Friday, November 28, 2014

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

Harry Quebert is a writer of some renown. He wrote one massively popular best seller and another book that was equally well received and he now teaches writing for a small but prestigious university. His protege is Marcus Goldman, an insecure but talented college student. Marcus believes in Harry and Harry believes in Marcus. Harry is always explaining writing by using larger life lessons (i.e. knowing the importance of how to fall.) Marcus takes these to heart. Fast forward and Marcus has written his own best seller, but he now has writers block and has only months to finish his next book or he will be in violation of his contract. He goes to visit Harry and the Nolla Kellergan case is once again in the spotlight. His publisher wants Marcus to write about the case. This is story line number one.

Story line number two is the disappearance of Nolla Kellergan from a small New Hampshire town in 1975. This coincidentally is when Harry was living in the town and working on his book. It being a small town, Harry and Nola knew each other. Nolla was 15 year old girl, the daughter of a minister, and desperately in love with Harry. Now, 30 years later, her body is discovered and  Harry becomes a suspect in her murder.

Story line number three is the life of Nolla herself. She could actually be a whole book.

This giant (640 pages) book is new to the United States. An international best seller, I was actually reading it while a  British friend of mine was reading it in England. That should be enough to get you to read this. This book took some getting used to. Multiple story lines all intertwined and each one could be an entire book all on it's own. That said I really liked this book. The jumping between story lines wasn't distracting, it actually added to my interest. The characters are all interesting, in a some what weird sort of way and that also adds to the appeal. The translation is good and the dialogue easy to read - just be prepared for its length!

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