Wednesday, July 14, 2010

In Sickness and in Health

In The Unnamed, Tim Farnsworth is a wealthy, happily married, successful New York City attorney who occasionally is compelled, by an illness doctors cannot diagnose, to walk until the point of exhaustion, whereupon he falls asleep wherever he is.  At the end of these episodes, he calls his wife Jane and she always comes to get him, wherever he is.  Until the day she doesn't, when instead of saying, "Where are you?  I'll come to get you," she says merely, "Come home."  The book is about dichotomies, faith vs. nonbelief, committment vs. personal freedom, body vs. mind.  It's a peculiar but satisfying book.

My rating:  **** (out of 5)

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