'Seven-year-old Sam Marin is taken from his school. Much to the relief of his parents Anna and Joe, Sam is found unharmed hours later and the police arrest ex-school teacher, Simon Heywood. It’s not a matter of who took Sam, but a question of why.
'Told from the shifting perspectives of seven characters, this psychological mystery explores the complex emotional terrain of past and present relationships and the risks people will go to in the name of love.'
Source: ABC TV (http://about.abc.net.au/abc-in-2017/drama-lovers/). (Sighted: 04/11/2016)
God has pity on kindergarten children.
He has less pity on school children.
And on grownups he has no pity at all,
he leaves them alone,
and sometimes they must crawl on all fours... (Yehuda Amichai)
'The novels of Elliot Perlman encompass a wide variety of social observations and criticism in both contemporary and historical settings. Each novel, Three Dollars, Types of Ambiguity, and The Street Sweeper, most definitely constitutes a recognition of suffering and a cry against inhumanity. However, the principal purpose of these novels is not to wallow in awfulness, nor is it solely to educate readers as to the harder realities of life. Here, Duthie examines Perlman's three novels. ' (Publication summary)
Michael Mack concludes his discussion of Elliot Perlman's Seven Types of Ambiguity with the assertion that the novel 'narrates how the intolerance of ambiguity ... ruins not only personal relationships and the seemingly private appreciation of literature ... it also sheds light on how society's self-absorption with fundamentalism marks the point of its disintegration into isolated selves that have become utterly hostile to helping each other and themselves'.