FLORENCE GORDON by BRIAN MORTON
Hello everybody, today I want to talk you about Florence Gordon by Brian Morton, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
For the first time I read a book where the events are not important, but it’s the people, their ideals and thoughts that stand out. At the age of 74 the feminist author Florence Gordon lives life as she pleased, always ready to fight for something she believes in, to say what she thinks without sentimentalists, sharpness and witticism. But she is also a bitch. She take advantage of her been bright and self-confident to hurt, deliberately, people who surround and love her, including her family. Misanthropic and solitary, selfish and self-centered, arrogant and insensitive.
I was stunned to realize that the novel has been written by a male, Brian Morton. A writer who, in my opinion, succeeded to make of an hateful person a delightful portrait. It’s like when you say that an actor is good if succeed to be hated by the public. Here is the same. Morton , speaking of Florence, puts her in a bad light and then inevitably puts us in a position where we are defended by her sharp logic of honesty. Clearly , if the book had spoken only about Florence, even if so eclectic, it would be boring, and for this reason there is also a parallel plot: the stories of Daniel, Florence’s son , and Janine and Emily, daughter in law and granddaughter respectively . I felt it was just fair that in a book that told the story of a person totally disinterested to the others, as Florence is , there is also a part dedicated to the the stories of others. I loved Daniel and Emily, I enjoyed a little ‘less Janine, who compared to her husband and daughter, I found incredibly silly. Another thing that struck me was the clear criticism of the world of social and blogs, and I find it somewhat ironic since it’s right on a blog that I am talk about this book. Funny, isn’t it?
The end left me kind of unprepared. I was mumbling for about ten minutes until I realized it was just as it should be, no frills or corny stuff , but I found myself expecting them the same, and I loved being disillusioned, it was almost like a slap in the face. Almost like being in front of Florence.
If you are looking for strong emotions I do not recommend this book. You will not find twists and romantic love stories. It is a book that took me a while to be read. A book that do not speaks of great events, but of great people. A story that strikes when, finished the book, you will put it back on the shelf and with a smile you’ll think to Florence. I will not forget about it anytime soon.