📚Benedict Wells - The End of Loneliness

Last night I finished the book. The last fifty pages have really taken me with them and I had to struggle not to shed a tear. Thematically, the book deals with loss in various forms - the loss of parents, the loss of first love, the loss of brothers and sisters or the loss of a partner. The reader accompanies Jules in his life from his childhood to his fatherhood. Jules loses his parents at an early age and thus his self-confidence and confidence. He spends the next few years with his siblings in a boarding school - spatially and mentally separated from each other. His anchor in this time is Alva - a girl who also has to struggle with the loss of her sister. In circular movements, the different experiences of the individual characters are taken up again and again in different phases of their lives - the characters repulse each other and come together again. In some parts I found the book a bit kitschy - but skilfully kitschy. I can understand, however, if this discourages many readers. With his book, Wells illuminates life, life with its abysses and its high phases - and again and again the question of how to deal with them correctly. Although the book with its existentialist motifs can often be oppressive, Wells manages to take the reader by the hand at the end and release him into the real world full of confidence. The book has been able to distract me from everyday life the last few days. I can imagine, however, that I won’t necessarily find the book any better in the coming years and that instead I will be repelled by melodrama and kitsch.

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