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Mercy (1995)

de Jodi Picoult

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Police chief Cameron McDonald has lived in idyllic Wheelock, Massachusetts for most of his life, as has his beloved wife Allie. Their comfortable lives are thrown into tumult, however, when Cam's distant cousin Jamie arrives in town along with his wife's dead body. Jamie admits to the murder--a mercy killing to end the pain caused by a ravaging cancer. And now Cam is torn by his oath to uphold justice and his family obligations as chief of the Scottish McDonald clan. Meanwhile, another new arrival in town, Mia Townsend, threatens to unwittingly drive a dagger through Cam's marriage.… (mais)
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In ihrem Buch stellt Jodie Picoult zwei Fragen an die Leserinnen:
1. Ist Sterbehilfe erlaubt?
Diese Frage ist momentan ja wieder sehr aktuell durch das neue Urteil des Bundesverfassungsgerichts. Auch Jodie Picoult beantwortet die Frage letztendlich eindeutig. Der junge Mann, der seine im Endstadium an Kreis erkrankte Frau tötete, steht also im Zentrum des einen Handlungsstranges.
2. Wie sehr muss man lieben?
Auch im Zentrum der anderen Fragstellung steht dieses Paar, denn Jamie und Maggie sind ein extrem verliebtes Paar. Es wird immer wieder darauf abgehoben, dass Jamie mehr liebt als Maggie. Nur aus dieser Liebe heraus ist verständlich, dass Jamie die Tat begeht und sich ihren Konsequenzen stellt. Aber es stellt sich eben schon auch die Frage, wie sehr man sich lieben lassen kann, wenn man so etwas von seinem Partner fordert.
Dem gegenüber steht das Paar Cam und Allie. Allie liebt Cam sehr, er hingegen ist nie ganz zufrieden mit ihr. Er verliebt sich in Allies neue Mitarbeiterin Mia und auch diese verliebt sich nahezu rasend in ihn. Obwohl die beiden sich also lieben, entscheidet sich Cam letztendlich für Allie und eine Ehe. Er lässt die rasende Liebe nicht Oberhand gewinnen, sondern denkt auch über Pflicht, Loyalität und Beständigkeit nach. Allie allerdings, die vor dem Betrug eher in Jamies rasend verliebter, es immer recht machender Rolle war, emanzipiert sich und wird für Cam womöglich zu einem echten Gegenüber. Und schließlich ist da noch Mia. Sie ist allein und wird es wohl auch bleiben. Von ihren Eltern erzählt sie, dass jene auch ein rasend verliebtes Paar waren. Für das Kind Mia war nie Raum in dieser Liebe.
So ist der Roman, der eigentlich über Sterbehilfe geht, in erster Linie ein Roman über die Liebe - wie sehr muss man sich im anderen verlieren, wie viel muss man für en anderen tun. Picoult beantwortet das eher gegen die total Selbstaufgabe, ala Jamie, würde ich denken.
Vielleicht noch ein Wort zum Buch an sich: Ich fand es eigentlich nicht so gut wie andere Bücher von Picoult. Die Personen waren durch die Bank keine großen Sympathieträger, Sprache und Aufbau irgendwie unmotiviert. Und die Handlung war auch nicht immer ganz stringent. Aber man kanns schon lesen. Wie gesagt, zum Nachdenken regt es auf jeden Fall an. ( )
  Wassilissa | Mar 11, 2020 |
While this wasn't my favorite book by Picoult, I'm still compelled to give it 4 stars. The subject matter is gripping and controversial, as always, but I had trouble identifying with, or even liking, most of the characters. There were parts of this book that seemed frivolous and unnecessary; it felt cumbersome to wade through them to get to the heart of the story. I still enjoyed it and look forward to my next novel from this author. ( )
  LizBurkhart | Sep 5, 2019 |
This is one of Ms. Picoult's older books that's been on my reader for a while. I'm sorry I waited so long to read it as it's an excellent story.
A small town in western Massachusetts is basically a Scottish clan's home away from the highlands. They were transported here after Culloden and have kept a lot of their clan rules. The clan chief is also the local police chief. Cam McDonald is the one his cousin Jamie turns to after he kills his wife in a mercy killing. She was dying of cancer and begged him to relieve her pain. Cam arrests him but also secretly hires a lawyer for him in his guise as clan chief. Cam's wife Allie does her best to help Jamie, not knowing that Cam is embarking on an affair with her new assistant at her flower shop.
Ms. Picoult does a fine job exploring the intricacies of these two marriages: Jamie adored his wife, maybe too much when he does her bidding to kill her, and Cam and Allie who have something missing in their marriage. The mercy killing is the impetus for them to explore what's wrong and make adjustments.
It was intriguing how the author integrated the Scots clan laws and customs into their current society. As a descendent of the McDonalds myself, I really liked this part of the book, but it's a great story all in all, one you'll think about for a long time after reading it. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Jun 7, 2019 |
This is a fantastic story about what mercy looks like in different situations. Can it ever mean killing someone if they are sick and in pain with no hope of getting better? What does it look like in a marriage that is amazing? How about one that is falling apart? Is it the same for everyone?

This book will have you thinking about questions you never thought to think. ( )
  Lisa5127 | May 25, 2019 |
DNF. I read about two hundred pages. This is absolute crap. ( )
  kemilyh1988 | Apr 12, 2019 |
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Police chief Cameron McDonald has lived in idyllic Wheelock, Massachusetts for most of his life, as has his beloved wife Allie. Their comfortable lives are thrown into tumult, however, when Cam's distant cousin Jamie arrives in town along with his wife's dead body. Jamie admits to the murder--a mercy killing to end the pain caused by a ravaging cancer. And now Cam is torn by his oath to uphold justice and his family obligations as chief of the Scottish McDonald clan. Meanwhile, another new arrival in town, Mia Townsend, threatens to unwittingly drive a dagger through Cam's marriage.

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