A Love Like Blood

A Love Like Blood

Book - 2014
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In 1944, just days after the liberation of Paris, Charles Jackson sees something horrific: a man, apparently drinking the blood of a murdered woman. Terrified, he does nothing, telling himself afterwards that worse things happen in wars. Seven years later he returns to the city - and sees the same man dining in the company of a fascinating young woman. When they leave the restaurant, Charles decides to follow.
Publisher: London : Mulholland Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781444751932
Branch Call Number: FIC SED
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 25 cm


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Mar 05, 2015

I wanted to like this book. I have to give the author credit for having a fluid writing style that's readable and stylish, and for having something of a whiz-bang opening, introducing narrator Charles Jackson and setting up what seems like a vampire novel. But not long after this spectacular opening, describing what Charles sees--or thinks he sees--for me, the story sort of bogs down and feels somewhat slow-pokey, with years and years passing in a single sentence. It's okay as an alternative to the standard vampire novel, but frankly? A weird, blood-drinking fellow and his followers? Not very scary. And why would the narrator feel so obsessed with tracking the antagonist over so many years?

forbesrachel Feb 10, 2015

A psychological experiment in the form of a story. Charles' words captivate us as he recounts his descent and obsessive hunt for the man who snatched everything away from him. Sedgwick foregoes the current trend of sexed-up vampires for the often overlooked mental disorder of vampirism. His portrayal of intelligent, educated characters as being depraved, creates a much more horrifying train of thought than any fictional creature could. While the antagonist is very human, his physical absence from most of the book builds him up to be more than that, and certainly to Charles he is. For as Charles delves deeper, learning the mind of his enemy, his own becomes twisted. Blood takes on ever deeper meanings, and importance, seeping further into the mind of the lead character; the "love" in the title refers to his dark desires rather than the pure feeling. Many tough questions arise about blood, the nature of man, and the self. By the end we have others that make us wonder about the narrator's actions; did Charles invite all this harm to himself? Is this his true nature? Or one formed out of a broken mind? The reader is left to come to their own conclusions.

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