Book Review: Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen


Author: Rivka Galchen
Title: Atmospheric Disturbances
Publication Info: Blackstone Audio, Inc. (2008)
ISBN: 9781433214455
Summary/Review:

This is an odd little novel in which a man becomes convinced that his wife has been replaced by a simulacrum and heads off on a wild-goose chase to her home in Argentina to find her.  Along the way he gets caught up in what he calls a “meteorological conspiracy” and ruminates on things philosophical and psychological (as well as meteorological).  I’m pretty certain that the unreliable narrator has a mental problem that makes him believe his wife has been replaced rather than that happening in actuality but the novel is never too clear on the subject.   I need to take better notes of why certain books make it on my reading list.  This almost reads like a fictional version of one of Oliver Sacks’ case studies.

Recommended books: The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks and Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem.
Rating: **

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