House Of Sighs
The Mercury Press
At its zenith, House of Sighs is pure theatre of the absurd. The earnest, detailed depiction of this private universe and its unique set of rules is simultaneously hilarious and troubling. The choice of tone is intelligent. With simple sincerity the protagonist convincingly reveals that for three years her father’s definitive departure has been hidden, denied, and neatly explained away.
The fantastic events of this novel, however, problematize the inclusion of the little girl’s daydreams, which pale by comparison. These likely daydreams, faithfully copied down, cancel the power of the unlikely fantasies that make up the tragicomic substance of this book. Unfortunately, Saucier’s grand reductio ad absurdum of motherly love suffers a little from this narrative betrayal, becoming attenuated at its conclusion. mRb