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Afternoon of a Faun: A Novel by James Lasdun - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393357882
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 7th, 2020

For a fiction writer to take on the intensely fraught topic of decades-delayed sexual assault allegations is a delicate task. How does one depict the two-reality, he said/she said nature of such epic confrontations without undermining the rights of a victim or victims or heavy-handedly presuming the guilt of the accused? Lasdun threads the needle perfectly. His narrator sees and feels all of the uncertainty and truths from both sides and is a true wonder to experience; nearly invisible at times to the telling of the story yet always present and ultimately the conscience that feels the pain for his friend's actions. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


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