Thursday, March 12, 2015
Nicolas waits for his father, a surgical instrument salesman, to return with his suitcase and in the meantime has to borrow items from his classmates who have ostracized him. But his father doesn't come back and can't be reached by phone (this novel is 20 years old). Nicolas, a neurotic child, starts fretting about his father's disappearance but enjoys the special attention he receives when he becomes ill. A boy disappears from the village and Nicolas fantasizes about what might have happened to him. It doesn't turn out well. I anticipated the ending but it was disquieting nonetheless.