A perpetual challenge: to read books by Nobel Prize-winning authors
I did manage to finish the novel. I admit it was disturbing. The funny thing is that I found it similar in some ways to the movie Black Swan. The protagonists in both are having trouble with exploring their sexuality. Erika's loneliness is painful and is now a self-defeating cycle. Her mother has effectively destroyed any ability she might have had to save herself. Her subconscious wish to be free from the suffocating cocoon of her life manifests itself in her masochistic behaviour. It prompts the question: How can society save these people from themselves?
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