another Friday, another link-up with Heather from Blonde...Undercover Blond
Today I want to introduce you to a fabulous book I read a couple of years ago.
"Set this house in order - a romance of souls" by Matt Ruff.
I read this book in German. The title is "Ich und die anderen", which means " Me and the rest" which is another proof that Germans always change the original title into something weird.
This is the cover of the German book.
Andy Gage was born in 1965 and murdered not long after by his stepfather. . . . It was no ordinary murder. Though the torture and abuse that killed him were real, Andy Gage's death wasn't. Only his soul actually died, and when it died, it broke in pieces. Then the pieces became souls in their own right, coinheritors of Andy Gage's life. . . .
While Andy deals with the outside world, more than a hundred other souls share an imaginary house inside Andy's head, struggling to maintain an orderly coexistence: Aaron, the father figure; Adam, the mischievous teenager; Jake, the frightened little boy; Aunt Sam, the artist; Seferis, the defender; and Gideon, who wants to get rid of Andy and the others and run things on his own.
Andy's new coworker, Penny Driver, is also a multiple personality, a fact that Penny is only partially aware of. When several of Penny's other souls ask Andy for help, Andy reluctantly agrees, setting in motion a chain of events that threatens to destroy the stability of the house. Now Andy and Penny must work together to uncover a terrible secret that Andy has been keeping . . . from himself.
The book is absolutely remarkable and breath-taking. I think I read it in one day. At first it was hard not to get confused because of all the different characters, all the different souls...but then you get a feeling for all the souls that live in Andy's house...you start to build a connection to them, you start to understand what exactly happened to Andy, you identify with him, you feel sorry for him when he discovers that he is not as stable as he thought he would be, you laugh with him, you cry with him....it ends up being a story of self-discovery. Even for you.
I can't help myself...describing the plot doesn't do any justice to the book. Not at all. I really can't describe it, you have to find out yourself.
Have a wonderful Friday!
Oh, before I forget it: here is another song of the day.
"Can't get enough" by Suede.
Suede is an English "alternative rock" band and they were one of my favorite bands when I was a teenager. Every couple of months I start to listen to all their albums again. Yesterday was one of these days. "Can't get enough" is one of my most favorite songs but I never know what to think about the video. I am not sure if I like it or not.