Now You See Him

Now You See Him

Book - 2008
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When his best friend from childhood murders his girlfriend and then commits suicide, Nick Framingham reevaluates his own life through his memories of their friendship and realizes unsettling truths about their suburban New York community.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2008
ISBN: 9780061284649
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOTTLIEB
Characteristics: 261 p.


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Mar 15, 2016

Too much of almost nothing, despite certain elements of uncertainty and "unexpected" turns on the last pages. One has the impression that somewhere already been read or seen something almost identical. And here comes an element of predictability. Sentences and sayings are too frilly, too long. The protagonist himself often asks his interlocutors: "What does this mean? Can you speak simpler, clearer?” Trying to understand what they had in mind. At the same time, we could ask the author the same thing - describe the actions and emotional state of the characters, using words and sentence structure more accessible to the readers.
The author presents some passion for descriptions of the body functions at the most inopportune time. For example: "she yawned with a wharf of stale bacterial breath." And almost on the next page - passionate kisses with that person, who still is having awful breath? Disgusting. It seems to me that this is a personal perception of author of the book, all of these "functions".
I would like to advise to read this book to married men. Perhaps some of them after reading, will rethink their attitudes and behavior with regard to family life, and draw some conclusions from the results of the behavior of the protagonist, and these men are not going to make a move, after which there is no return. And there is only a sense of regret.
The book's title can be interpreted in different ways. Even better if it was completely different. Because like this it's not clear - Who is exactly "Him"?
Raised perennial topic: fathers and sons. Followed by common in recent tendencies explanations of human actions - everything comes from the circumstances in life in the family, from the years of childhood and adolescence, when world view was formed, and that if something goes wrong in adulthood - blame the parents. Something like - "Sins of my father" - my parents are guilty of what I've done in the adult life. This is the author's point of view. But is it really?

Jul 28, 2012

Did not like this at all. In fact, I couldn't finish it, although I did skim read ahead to see what does happen. I really did not like a major piece of information I found, concerning Nick's friend's suicide. It make me really dislike these characters all the more. I couldn't warm up to any of the characters, and finally just quit reading.


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