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4 stars = The Big O
3 stars = A single moan
2 stars = Edging but no release
1 star = Should have left my panties on
RATING: A single moan
In 2017, I wrote down a list of books I planned to read in 2018.
One of the books on that list was:
by Hanif Kureishi
I finished reading it tonight in the bath.
Imagine if you were elderly and offered the opportunity to have your brain transplanted into a younger body for a brand new chance of life...
Would you take it?
Adam -- an elderly playwright who has achieved much success with his writing and who loves his wife, Margot and their son -- is met with this opportunity at a party.
After telling his family that he is going on a six-month sabbatical to travel. He decides to accept the offer and undergoes the procedure of having his brain transplanted into 'a newbody'.
Adam has his pick from an archive of newbodies. (younger people who have died or been murdered).
He doesn't have to pick a male newbody. He can pick a female newbody.
(Depending on whether he wants to experience giving birth).
The newbody Adam ends up choosing is called Leo.
He is "classically handsome with a thick penis and heavy balls". Meow.
Adam spends his first several months as Leo -- partying, taking drugs and fucking women (and men). He travels, dances and works as a catwalk model.
Tiring of that lifestyle. Adam ventures to an island where he gets a physical laboring job at a spirituality centre.
As a playwright, he never had the opportunity to experience using his physical body...and gets the job to explore those feelings.
Look, there are some poignant scenes in this book that I will NEVER forget.
He runs into his elderly wife as this young handsome newbody....and the scene had me in tears.
He asks her all the questions he SHOULD HAVE asked her as a husband.
He LISTENS to her.
But most bizarrely he kisses her (she's unaware that it's her husband Adam and thinks he's a young man called Leo).
Talk about a conundrum! Wow.
I won't spoil the ending.
But in all honesty, I feel I was shortchanged.
In this youth-obsessed world that we live in -- books like this need to be written.
Kureishi could have gone into intricate details. He could have explored so much more with this subject.
It was an AMAZING concept and in this horrifyingly scary world of Kardashians and Trump...
It wouldn't surprise me, if they try to do this later down the track...
...long after I'm pushing up daisies.
This is my third or fourth read of Kureishi's and I love how he makes me think....
But yeah...disappointing ending!
Actually, scrub that.
It's not the ending that is disappointing. I just think MORE should have come before the ending.
It felt like a sketch rather than a fully formed story.
My name is Vanessa de Largie. When I'm not fucking, you'll find me reading.