Francis has two sons. When one of them disappears in Paris, he returns to the city of his youth to search for him, and once more, the city becomes a place of passion, illusion, frustration and deceit. Francis is desperately in love with his son, but what secret desires are at play in the minds of his two grown-up boys? And how will he cope when he returns with his obsessions to his drab English home town?
A dark exploration of illicit desire, madness and paternal responsibility, THE PARIS SYNDROME explores one of society’s strongest taboos, before turning it on its head to confound the moral judgements of the reader.
“… there in Saint-Séverin I realised how I felt. I wanted to hold him to me, kiss his hands and then his mouth. I wanted to undo all the learning this woman had supposedly taught him and impose upon him a learning of my own. I wanted above all to be his master, both in body and in mind.”
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Fantastic, disturbing and subtly erotic. The direct approach of John Roman Baker’s writing drew me in from the start and I was hooked. I knew the book was about a Father/Son obsession, and I wondered how the author would deal with that. I was surprised, by the frankness, but also by the completely original way in which it is handled. You can’t “like” the central character, but the quality of writing is such that you begin to identify with him and with his obsessions. Loved the vivid descriptions of Paris too, and crazy over-the-top twist at the end.