Passions Spin the Plot

Fisher, Vardis. Passions Spin the Plot. Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ldt., 1934.

Reason read: to continue the series started in August.

From the very first sentence of Passions Spin the Plot I had a certain dread about reading this. As you may recall, I got sick of how whiny Vridar was in In Tragic Life. (Although I should have known better from the title!) So, when I read the very first sentence, “Vridar felt sick and lost” (page 13) I knew I was in for more of the same. Every thing about Vridar is very dramatic. He has bouts of hot grief, he is insecure, he feels very sheltered, guilty and lonely. The one connection I felt early on with Vridar was his love for libraries. Like me, Vridar found sanctuary amidst the books.
But, anyway! About the plot: Passions Spin the Plot continue the Vridar story. At the end of In Tragic Life Vridar was about to set off to college. Passions Spin the Plot picks up with Vridar at college in Salt Lake City. He finally makes a friend who becomes a partner in crime, so to speak. Vridar demonstrates he has a lot to learn especially about fashion and women in the “real” world so this new friend tries to guide him in the ways of dating. But, all in all Vridar is an odd duck. His childhood love for Neloa continues to be obsessive and yet his high morals cause him angst when he hears she sees other men. He hates her. He loves her. He hates her. He loves her. He comes across as high and mighty, very self-righteous but he himself is not all that pure during these college days.

Favorite lines, “She was as chaste as a June morning and as unapproachable as the philosophy of Kant” (p 47) and “A lot of men wasted themselves on love” (p 154). A favorite phrase was “vomit of rage”. I think I’ll use that the next time I am mad enough to spit nails.

Author fact: Since Vardis’s passion for Neloa is the focus for this book the author fact is that Fisher married three times. His first marriage only lasted seven years.

Book trivia: Passions Spin the Plot is the second book in a four-book series.

Nancy said: nothing specific about Passions.

BookLust Twist: from More Book Lust in the chapter called “Idaho: and Nary a Potato To Be Seen” (p 121).

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