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Reviewed by Steven Robson for Readers' Favorite
Sarah Goldman by Réal Carpentier is a beautiful exposé of the human condition, delving into the extremes of total love confronted by absolute evil. Dr. Raymond Dina’s life is irreversibly changed when he meets Sarah Goldman, one of his psychology students, during a fifteen-week semester at New York University. Like most things in life, they have no idea where their journey will take them, but one thing is certain; neither could anticipate the ultimate fate that awaits. In a perverse way, a form of neo-Nazi hatred comes into their life to inflict a type of horror that mirrors the type meted out during the Second World War; a war with painful ties to Sarah. The fallout will leave you angry and despairing of the paucity of empathy held by some so-called human beings.
I found reading Réal Carpentier’s Sarah Goldman to be a moving and very thought-provoking experience. It shows just how love can bloom when you least expect it in a real and wonderful way, without regard for what “society” may consider proper or correct. The characters were well defined, unique, and evoked genuine emotions. I particularly enjoyed the thread of uncertainty that ran through the plot; a desire to know the future of these innocent people, deserving of happiness in a sometimes cruel world. As for the character of Sean Russell, words can’t describe how unbelievable it is to say that people like this still exist in our world. It almost seems an injustice that he leads to a climax, which is not only shocking, in some ways expected, but in no way easy to accept.