DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - BOOKS -

Move over Han­ni­bal Lecter. A man eat­ing our liver sounds far less scary than the psy­cho­pathic Amy El­liott Dunne whose abil­ity to plot and pre- empt is hor­ri­fy­ing. Af­ter all, with Lecter all you have to fear is death. Amy doesn’t let you off so eas­ily. Daunt­ingly in­tel­li­gent and cold- blooded, she will make her vic­tim — her hus­band — suf­fer. Gone Girl isn’t really a hor­ror story. It’s a novel about mar­riage and Amy is a chill­ing per­son­i­fi­ca­tion of that old say­ing, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Con­sid­er­ing the hor­ri­ble crimes against women be­ing re­ported th­ese days, there’s a po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect side of us who takes great plea­sure in th­ese crim­i­nal hus­bands be­ing sad­dled with a wife like Amy. From the very first moment that you meet Em, you fall in love with her. She is com­pletely mad, which means she says de­light­ful and of­ten in­ap­pro­pri­ate things with glo­ri­ous charm. It also means that she tries to kill her­self, hurts those around her and is cru­ci­fied by de­pres­sion. Yet, even when she’s at her worst, when she’s curled into a mis­er­able knot of delu­sions and sui­ci­dal urges, Em’s strength is re­mark­able. Her des­per­ate urge to kill her­self is matched only by her in­tense

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