16/40: Lamb (by Bonnie Nadzam)



by Bonnie Nadzam

Published September 13, 2011 by Other Press

WHO: David Lamb, a deceitful, delusional, aging and divorced man who is currently in a relationship with a much younger co-worker…

WHAT: seduces an eleven-year old child off of a parking lot…

WHERE: in Chicago and takes her to a ramshackle cabin in Colorado…

WHEN: and over the course of twenty days… 

WHY: tries to instil the idea of ultimate truth and beauty and love…

HOW: by showing her a world far different from where she came from and providing her with memories that will carry her through her life.

+ As I was completing the WHO and HOW entries above, I realized that Bonnie Nadzam has created an interesting construct of paradoxes that creates an underlying tension of unease beyond the obvious one derived from WHAT David Lamb is doing.

Though not graphically explicit, one senses the sexual undertones and it’s quite stomach churning, especially if you are a parent. Let’s make no mistake about this, David Lamb is a pedophile and there is no way to feel about him other than revulsion. It is no special writing skill on the author’s part to invoke this sentiment as there is no other way to feel about a pedophile. The usage of pedophiles (as well as child killers, child abusers, etc) are cheap and lazy shots by writers because it limits the reader’s response. Nothing that Nadzam has done here tempers that and you really have to wonder why she even tried.

OTHER: I purchased a print copy of Lamb (by Bonnie Nadzam) from Slategray via Alibris.com. I receive no monies, goods or services in exchange for reviewing the product and/or mentioning any of the persons or companies that are or may be implied in this post.

I have challenged myself to read forty books this summer. Many books will be backlist titles as I’m trying to clear the stacks; but I have no doubt that new releases will make their way in too! 😉


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