My review of Wilful Disregard by Lena Andersson

A must-read love story for all genders – leaves you thinking

Unrequited love delivers of course no happiness and joy to one’s self-esteem. For the most part, Wilful Disregard by Lena Andersson was surprisingly a good read. Good translation. Rush for time I chose to read it later in Swedish. Halfway through the story, I inevitably became impatient, irritated with one of two main characters, Ester’s obsession (my god! was it moral masochism?) while Pride cowardly took a backseat — with Hope portraying the role of a scoundrel. But as in many amorous relationships, the language the heart dictates, ’til time (the mother of truth) or reality intervenes. Hugo Rask was a total nincompoop. But the story needed him to make sense of (justify?) Ester’s ordeal, which was excruciatingly painful.