I am running a bit late with this post. It is the first post for the Artful Readers' Challenge on the Art and Sole blog. I finished the book just over a week ago and started on the artwork then life was somewhat interrupted by local conditions. I live in a town called Hervey Bay in Australia and we have been involved in all the rains and the floods that have been happening here lately. Our house was damaged and friends' homes had some major problems as a result of the storms this past weekend and I have been diverted by sorting all that I need to do as a result.
The book I chose to read this month was 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn. This book was an interesting read that really keeps you guessing who is doing what and who is telling the truth.
The story evolves around the marriage of Nick and Amy. The chapters alternate between the telling of events from Nick's and Amy's perspectives. The couple are living in Missouri after having started their life together in New York. The move to Missouri was so that Nick could support his twin sister in the care of their ill parents. On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary Amy disappears and the truth about their relationship begins to unfold.
This book takes a close and often uncomfortable look at relationships and how they are seen by both the participants and the outside world. It is not just the marital relationship it looks at but rather all sorts of relationships. There are the ones between parents and children, siblings and workmates. There are relationships between the media and the community and interviewers and interviewees. There is a strong theme of manipulation running throughout the whole book and the question of 'Who is pulling whose strings?' constantly came to mind as I read.
The characters in this book were without a doubt, incredibly frustrating. I don't think I could honestly say I had any real sustained empathy for any of them.
It is a thought provoking read and for that reason I am happy to have read it. I would probably rate this book 3.5 out of 5.
Here is the art I created to go with it. It is in my journal and was done with prismacolor pencils, inktense pencils and acrylic paints. I found drawing a male quite challenging!