2 December 2009

In This Way I Was Saved by DeLeeuw (2009)

Filed under: Fiction, First Lines — ktismatics @ 2:18 pm

“I enter the lobby of Claire Nightingale’s apartment building, here to tell her I have murdered her only son.”

There was a certain part of this book, less than halfway through, just a few pages long: a short story within a novel within the novel, which, while I was reading it, made me feel that I could forgive anything else the writer did from that point on. The book did become more ordinary after that, and also at times extraordinary in ordinary ways. But there was redemption in that one passage.



  1. Lisa DeLeeuw, the chesty redheaded porn star of the 80s?


    Comment by Carl — 3 December 2009 @ 8:35 pm

  2. Nope — Brian. Good memory though, Carl; she must have made quite an impression. No explicit pornesque scenes in this novel, just some allusions to hard sex. The perpetrator-narrator has mixed about the experience, as he does about pretty much everything else. We recall that “Jack” was the narrator of Fight Club; this novel is seen through the eyes of the Tyler Durden persona.


    Comment by john doyle — 3 December 2009 @ 9:30 pm

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