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What on earth can love not do?

By Vision Reporter

Added 18th September 2009 03:00 AM

LET me suggest: The day you chance upon Emma Who Saved My Life, please do control your emotions, lest you end up making rash decisions like dropping this whale of a novel, thinking it a silly comedy about an even sillier boy growing up on the streets and

BOOK: Emma Who Saved My Life
AUTHOR: Wilton Barnhardt
PUBLISHER: Futura Publishings
REVIEWED BY: Bob Kisiki


LET me suggest: The day you chance upon Emma Who Saved My Life, please do control your emotions, lest you end up making rash decisions like dropping this whale of a novel, thinking it a silly comedy about an even sillier boy growing up on the streets and in the clubs of raunchy New York.

Gil Freeman doesn’t want much out of life – just fun with all manner of girls: 1. The-Good-For-Only-One-Thing Girl, who is only good for one thing; 2. The-You’re-Like-A-Sister-To-Me Woman who is indeed like a sister to you and 3. The Quality Item. More on this one later, for she is the only one with a name to her, and I’m sure you’ll be delighted to meet her.

But before I introduce Emma – The Quality Item – let me point out that Gil’s goal was only to lose his virginity but when he met Emma Gennaro, who was out to have a wild life – without sex – the stage was set for a unique romance. “She was covered in flour (one got the impression more flour lingered in the air than even went into the pizza at Baldo’s)…”

That’s what she looked like the day they met – through a go-between. Gil says of Emma: “Just think of an Italian-American girl who is not an immediate knockout, but five minutes or so after getting used to her, she’s quite striking, made very striking by her hand gestures and expressions which seem to take up all the space in the room. Give her ten minutes and you’d be convinced she was a beauty…”

So they link up, go places – including hospital emergency rooms – and by the end, Emma has saved Gil’s brain from mediocrity, his life from wanton abuse and he has taught her to love – truly.

What on earth can love not do?

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