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Monday, August 15, 2011
Blue Angel was a great read. It is the story of a professor at a small college who has writer's block. He has been working on his next novel for a long long time. He passes his day by teaching short story classes. He is happily married and overall happy with his job until he meets Angela Argo. Meeting Angela exposes how thin his surface happiness is.
He ends up having an affair with Angela, she seduces him in her dorm room. He takes her manuscript to his agent and when he gets back all hell breaks loose. Angela presses a sexual harassment case against him. She claims that he used his position as a professor and his ability to present her book to his agent as leverage to make her have sex with him.
The one thing I disliked about this book was that the ending left a lot of questions unanswered. The books ends in a sexual harassment hearing where everyone testifies against our protagonist. After the scene though I was almost left with the impression that maybe we have only heard one side of the story, maybe the professor did use poor Angela. When I read other reviews of the book it's either well loved or firmly hated. I think that what would have made it a bit more perfect would have been a better explanation of the motives of the other characters.
So even though this novel is deeply flawed and ultimately raises several unsatisfying questions, I couldn't put it down until I finished it. That is ultimately how I tell whether or not a story is a success.