Thursday, April 7, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Yargo

In which I share vague recollections of books I read long ago that have stuck with me.

The cover is the only part that's
exactly as I remember it.
I don't know how old I was when I read Yargo, but I have a feeling I may have only been in middle school. For some reason I think I may have gotten this book from my grandmother, which seems weird but not unlikely. It was published after Jacqueline Susann's death, and the only book of hers I've ever read, though she is most known for Valley of the Dolls.

All I remember is that it was a love story between a human woman and an alien man. In reality, it's about a woman who is accidentally kidnapped by aliens (accidentally as in they meant to kidnap someone else) and taken to a planet called Yargo. The people there do not have feelings or emotions, but she falls in love with one of them who, I gather, is not able to return her feelings.

What I remember about it is many intense feelings of love and romance and, oh, what a beautiful story about people from two different planets who fall deeply in love. I cannot reconcile my memories with what is apparently the reality of the story.

This is a great example of a book that I remember really loving, but that is actually terrible, so as much as I'm tempted to read it again I know that is very bad idea. I'd love to recapture what I felt when I first read it, but from the reviews I just read online I feel certain that wouldn't happen. In fact, it doesn't even sound like a love story from what I just read so I have to wonder how much of my experience was my imagination.

Did any of you ever read this book? What do you remember of it?

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