Fault Lines

Fault Lines

by Nancy Huston

A best seller in France, with over 400,000 copies sold, and currently being translated into eighteen languages, Fault Lines is the new novel from internationally-acclaimed and best-selling author Nancy Huston.

Huston's novel is a profound and poetic story that traces four generations of a single family from present-day California to WW II era Germany.

Fault Lines begins with Sol, a gifted, terrifying child whose mother believes he is destined for greatness partly because he has a birthmark like his dad, his grandmother, and his great-grandmother.

When Sol's family makes an unexpected trip to Germany, secrets begin to emerge about their history during World War II.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.71
  • Pages: 326
  • Publish Date: August 30th 2007 by McArthur & Company
  • Isbn10: 1552786641
  • Isbn13: 9781552786642

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Sol seemed more like a 40-year-old pervert than a six-year-old boy. It was disheartening to read about a six-year-old boy who was already so messed up.

It just really prevented me from completely buying in to the thoughts and feelings as being honest and true.

This is a book that confronts taboo subjects head on...all the meanwhile breaking into the readers comfort zone. The book not only takes you out of your comfort zone, it challenges what you believe in, societal schemes, childhood and the basic idea of the innocence of a child. Randall (1982) (Sol's father) is a six year old that has learned to live with an absentee mother and a loving father. Sadie (1962) (Randall's mother) is a six ear old girl that believes she is evil and dirty. Kristina (1944-5) (Sadie's mother) is from Germany and must deal with the realities of the war (WWII), her families and the secrets that are kept from her. This book was rather painful to read. But, it is interesting to see how the lives of these 6 year old kids change according to the times, along with their awareness of the world.

It was really interesting, reading the story backwards, to find out where the family started and what happened to shape the way they were.

It is written from the point of view of four six year olds-all one generation apart in the same family-in reverse chronological order.

What's really interesting is that a lot of the pornography, hate, violence, fear and bigotry he finds on the internet his grandmother, to a degree, dealt with in real life and real time.

There is a crack in the human condition. There is a crack in people souls. I think that this is all the genius of Nancy Huston who always manage in her books to create a sphere of intimacy while opening a door on it for the reader who feels like a intruder inside the frame (at least it is what I felt by reading her books). Human condition is marked with fault lines, but there is no flaw in music because in any circumstances, people will always find beauty, and meaning in it. It's like a tender kiss on your cheek, a strong embrance that makes you realise that beauty and humanity still exist. The Sant Andreas fault is a crack on the skin of the Earth, visible and concrete. So, maybe we can think the same for all the characters in "Fault lines". We jump from a timeline to another, expecting to find the origin, the source of the fault, like a fish returning home, returning to origin. But even at the beginning, even at the start of the crack, we can't stop it, we can't help the fault to occur because the reasons of its birth are deeper. Nancy Huston tries, in my opinion, to underline the fears, the cruelty, the expectations and the questions that run through people lives. The most important thing is to escape this scheme and this destiny in order to rich our glories, to create art, to love (no matter how, no matter how) and to highlight the best part of humanity.