Saturday, February 26, 2011

the lovers by vendela vida

A few pages into The Lovers I was reminded of two old favorites that I haven't thought of for a while: The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles and Under The Volcano by Malcolm Lowry. Both books take place in exotic locales and both have an impending sense of doom, not unlike The Lovers. After her husband's sudden death in a car crash, history teacher Yvonne heads for Datca in Turkey, where she honeymooned twenty five years ago. She befriends a young boy, a young woman, and reflects on her marriage and children. Click here for the full NY Times review and here for the review.