Ok, so, it’s been a couple of weeks and I’m still thinking about A Working Theory of Love.
There were a few things I had trouble accepting about the book - it’s a little hard to relate to the narrator despite his universal problems and anxieties. I guess as a confused 20 something, I’d hoped that a 30+ year old narrator wouldn’t be wrestling with the same things I do. Or would bring a new insight. We all deal with ennui, grief, and failed romances - I I just wanted something more insightful or unique.
That said, the plot is really carefully laid out, there are some very nice devices.The interesting take on parental loss is that the narrator basically has to resurrect his late father via the Turing test. Literally putting words into the mouth of someone loved and lost could be both therapeutic and counter-productive to coping, and I can’t decide which.
In any case, I was left a little cold for such a provocative subject. What about you? What’d you think about all that wackadoo cult stuff? And Sarah, the love interest? She just seemed like some person to me - just someone there to be loved by the narrator - not someone with agency and personality.
ANYWAY. Am I way off? What’d you think of the novel? And more importantly, what are we reading next?!