Private Confessions: A Novel
Scandal is hardly a strong enough word to describe the public response to adultery committed by a Swedish pastor's wife in the 1920s. Fidelity, loyalty, duty, propriety: all were viewed through what is now an almost entirely alien lens.
Ingmar Bergman is an acknowledged master of both the cinematic and literary lens, and with elegance and unfailing honesty he creates a sensitive, intimate portrait of Anna, a vivacious, beautiful, and headstrong woman who rushed into her marriage with Henrik - a marriage that, for her, quickly became pleasureless. She feels how truly stifling it is only when she falls passionately in love with Henrik's young friend Tomas. For the first time, she finds pleasure in love; now her husband's touch, even his devotion, has gone from unstimulating to intolerable.
The guilt, however, is at least as thick and heady as the pleasure. Desperate for some joy in either her marriage or her illicit love, Anna embarks on a series of confessions - to her childhood pastor, to her husband, to her mother, to her best friend - seeking the advice or the absolution that will direct her to happiness.
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PRIVATE CONFESSIONSUser Review - Kirkus
Third volume in the filmmaker's intensely dramatic series of autobiographical novels inspired by his parents' lives, preceded by The Best Intentions (not reviewed) and Sunday's Children (1993). In a ... Read full review
Private confessions: a novelUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Unmistakably the work of acclaimed director Bergman, this slender novel, set in 1925, portrays a young pastor's wife who has committed the unforgivable sin of falling in love with a young friend of ... Read full review