Friday, August 3, 2012

The Bay of Foxes by Sheila Kohler





Reviewer: Bob Lind, Echo Magazine 
Publisher: Penguin Books, June 2012
Pages: 240

Dawit is a young, well-educated and attractive escaped political prisoner from Ethiopia, barely existing while living on the streets of Paris, when he has a chance encounter with "M", a 60-something famous author whose books Dawit has adored. She invites Dawit to live with her, first in her Paris apartment and later in her villa in Sardinia, with him acting as her secretary and muse. While she recognizes early that Dawit is only attracted to other men, she can't help her dreams that somehow this situation will change, and they will become lovers. When Dawit meets an Italian man whom he starts to see regularly, it becomes painfully clear to M that her fantasy will never happen, and she tells him to leave the villa. Since this will not only leave him penniless but could result in his being captured and returned to prison in his homeland, Dawit knows he cannot let this happen, and takes drastic measures. 

This talented author, best known for her "Becoming Jane Eyre," spins a riveting psychological thriller with both gay and straight erotic overtones. It makes the reader consider how far a disturbed but plainly intelligent individual can justify his actions for a seemingly fair resolution to an otherwise bad situation. It also makes powerful statements about division between economic and social classes of people, with very different priorities. Captivating read, which I give five stars out of five.


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