It's Lit | Big Little Lies
So it's October 1st tomorrow. At the beginning of this dreadful year we call 2017, I set a goal for myself to read twenty-four books. I've read a total of six - needless to say I probably won't make my goal but that's okay because the books I have managed to read, were worth the time. The latest is the much-talked about, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. First things first, there's a TV show based on the book which is meant to be incredible - however, I've since watched the first two episodes of the show and the story is a little different from the book - so I would most definitely read it first.
Second, Liane Moriarty was not playing around when she wrote this. Every time I managed to pick up the book and read it, I didn't want to put it down, even when I knew I'd regret it the next morning (trust me, I love my sleep). It's written from different perspectives, so each chapter will be from the point of view of a certain character. It's not a new trope, but it works epically within this particular novel.
Based on three very different women, the story follows the everyday lives and interactions of husbands, exes, wives, children, teachers, oh...and a murderer. Don't worry that's not a spoiler. You know right away that someone is dead but the catch is, you don't really care in the beginning because you're not yet invested in any of the characters. The genius behind writing each chapter from a different point of view, is that you never know who to trust. The other literary genius behind it, the title of the chapter does not tell you whose perspective said chapter will be from. The result? You pick up on the way the different characters are written, their traits and the way they think. From the outside, the novel seems mundane - what's so interesting about three women who take their kids to school and live in a random part of Australia?
Moriarty slays the art of subtlety by illustrating the power of women coming together and the power of women going up against one another. She also shows us how you can never really know someone - vague but true nonetheless. Even being the reader of this novel and being able to see into the lives of the different characters, doesn't mean you know everything about them. It's an ironic way to send a message about all the lies people told before you knew them and how they will affect you at some point in time regardless of how big, small or unrelated they are to you.
We all lie - profound, right? Big ones, little ones, white lies, lies to hurt others, lies that protect them - it all happens, right from when we're kids. Moriarty manages to demonstrate how even the little lies can be horrifyingly dangerous, whether they're coming from an adult or a 5 year old. Finally, the novel itself is a wake up call to anyone and everyone who tells themselves little lies, just to survive their own lifetime. Are the continuous lies to yourself, worth survival? Is survival the goal or is living the goal? I can't answer that question - but the book sure as hell can give you one consequence to it.
If you identify as a man and don't enjoy seeing other men being demonized for behavior you think is "rational," you'll probably want to avoid reading this. If you feel like understanding how the actions of some men affect all women, are trying to be a better human, or just want to be educated in matters such as rape, gender-bias, fat shaming etc. then definitely read this book.
To all the rest, you'll love this book. Especially if you believe that doing the wrong thing, is sometimes right.
Distorted humor. Murder. Kindergarten. Gossip. Harry the Hippo. Assault. Petitions. Human-Trafficking. What're you waiting for? Go read it and revel in its gloriousness.
And if you get none of the above out of it, at least you got to indulge in a juicy read.