Feb 232012

Fault Lines by Nancy Huston
Source: Local library
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

Sol is a gifted but also terrifying six year old; his mother believes he is destined for greatness. He has a birthmark, like his dad, his grandmother and great-grandmother. But when they all make an unexpected trip to Germany, terrible secrets emerge about their family’s story during World War II. Perhaps birthmarks are not all that has been passed down through this family. With its domestic focus but epic scope, Fault Lines is a compelling, touching and often funny novel about four generations of children and their parents. From California to New York, from Haifa to Toronto and Munich, the secrets unwind back through time, the present haunted by the past, until the devastating truth is reached.

This was a book I was really torn about. It tells the story of four generations, with each part being narrated by the family member when they were six years old.

Sol was a disgusting perverted sociopath with a severe God complex. I would guess that he is destined to become a serial killer who maims, tortures and rapes his victims before murdering them in the most painful way possible. His story was first, and I almost stopped listening during it.

Once I got past Sol, it was Randall’s turn. Randall was a much more normal child. His story was full of great imaginery that came alive in a powerful way.

Sadie came third, and her story didn’t make much of an impresssion on me in either a good or bad way.

Kristina/Erra’s story was last, and it was hard to understand. The narrator used a thick German accent for her part, and it took quite a bit of time and effort to understand.

As an overall story, it was quite rambling with lots of childish statements and observations that didn’t seem to go anywhere. The language was often beyond the vocabulary of any six year old, and seemed quite unbelievable.

Challenges read for:

2012 Audio Book Challenge

The Canadian Book Challenge 5

  One Response to “Fault Lines”

  1. Sometimes, I feel like authors really need to get deeper underneath the skin of their main characters.

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