Published by Penguin Classics on August 31st 2004
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Man has places in his heart which do not exist, and into them enter suffering in order that they may have existence.
“This is a record of hate far more than of love,” writes Maurice Bendrix in the opening passages of The End of the Affair. Maurice Bendrix is an Author and a very jealous man. A man,who had an affair with Sarah, a married woman. He believed them to be in love and was shocked when she suddenly ended their affair one day in 1944. His love turns to hate and it reminded me of a quote from Markus Zusak’s book “I am the Messenger”. The quote being: “Believe it or not – it takes a lot of love to hate you like this”
Thus begins Maurice’s spiral into jealously and hate. This book touches on themes of happiness, love, infidelity, religion, and death. But the story isn’t just Maurice’s struggle with his feelings. We also see Sarah struggle with her own feelings on religion, morals, love, fidelity.
I devoured this book in one sitting. Books grab the reader in certain ways. Sometimes it takes the first chapter, sometimes 50 pages need to be read, but with this book, I was grabbed from page one. I liked the rawness of the emotions of the characters. They are flawed (my favorite type of character) and wrestle with their feelings. I loved the writing and the path the Author took us through various emotions. This book is not just about an affair, it’s about faith.