|A tale of a successful marriage from both man and wife that is so polar opposite told in such an intellectual, perfectly worded, metaphorical wonderland! A little chilling at times with words that painted vivid imagery of the literary world Laren Groff created.|
The Author really captured the essence of both the husband and wife. From their young, college, love at first sight esque shot gun marriage to adulthood. Through friendships, job failures, family matters and the skeletons they kept hidden. Lauren Groff nailed it. The love and obsession both physical and mental is visceral. Their awe of each other and also their secrets from each other. The choices they make to help one another and the lies they keep to save one another. I think at first it comes off as a love story, two people together against the world fated from the start, but then changes into one of life, dependence, and the truth under the surface. “Fate” told from the perspective of a love struck Lotto and “Furry” from a hardship struggled Mathilde. Life as we saw it in Part 1 may not be what you realize it was in Part 2. The beginning a bit slow but hold out for part 2 as the pages turn and the chasm opens into Mathilde’s mind. Lotto’s perspective of his wife translated into how she actually thinks, acts and feels changes and grabs you in a fist. I loved this book, it brought light to marriage and a side to it that often goes unspoken. It also shed some light on the drastic changes marriage takes from the first couple years into the 10+ years. Unstoppable love flows into comfortable companionship less physical but always mental while the beginning sparks dim into a simple flame. Through it all I think their love grew strong, what at first may have been purely physical morphed into a love that entwined these two deeply albeit with secrets left untold. They were a partnership, they were together, two puzzle pieces carved to make fit.