The Female of the Species by Lionel Shriver



Still unattached and childless at fifty-nine, world-renowned anthropologist Gray Kaiser is seemingly invincible—and untouchable. Returning to make a documentary at the site of her first great triumph in Kenya, she is accompanied by her faithful middle-aged assistant, Errol McEchern, who has loved her for years in silence. When sexy young graduate assistant Raphael Sarasola arrives on the scene, Gray is captivated and falls hopelessly in love—before an amazed and injured Errol’s eyes. As he follows the progress of their affair with jealous fascination, Errol watches helplessly from the sidelines as a proud and fierce woman is reduced to miserable dependence through subtle, cruel, and calculating manipulation.


I’ve found this book very interesting. The pace is a bit slow but it doesn’t make the story any less interesting. I thing this author is realy good at transmitting intense emotions to the reader, this was not absent in this book. I believe the emotions Errol felt were mostly the ones i got in touch to, specialy the frustration he get so used to feel along the story. THe characters were realy well made, all of them have something that keeps me guessing about them, The decissions Gray made, what Errol would do or Raphael’s motives.
Raphael was the character that i liked the most, probably because he was the one that was more developed in terms of his background, and also because he was such and intriguing person.
Overall i think it was a very good book, realy well written and with great characters.

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