Thursday, February 24, 2011

Endless Love

Endless Love
Author Scott Spencer

One of the most celebrated novels of its time, Endless Love remains perhaps the most powerful book ever written about young love. Riveting, compulsively readable, and ferociously sexual, Endless Love tells the story of David Axelrod and his overwhelming love for Jade Butterfield.

David and Jade are consumed with each other: their rapport, their desire, their sexuality, take them further than they understand. And when Jade's father banishes David from the home, he fantasizes the forgiveness his rescue of the family will bring, and he sets a "perfectly safe" fire to their house. What unfolds is a nightmare, a dark world in which David's love is a crime and a disease, a world of anonymous phone calls, crazy letters, and new fears—and the inevitable and punishing pursuit of the one thing that remains most real to him: his endless love for Jade and her family.

Theme:  I did it all for love

Favorite quotes from Endless Love:
"I was totally victimized by the irrational navigation of my unconscious."

"I was, I knew then, a member of a vast network of condemned men and women:  romance had taken a wrong turn within me and led me into mayhem."

My Two Cents:  This is a classic book which has been reviewed by hundreds, if not thousands of readers and admired by the most credible book reviewers and magazines.  So, instead of composing a traditional review, I'm choosing to blog about the impression that Endless Love made on me.  I agree with the authors of "Read This Next," and recommend that everyone add this book to their  "to-be-reads before I die list."  Spencer smashes recent love stories making them look like romantic light and as shallow as a puddle in Arizona.  The deeply passionate journey of David Axelrod epitomizes love at its most intense and insane.  The descriptions grip at your guts and tingle all the way down through your toes.  It's not an easy read, but the humanity and truthfulness of intimacy is so honest that it borders on perfection.  Spencer is a master at constructing a genuine love scene with a rawness and tenderness that makes the heart ache with both madness and astonishment.
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