"28 is very powerful and intense, questioning again and again all the ambivalences of life and living, of destiny, motivation, and consequence. To tackle such themes is a very ambitious undertaking, and it is successful because of the narrative element, the character hints, and the human elements. The ending is both surprising and eloquent."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
"Reading Lappas is like entering a mirror-maze: every turn offers endless possibilities."
CREATING THE NOVEL
"As I look back over the novel, it is the character of 28 that stands out. There is real emotional (and even spiritual) intensity in her, and one has a sense that her life goes on even beyond the last chapter."
"28 is an original, courageous, and memorable novel. It engages the reader in an important debate, and leads us to ask ourselves challenging questions. At the same time it "entertains" us with a story of relationships—both painful and hopeful—and allows us to observe (and perhaps experience) growth."
from comments by Jack Hodgins
In chapter twenty-seven we read the words "what is truth?" and it seems clear to the reader at this point that a search for some grip on truth is at the centre of this novel ...
... We are in the care of a writer who has a keen interest in metaphysics. The narrator, the divorced former-husband of a woman who hates him and the father of a beloved son in a coma (feeling unloved himself - with good reason, as it turns out) meets and talks with, through several episodes, a patient referred to solely as "28" on his regular visits to his son in hospital. Their conversations bear a resemblance, in format and intention, to the "dialogue" approach to philosophical investigations in, for instance, Plato, though the content is specific to the lives of these two people.
Though no one would refer to this as a "plot" novel, the usual functions of a plot are indeed present, and serve to keep us turning the pages. Some of this is achieved by our curiosity about this woman "28", and the tension created within the dialogue episodes, leading to the moment when the narrator discovers that he loves the woman he thinks he's been talking with, only to discover further that he has fallen in love with a fiction. Also contributing to this narrative drive is the reader's interest in discovering whether the narrator's son will recover from his coma, and whether the ex-wife's excessive hatred and verbal abuse will lead to violence, or to an attempt to separate him from his son. The question "what is truth?" is not a simple one
The reader is aware that the main forces driving the novel are questions about identity, about the meaning of life and truth, and about responsibilities toward one's own decisions regarding living or dying, struggling or giving up. That the narrator falls in love with a fiction is entirely appropriate to the literary themes that are threaded through the novel. The narrator is not only a writer, but is a writer intensely engaged in the problems and techniques of writing fiction, to the extent that he makes these concerns part of his fictional conversation. On the one hand we have a writer who writes and thinks about fiction as a literary concept, and on the other hand we have a woman who lives a fiction. In both cases fiction is a journey in search of truth.
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