Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Book : Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Plot : Nick finds out on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary that his wife has gone missing and what follows is revelations of pasts and truths that hurt the images both the husband and wife had managed to develop throughout their marriage.
It does a 180 on you the minute you are not looking
What happens when an over enthusiastic friend of yours sit down to narrate a story and that is what you get with Gone Girl and Gillian Flynn writing style. I have come across this for the first time and frankly it was one of those things that are weirdly good. The whole book is first person narration and trailing back to memories and just like i said before it is like hearing to a hyperactive friend narrating story with sound effects and facial expressions to amuse you and keep your attention straight. Seriously i never knew you could actually write sound effects but Gillian definitely managed to do so.
The book starts kind of on a midway tone wherein you know something is happening but have no clue what is it. Somehow the first half of the book is a bit drag or monotonous which picks up in the second half with a twist and then things turn at every point from there.
To me the book was a tale of two twisted brains caught up in something that made the read an intriguing at the same time a weird one. When you least expect there are twists that leave you spell bound and appreciate the intricacies of the whole plot. No doubt it is a thriller worth buying and shelving in your house. What I liked about the book is the fact that a whole bunch of ugly truth about we as humans and relationships have been vividly painted by the author that finally makes you wake up and look at yourself and that is what a book is supposed to do, to leave an impact. This one surely did it for me. The narration style of the book was somewhat a little different and weird to me
There is a section where there is a very good insight into how women have their husbands wrapped around their fingers in the name of love and the character do come up with a name for it as well “dancing monkeys” which was actually hilarious and that particular chapter was one of the best and sweetest in the book
Just as the case with some of the books i have read, here too the author keeps diverting too much from the main scenario and point and wandering faraway islands with her personal thoughts and character backgrounds. There are certain things in the story that the author points out that is painfully true and stabs at the right pressure points like the instance where through the character how she says that women has painfully gone down to change her character as per the man she meets to make him like her
There are so many things that the author says in the book that makes me want to give her a standing ovation, applaud while saying Bellissimo…Bravo for bringing up the ugly truth.
I would say that more than the plot of the book, it is certain things that was discussed and brought up in the book, that made me love it more.
Grab with this book if you love a good thriller with weird twisted characters and a plot that tightens with progress.
“the Cool Girls are even more pathetic: They’re not even pretending to be the woman they want to be, they’re pretending to be the woman a man wants them to be. Oh, and if you’re not a Cool Girl, I beg you not to believe that your man doesn’t want the Cool Girl. It may be a slightly different version – maybe he’s a vegetarian, so Cool Girl loves seitan and is great with dogs; or maybe he’s a hipster artist, so Cool Girl is a tattooed, bespectacled nerd who loves comics. There are variations to the window dressing, but believe me, he wants Cool Girl, who is basically the girl who likes every fucking thing he likes and doesn’t ever complain.”
“Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.”
“I waited patiently – years – for the pendulum to swing the other way, for men to start reading Jane Austen, learn how to knit, pretend to love cosmos, organize scrapbook parties, and make out with each other while we leer. And then we’d say, Yeah, he’s a Cool Guy.”
“It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters.”
“Tampon commercial, detergent commercial, maxi pad commercial, windex commercial – you’d think all women do is clean and bleed.”
“There’s a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her.”
“The ones who are not soul-mated – the ones who have settled – are even more dismissive of my singleness: It’s not that hard to find someone to marry, they say. No relationship is perfect, they say – they, who make do with dutiful sex and gassy bedtime rituals, who settle for TV as conversation, who believe that husbandly capitulation – yes, honey, okay, honey – is the same as concord. He’s doing what you tell him to do because he doesn’t care enough to argue, I think. Your petty demands simply make him feel superior, or resentful, and someday he will fuck his pretty, young coworker who asks nothing of him, and you will actually be shocked. ”
” he may say you’re the coolest girl ever, but he’s saying it because he got his way. He’s calling you a Cool Girl to fool you! That’s what men do: They try to make it sound like you are the cool girl so you will bow to their wishes”
“She’s easy to like. I’ve never understood why that’s considered a compliment – that just anyone could like you.”
” Stay away from boys. They’ll either throw rocks or look up your skirt.’”
TRAILER FOR THE MOVIE BASED ON THE BOOK