For anyone interested in books about marriage, you don’t want to miss this one. Although, there are a few things you should be aware of before going into this book, I do think it offers a fresh look at the perceptions and complexities of a marriage. To read an excellent review about this, see Carolyn’s review at Rosemary and Reading Glasses.
Fates and Furies is divided into two sections, the first being from the point of view of Lotto, the second from Mathilde.
Lotto’s part takes up about 60% of the book, and in my opinion, doesn’t need to be that long. Most of it makes for good reading, but I grew impatient with reading about certain parts of his life, especially since I didn’t find him very likeable. However, in order for Mathilde’s part to make an impact on us, Lotto’s part is necessary (just maybe not quite so much of it). Be forewarned, too, that most of Lotto’s friends are despicable. You will either love to hate them, or wish that Lotto would stop having parties so that you wouldn’t have to put up with them any more.
Despite the fact that Lotto was the one everyone loved, I preferred Mathilde. Her part is much more interesting and eye-opening, causing us to ask questions about the nature and purpose of marriage. Because of all the hype for this book before I read it, I was expecting something really big. However, I think that if it had been too shocking, I might not have found it as believable. Or maybe I’m just not easily shocked. Either way, this book is a fascinating study of a marriage that got me thinking about marriage in a whole new way.
What are marriages built on? How do we sustain them? Is it important to reveal all and be completely open, or is it better to keep some things under wraps? Can a marriage be made even better by keeping some things quiet? How important is it for the two people to really know each other? As with most books about marriage, this is a good reminder for me of how endlessly fascinating the idea of marriage can be, since no two are ever alike.
Between his skin and hers, there was the smallest of spaces, barely enough for air, for this slick of sweat now chilling. Even still, a third person, their marriage, had slid in.
How do you define a successful marriage? Do you believe it can include secrets, or that having secrets within a marriage has the potential to make it stronger?
This is my first experience reading Lauren Groff. Has anyone read her other books?