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What it means to be near a genius... and to love a goddess.,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Genius and the Goddess: A Novel (P.S.) (Taschenbuch)
This book was written in 1955. I very much like this edition's gold cover. Looks precious. And it is definitely worth the time! And what's more, there is an essay from the 1920s at the end titled "Fashions in Love" which I highly recommend to everyone who is interested in exploring human nature, instinct, passion, desire and the "two coexisting and conflicting conceptions of love".
I have to admit, it was tough to keep my interest going as the on-set of "The Genius and the Goddess" is kinda slow. It all starts with two people talking about the past in front of an open fire. Come on... And yet, as I took on reading and letting myself believe the story John Rivers is about to reveal to his friend I grew more and more intrigued by how the characters develop in what they think, say and do and how the relations between them turn increasingly intricate.
In the course of events, John Rivers, who is working as an assistant to Nobel Prize winner Mr. Henry Maartens and also living at the Maartens' house, happens to experience deeply ambiguous feelings as Katy, the beautiful wife of his mentor, approaches him to make love. Her mother has died recently. Henry is sick. So she is in need of someone to regain her inner strength. Consequentially, Mrs. Maartens and John Rivers engage in an affair which enables Katy to find God's virtue again and at the same time saves Henry who is "empty of God, swept clean of common manhood and garnished like a Christmas tree, with glittering notions" and who falls into deep despair on the brink of suicide when he is without a muse to nurture, inspire and worship him. To make matters worse, Mr. Maartens daughter Ruth is in love with Rivers, using make-up, writing love poems and, as soon as she suspects betrayal, contributing to his guilty conscience in bitter contempt.
You want to know how it ends, right? Read it. As I said, it is worth your time!