Gregory Sherl || The Future for Curious People

Just imagine that it would be possible to predict whether your new relationship is meant to be. In The Future for Curious People high tech computers can do just that. It shows images of you and your lover, it is up to you to decide whether they reflect on a happy relationship or not. Evelyn is convinced that the images of future her and boyfriend Adrian bickering over cheese show that they were not meant to be, so she breaks of their relationship. Godfrey on the other hand proposes to his Madge and is sent to an ‘envisionist’ to make sure that they stand a chance. Madge keeps the ring, she won’t put in on her finger though until she has the certainty that Godfrey and she will be forever happy. Waiting in line at the envisionist’s Godfrey and Evelyn casually meet, to keep invading each others images of the future from that moment on. It is quiet obvious that they are meant to be, true love is stronger than the envisionist’s equipment. The Future for Curious People has a serious message: it is a sign of maturity that you can cope with the uncertainty of future. Certainty is out of the question as far as the future is concerned. Unfortunately Sherl undermines his serious message by linking it to a more romantic one: there is absolutely no doubt that Godfrey and Evelyn will end up in each others arms. The Future itself, being a novel on the future not being predictable, is extremely predictable. I feel that a less romantic end (and don’t get me wrong, I love romantic endings especially if the characters are such sweeties) would have served the novel better. The romance takes too much of the edge and in my mind its prevailing thought has become ‘love conquers all’ whereas I suppose that this was not the message Sherl set out to send. The certainty that the future is uncertain would have been served better by a novel with an edgier ending.  The Future for Curious People is nice but bland, too bad.

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I am an avid reader and love to share my love for literature. I have my own opinion on books that have been shortlisted, laureated by critics or are pushed on us by bookstores. I will try and explain why I like or do not like a book. Hopefully influencing you in your choice of books to read.
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One Response to Gregory Sherl || The Future for Curious People

  1. Col says:

    Really liked review. I can see exactly what you mean in the apparent contradiction between the book message and the actual story. Mind you, im still quite taken with the idea of an ‘envisionist’!!!!!

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