Review: Fates and Furies

Fates and Furies
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listened to the audio version of this book via a Christmas gift subscription to Scribd. It’s the kind of book for which the reward of getting to the second half far outweighs any impatience one might feel about the plot at the beginning (I had no such impatience, but have read the reviews of others who as a result had not finished the book). Fates and Furies depicts the realities in one marriage – in effect teaching us that one never knows another perfectly, lifelong love notwithstanding. Lauren Groff’s portrayal of the husband, Lotto, is practically two-dimensional; though I suppose the incredible depth, darkness, and complexity of Matthilde’s character as shown in the second half of the book is meant to stand in stark contrast to Lotto’s almost infantile simplicity. I would like to now buy a Kindle or hard copy of the book, because it is the kind of book one wants to re-read to gain a better understanding of the beautifully drawn characters who fill its pages. Well done.
Oh, and the narration was very well done in the audiobook.

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