I’m reading Gone Girl.
I’m reading it very slowly, and alongside other books – because there’s that much of Gone Girl I can read in the same day. It’s a hard book to read, one of those books that poke at your convictions and challenge your view of the world.
I’m constantly left in awe at Gillian Flynn‘s ability of inhabiting two opposite voices with the greatest ease. I find myself cheering for Amy, then reproaching her, then cheering for Nick, then hating him … Flynn is able to pull the reader inside both these two different streams of thoughts, and it feels always natural. You never feel like the book should have been written only in Amy’s POV or Nick’s POV: the two POVs are both needed, well-paced and captivating.
As I said, a difficult book to read. It pushes you to stop thinking about how much exactly social rules and stereotypes are involved when we judge people all around us. Is Amy a bad woman? Is she justified? No, of course she is not justified, nothing justify things like the ones she does – but the reader simply cannot not sympathies a bit with her pain and her frustration, and blaming Nick for part of her derailing in her own particular darkness.
I’ve seen way to much press about the movie apparently being only concerned with the “crazy-bitch” side of Amy. And that’s not just wrong in all sort of ways because it trivializes women and their identities and daily struggles – that’s also unfair toward Gillian Flynn’s awesome narrative skills! To me, a big part of Gone Girl‘s charm is how twisted and blurred the lines between Right and Wrong are.