that women find irresistible. Tereza believes she communicates with Jose on a physical level that does not necessitates verbal communication.

At this point, Tereza obsessive love turns dangerous in wanting to keep her lover in the present she has homicidal thoughts combined with endocannibalisim thoughts of ingesting the loved one. Tereza's obsession is so all-encompassing that she believes that she has more of a right to him than his wife, Inez. She equates their separation with death.

I would characterize Tereza as a sociopath for cold-blooded premeditated murder of Jose but the end of which because she was so in love with him that she wanted to possess him completely by endo cannibalism. What made her able to execute the murder in her mind was her Catholic faith of the transubstantiation of bread and wine into the body and blood of God. She actively visualizes the murder before it happens. She chooses poison and pillow suffocation as her weapon of choice. What started as a ritualistic hunger turns into animalistic hunger for human flesh. In the end, she takes the fact that she is getting sick as a sign that Jose has successfully incorporated into her.
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Reading Progress

August 17, 2012 – Started Reading
August 17, 2012 – Shelved
August 19, 2012 – Finished Reading

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