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Monday, September 24, 2012

"Indecent Proposal"

by Jack Engelhard, AF, 2012, c1988, Kindle edition ebook, 310p, rating=2
Source: purchased
Content:  adult sex and foul language

Arab billionaire Ibrahim Hassan offers Joshua Cantor $1 million if he will allow Hassan to sleep with his beautiful blond wife, Joan. But this ostensibly "indecent proposal" has darker overtones for Cantor, whose parents survived the Holocaust. He's a corporate speech writer with an average salary and he's "tired of being poor." He's also afraid of losing his well-bred wife. Joan has never complained about their financial situation, but now Joshua's whining drives her to consider Hassan's offer. (Goodreads)

Wow, very different from the movie and wouldn't you know it, I like the movie version much better!  The only significant thing I saw that the movie stayed true to the book was the proposition (a very rich man to pay a million dollars to spend a night with another man's wife).  Everything else was different, from character names to the journey to the ending. 

A very moral seeking situation this proposition invites and so goes the fascination for the read.  I didn't care for the book's process though.  Maybe too political and racy for my taste.  I'm more for the fluff and personal meaning to the adventure.  Hence, I did like the overall conclusion of the struggle to finding relationship resolve.  There's quite a lot to muddle through when a marriage is strained with such a heavy ethical offer. The potential for irreversible damage is highly likely. Consequently, that was the true gamble that Joshua and Joan was taking.  Did their marriage survive in the end?  I won't spoil it for you just in case you want to read it.

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