This book is a recommended reading for my drama writing class and it epitomizes drama in all 257 pages. The dramas are all self-inflicted – like some typical Saturday night prime time Taiwanese drama, minus the booze (or perhaps there might be some but I haven’t paid attention) which carries on in the same scene week after week without any indication as to when or how it will end.
I remember watching the movie, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as a child and I had wondered what the show was all about at the end. Nothing happened but everyone seemed to be quarreling all the time, very much the same feeling I have as I sit, either in Grandma’s house, or my in-laws before during my visits, while waiting for the quarrel on TV to end and for a change of scene because the old ladies are glued to the TV, and then saying goodbye, with whoever on TV still arguing an hour later.
This book is like that, and it gets tiresome after a while, especially when I am trying to erase negativity from my life. My lecturer would disagree, as she sees the language and dialogues as beautifully written.
The story is about a middle-aged couple, Martha and George, who invite a younger couple, Nick and Honey, over at 2am in the night after their university social event earlier. Martha and George then proceed to humiliate each other, as well as the other couple, in what they consider a game. Although clearly uncomfortable, the young couple don’t leave and thus get dragged into a spiraling negative conundrum, because Nick, like George, dares not offend Martha, daughter of both their boss. There is plenty of booze, and with that accusations, thereby also revealing their own inadequacy and unhappiness in their unfulfilling marriages and lives.
Readers get exposition of character flaws and back story (filled with lies) throughout the night, that, you wish Nick and Honey would leave earlier so that you too can exit the story.