Love And Madnessby David Rehak
Karl is a rich young man with ambition and a desire for romantic and erotic adventure. He falls for Bertha, but is it true and lasting love or just a passing infatuation? Can the weight of Bertha's love tip the scales in her favor, or will she plot revenge? Love and madness reign in this unusual tale of sexual lust, greed, mental illness, and personal destruction
Karl is a rich young man with ambition and a desire for romantic and erotic adventure. He falls for Bertha, but is it true and lasting love or just a passing infatuation? Can the weight of Bertha's love tip the scales in her favor, or will she plot revenge? Love and madness reign in this unusual tale of sexual lust, greed, mental illness, and personal destruction set in turn-of-the-century Sweden and loosely based on a true story.
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I've read all of this young author's works, and I enjoy his usual mixture of 'sunshine and shadows.' However, this book has more shadows, less sunshine than his previous books, but it was still a satisfying read. Rehak is very clever and creative in portraying his characters their dark sides and lighter sides bring them to life right before the readers' eyes. His hero, Karl Lind, is a very sympathetic character, a man I rooted for right from the start. I wanted his dreams to come true so badly that I almost shouted 'NO' out loud when he fell under Bertha's spell. She was never good enough for him. He finally wakes up, and love soon turns to hate and madness. But due to Karl's love for their son, he's trapped in a loveless marriage. Bertha is not a nice person, to say the least, and what she and her friend plan for Karl is unforgivable. I enjoyed the lively discussions held by Karl, his parents and Uncle around the dining room table. He was definitely not a 'Yes Man,' having original, interesting thoughts of his own to share. Though a bit moody to begin with, Karl was quite a remarkable young man ... until he met Bertha. First came LOVE, then came MADNESS, but who was the real nut-case, Bertha or Karl? To find the answer, you must read this book it's a great lesson in human nature, and a warning of how gossip can ruin a person's life. This author tapped his magic keyboard to write another winner!
Much like The Stranger by Camus, this book depicts a time, place, and philosphy that modern man would do well to consider. It's early in the 20th century as Love and Madness begins. The location is Goteborg Sweden. Karl Lind is an intelligent, idealistic young man with a strong work ethic. Despite his life of wealth and privilege, he has no desire to be counted among the idle rich. Karl loves his job working for his father's newspaper, and accepts with humor his family's urging to live a rich man's life. Lively discussions of philosophical beliefs and religious mores are common around the dinner table and Karl participates with relish. The chance meeting of a hedonistic girl with atheistic leanings casts a pall on Karl's life. The first rush of sexual excitement is soon replaced by boredom and dislike for Bertha and her ways. By then she's pregnant and he's forced by moral beliefs into a marriage he cannot stomach. It's downhlll all the way from there. When Bertha establishes a lesbian attachment to her friend Christine, not even Karl's devotion to his son is enough to salvage his idealism. Bertha and Christine plot to ruin Karl through vicious lies and sly rumors. They won't be satisfied until he's lost everything, including his family, money and sanity. In Love and Madness, David Rehak shows a good man's rapid fall from grace. It's a dark period piece, a commentary on the past that remains a dire warning for this present day. 'Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.'
After reading Sherry A. Mauro's EVEN ANGELS FALL, a friend suggested that I read 'A young Girls Crimes' and I read it in two days and enjoyed it so much that I bought this book, too. Rehak is a terriffic storyteller with compelling characters and a wonderful storyline.