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Date: 2009-02-15 23:51
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The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception (2000)
by Emmanuel Carrère, translated by Linda Coverdale
191 pages - Picador USA

    'I thought that writing this story could only be either a crime or a prayer.' (pg.191)
Jean-Claude Romand was, to everyone that knew him, an average if somewhat boring upper-middle-class success. Everyone knew he had a job with the World Health Organization, a wife and two small children, and elderly parents. But when his house caught fire and he was the only one rescued alive, the real facts came out - he wasn't a doctor, he'd never finished medical school; the investments he took from family and friends didn't go into a high-yield account but only served as his personal income, and then when the truth was about to be revealed, he killed his own parents and his wife and children.

Carrere approaches this story in a very personal way, inserting himself and his thoughts and emotions into the story, plainly explaining to the reader the places where he has difficulties and doubts. It's a story that's both fascinating and horrific, and it's told without showy ornamentation, in a clean, plain style.

Ultimately, it's the study of someone so obsessed with maintaining the outer image of themselves, so obsessed with trying to make a favourable impression and being liked, and so afraid of taking a genuine look inside and genuinely mourning that his entire self has been lost, perhaps for good.
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User: feste_fool
Date: 2009-02-23 06:35 (UTC)
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I read about this book when it was first published. It still sounds intriguing.
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