A FEARFUL SYMMETRY by David Fisher

A FEARFUL SYMMETRY

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

This is hard to categorize so the puzzled or lazy reviewer can just let the story tell itself -- namely about Henry, a geologist, husband and father of two, who is easily conned into an affair with a student, Becky, a barefoot gift with cheek who until then has been living with an actor, Sean Machri, who appears here as ""mother"" throughout while Becky is obviously having an adversary relationship with Henry, as father. But in time Henry is afraid he'll kill her -- in fact he does abuse her and eventually is on the premises when Becky, all flaked out, leaves by the window. But mother, who until then has kept his distance (except for some practical jokes, some of which are pretty funny) decides to revenge her death although just how keeps Henry on another ledge. . . . A slow tease which in the beginning presumes on your patience even where it tweaks your curiosity -- still it has moments of capriciousness, cleverness and perversity which might temporarily justify your initial interest and later alarm.

Pub Date: March 22nd, 1974
Publisher: Doubleday