A Mild Suicide

A Mild Suicide Edinburgh The end of an era The end of the postwar boom The end of the sexual revolution But for Saul and Catherine postgraduate students meeting at a departmental party at the university it se

  • Title: A Mild Suicide
  • Author: Christina Koning
  • ISBN: 9780413453716
  • Page: 374
  • Format: None
  • Edinburgh 1977 The end of an era The end of the postwar boom The end of the sexual revolution But for Saul and Catherine, postgraduate students meeting at a departmental party at the university, it seems like a beginning of sorts Their attraction to one another is instantaneous, and the affair that follows at first seems all absorbing a heady mix of sexual desire anEdinburgh 1977 The end of an era The end of the postwar boom The end of the sexual revolution But for Saul and Catherine, postgraduate students meeting at a departmental party at the university, it seems like a beginning of sorts Their attraction to one another is instantaneous, and the affair that follows at first seems all absorbing a heady mix of sexual desire and literary passions But then the arrival of Saul s wife, Virginia, from New York, introduces darker notes of guilt and doubt, as the lovers find themselves increasingly enmeshed in their clandestine liaison As the months pass, and tensions are stretched to breaking point, it becomes clear that hard choices will have to be made Other, real life, concerns must take precedence over those of romantic love but at what a cost

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    1. Characteristic of the best fiction A Mild Suicide does not give people what they want. Indeed, what people want, is at the centre of this work, as are the weak characters, who have the "wants", that populate the narrative. Something you would think you would not want, but the characters are "weak" because they are weak characters. "Weakness" is the literary strength of this work as the author is powerfully aware. She examines the uncontrolled desires clinically and expresses them beautifully. In [...]

    2. I enjoyed the book, with its subject of adultery and Edinburgh setting too (I'm a big fan of reading books set in places I know well). It was just a shame it was written by an author I presume to be American, with American & English main characters. Really, there was no authentic Scottish feel to it at all, the city was merely a nice stage, & that disappointed me. The only two Scottish characters were very minor & very negative, which I felt was rich seeing as all the characters were [...]

    3. Reviews of A Mild Suicide‘Christina Koning writes about the eternal triangle as if it were an entirely fresh subject, a new seam of fiction. A Mild Suicide displays an acute sense of place, carefully controlled shifts of viewpoint and a distinctive, crisp sensuality of style.’
Adam Mars-Jones‘A Mild Suicide tests boundaries and invites uncomfortable questions… Christina Koning’s ability to create a dream-like atmosphere is almost uncannily intense.’ Scotsman‘Koning… writes beau [...]

    4. Having met at a party, Saul and Catherine are soon enfolded in a web of sexual exploration. Against a backdrop of mid-1970s Edinburgh, Saul and Catherine play out the drama of their affair, a duet which becomes a trio with the arrival of Saul's wife Virginia.

    5. I found the characters to be reprehensible and generally unpleasant which coloured my reading of this. Though perhaps literary by virtue of its references, I think I'm too snooty for this book.

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