Anderson, Robin. “Regina: A Novel of Some Extremes”, Minerva Press, 2012.
Stereotyping Time and Character
I do not know how Robin Anderson does it— he is excessively prolific but even more than that is every book he writes is a gem. Granted some gems need a bit more polish than others but Anderson’s gems sparkle all the time and they sparkle with wonderful wit. Anderson takes us back to the 1960’s and 70’s where we meet the droll Regina, an effeminate interior decorator. As the business increases, Regina becomes more and more greedy and she sets out on a journey of his own self-destruction. And as he destroys herself, we can be sure that he destroys others. We all know someone like him who delights in others’ hard times but is left alone when her troubles begin. Regina thinks that wit will cure all but it is obvious that this is not the case. The novel is narrated by Regina’s lover and he seems to be the person who suffers the most from Regina. We root for him and are taken in by his naiveté.
If you have ever read anything by Anderson, you know he can pack more into a novel than others usually do and “Regina” is no exception. As usual with Robin Anderson, I choose not to discuss the plots but it is enough to say that the book will totally pull you in and keep you reading until you close the covers. Be careful though—reading Robin Anderson is addictive.
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