Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Book Review - Julia Paradise by Rod Jones

As I have stated so many times before, I love going through used bookstores, for you'll never know what you'll find. So it was while during a jaunt through Burke's Books in Memphis, Tennessee on a rainy Saturday, that I located several used yet lovely books that I knew had to go home with me. One of them was the book Julia Paradise by Australian author Rod Jones. This was the first time I'd ever heard of the book and the author, yet for $2, I was more than willing to give it a shot.

It is Shanghai in 1927 where a Scottish analyst named Kenneth Ayres discovers his latest "patient" - Julia Paradise, the wife of a minister. After studying under Freud, Ayres takes her on as his latest challenge, only to realize that there is much more behind the sometimes skittish, sometimes demure woman. Flights of fancy, constant visions and a past that continues to haunt Julia are only the beginning, leaving one to wonder where does reality begin and fantasy end?

Although I did finish this book and quite enjoyed it, I did find it lacking as well and felt that Julia's psychotic world needed to be delved into more. However, the story still carries its own weight and the final resolution, while not the one I had hoped for, was still satisfying. Then again, I do enjoy reading books about people who suffer from various mental problems and had even considered going into the field of psychology as a therapist. The human mind is a fascinating thing to study, in my opinion.

Thank you, Burke's Books, for your continued display of literary treasures!


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