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March 05, 2006

Thirteenth Meeting - Heartbreaker

Gosh - did we have problems with this month's book, The Heartbreaker by Susan Howatch.


Howatch's earlier Starbridge novels were interesting – managing to make a person's internal journey into exciting novels, but over the years she's grown far more psychologically perceptive. This is the story of a male prostitute (“high class leisure worker” as he calls himself) as he comes to realise quite a mess his seemingly wonderful lifestyle is, and was we (the readers) come to understand who he came to be in that place, and as he eventually (and dramatically) finds a way out.

The problem for me was that the exciting and racy narrative was spoiled by very two-dimensional characterisations in pursuit of the greater goal of religious propagandism. At least that was my point of view! Several new members joined us and we had a great discussion about an expectedly controversial book.

Posted by nathan at March 5, 2006 12:30 PM


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