Author: William F. Aicher
How far would you go to clear your own conscience? Would you destroy another’s integrity purely to ensure your own absolution? In ‘A Confession,’ we are confronted by a man who’s reached the limit of what even he can rationalize as within the limits of his own morality. Having reached his breaking point, he reaches out in desperation to purify his own conscience, spilling the secrets of his life that have formed the man he has become – even if doing so means destroying others in the process.
In this modern tale of amorality, William F. Aicher takes us through the memories of a man who, while having lived a life of confident righteousness, now questions the very fiber of which he is made. Taking inventory of a life defined by substance abuse, love, sex, politics and a newfound ease of inflicting public shame with the help of social media, ‘A Confession’ invites the reader to take a seat and listen to a man come to grips with his own secrets.
As these truths are exposed, the rationality and logic behind them begins to unfurl, leaving both the narrator and reader ultimately questioning if indeed any of us can claim to be truly good.
It was a unique experience to read this book, simply because the narrator speaks directly to the reader. Initially, I wondered what was the point of all this rambling, but the end took me by surprise. In the book, the narrator opens up in brutal honesty about his life and asks us if we would find it in our moral compass to forgive him. While reading this I kept asking myself what exactly was free will and how much of it was acceptable to me?
While some parts had me empathizing with the author, some had me questioning his sanity. The author raises some pertinent questions on life, marriage, and the overall purpose of each action that we take in life.
If you want to look at a book that is brutally honest, makes you question your thoughts, and an interesting narration style, pick this one up!
I rate this book 4 out of 4.