Complicity. Have you ever reflected on an episode from your past and felt differently about it in light of current mores? James Lasdun’s short novel titled, Afternoon of a Faun, offers readers a perspective about sexual relationships and the stories we repeat to ourselves over time. A journalist has been accused by an old friend that he sexually assaulted her years ago. Lasdun uses an unnamed narrator to relate the action in the present and in the 1970s when the alleged abuse occurred. We participate as readers in determining who the victims are and of what. Lasdun understands the nature of complicity and uses that insight to increase the power of this novel.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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