Great Philosophy

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."-Dr. Seuss

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Laura & Julio by Juan Jose Millas

Laura y JulioThis book was sent to me by Vera at Luxury Reading for review. I read the translated version, wouldn't be able to read it in Spanish. This was an e-book.

Laura and Julio are a married couple living in an apartment next door to Manuel. Manuel has the keys to Laura and Julio's apartment, but they don't have keys to his apartment. Laura & Julio seem to be a content enough couple, but you can almost feel the unease that is a part of the friendship between Julio & Manuel. You can feel the envy of Julio about Manuel's suaveness and his ability to be able to have the time and money to be writing a book. He is not a 9 - 5 working individual.

Julio creates sets for movies and TV shows and thinks exactly along those lines about life and relationships. He is sort of separated from reality a little. You can feel the vulnerability of the marriage and the insinuation of Manuel into their lives. Manuel gets hit by a car and is in a coma at the hospital. Julio and Laura are unsure who to contact. They find Julio's father, an ambassador, and spend months awaiting his recovery.

Laura announces that she thinks that she is pregnant. After returning from the doctor visit, she announces that she is in fact not pregnant. Shortly thereafter, she asks Julio to leave. This makes Julio contemplate his feelings and what to pursue from here.

Julio forms a bond with his brother's ex-wife and their little girl. The little girl quickly takes to Julio and has a tendency to treat him like he is her father. There seems to be a substitution about the child that he might have been having with Laura.

Sad writing on life and people and relationships and the ease with which some people can be swayed to change their minds and emotions about what & who is important. Good drama with a lot of reality to make you think about the strength of love and yearning and understanding.

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