Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Just Can't Get Enough

"Diary Of A Sex Addict" by Scott Alexander Hess is indeed full of sex, but it is not erotica. Just like the movie Shame, the sex is not titillating. On the other hand, it is kind of sad. This novel takes you inside a mind of a sex addict, but I think it's more a peek into someone who uses sex to fill a void in his life. There is an underlying sadness in the narrator's story that you will feel so sorry for him, although he does trudge on in the end. My main problem with the book, though is that it does not have any arc. Set a couple of days before Christmas, we do not see anything happening to him as the book ends. I want to look at this as a "slice of life" kind of thing, but I had hoped there was some kind of something there - resolution, retribution, reformation. It's a compulsive read, but all empty calories.


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