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Luke Brown’s “My Biggest Lie”

Luke Brown’s “My Biggest Lie”

How often have you read a book eight times? There are a couple of books I’ve read more than once but there’s no book I’ve read this often. Except „My biggest lie“ by Luke Brown. I guess that already says a lot about how much this book speaks to me. Literally, by the way, whenever I read the book, I can actually hear the characters speak, as if I am listening to an audio book. Also, whenever I read the book, I can smell the streets of Buenos Aires, hear the electronic Tango music and I can feel Liam’s pain of being unrequitingly in love.

“I was crying by now. Unless I specifically tell you otherwise, assume I’m always crying”

But first things first. „My biggest lie“ is set in both London and Buenos Aires. The story moves chronologically from Liam’s worst day up to the publication of his first novel. However, the story jumps back in time several times to let the reader know the story behind Liam’s worst day.

Liam Wilson is the narrator of the story and the main character. Around him is a set of flawed male characters, led by Liam’s mentor and friend James Cockburn (pronounced „Co-burn“, as he would like to believe).  The male cast is complemented by a set of seemingly flawless female characters, led by Liam’s ex-girlfriend Sarah and her best friend Lizzie.

“Perhaps it wasn’t a coincidence my friends were mostly men much older than me. But was it paternal guidance or just a precedence for bad behavior I wanted from them?”

The story revolves around the impact lies have on the lives of others and oneself while the characters’ drug fueled adventures seem to be keeping reality at bay as much as it exposes their lies.

“What I love (I am trying to say loved) about drugs is the way they engender the temporary suspension of disbelief, poetic faith, negative capability, whatever you want to call it. You can invent magical characters for yourself when you’re on them, and if you start to believe in them others will too.”

Underlying the main storyline is that of Craig Bennett, Alejandro Montenegro and Amy Casares. A trio of friends who have previously loved, lost and lived in Buenos Aires.
Both storylines are intertwined and dependent on each other, with one continually fueling the other.
On the last page, I couldn’t believe that I wouldn’t find out how the story would  evolve from there. I think this is one of the reasons why I keep rereading it because I keep hoping that there will be a different end next time. One that is clearer and less open to interpretation.
So if you are looking for a novel that draws you in and that is an ode to live and love and dreams, then this might be the book for you.