Wednesday, April 30, 2014
This, The Other Typist
Have you read this book? This, The Other Typist? This bewildering, infuriating, utterly fascinating novel?
It's been several weeks since I first heard of Suzanne Rindell's first (and thus far, only) book. I considered buying it but decided against it; don't I have more important things to read right now? But over my birthday weekend, I relented. I bought this... this... I don't know. This, The Other Typist.
At first, you're sort of reading it and thinking about what you'll have for dinner. And that you really should paint your nails because, gaw, they look terrible. The next thing you know, you're flipping pages like you're searching for a number in a phone book. You're scowling at anyone/thing who dare interrupts. You care about the characters, but then again not really. You sympathize with them, but then not at all. You totally know what's coming, and then... what?!! Is my copy missing pages?! It's over LIKE THAT?!
I have never been so astonished-frustrated-delighted-taken with a book's conclusion in my life.
You should know, if you haven't ventured it yet, that The Other Typist is one of those unreliable narrator reads. Like The Lace Reader, which I adored. And apparently like Gone Girl, but I haven't gone there. To me, this book is Half Broken Things meets The Lace Reader. In other words, dark and perplexing and utterly stand-alone in a room full of books. If you like that sort of read.
And word is, Keira Knightley is producing and starring in the upcoming movie. It's been "in development" since January.
So... again: help. Have you read it? And what did you think? I have a theory, but I'll save it for the comments.