Rage of Angels┬áis a novel by Sidney Sheldon published in 1980. The novel revolves around young attorney Jennifer Parker, as she rises as a successful lawyer after being framed for threatening the chief witness against a Mafia boss by mistakenly giving him a dead canary with a broken neck which in turn leads to a situation that promises to break her life’s dreams. As the story progresses, the protagonist is romantically torn between a famous politician, who helps her rise again and a Mafia boss, the man that framed her, swearing to destroy her after he finds out about her affair with the politician, that was short-lived though long enough to gift her a son.
I read this book during the time when I was deciding about my career path. After passing out from school, my inclination was towards Law. Unfortunately, I could not pursue my dream. It was by chance, that I found this book in my bookshelf and without giving it a second thought, I started reading it. The pain of not being able to pursue my dream increased when I read that the protagonist was a lawyer. I immediately placed myself in her shoes. Those unfulfilled dreams would now be completed through her, i thought┬á. Jennifer Parker was everything, I ever dreamt to be. A smart, young and independent woman, who took her own life decisions and had the courage to follow her dreams, I started empathizing with her character. With every trouble she went through, I recalled my past experience of not being a lawyer. Every right that she was denied from reminded me of every infringement of right I had to face. The thrill of courtroom drama drew me towards the book even more . I imagined myself In those courtrooms, defending my client and appealing to the judges. Unfulfilled dreams have a long lasting effect on our minds and we cling on those things which give use solace.
Losing a loved one has always been the most difficult emotion that we humans have to face. To bear the pain separation is excruciating, but humans are incomplete without those bondst. The portion where Jennifer loses her son in a skiing accident and her saga of remorse is described in mere 3 pages is the part that fills my heart with pain┬áand makes me teary-eyed. Yet again, I place myself in her place and recall all those whom IÔÇÖve lost. ItÔÇÖs an uncanny experience. Power of words of this author, he takes me into a trance where I forget, itÔÇÖs not my story.┬á However, I relate to Jennifer at so many levels. My attachment with Jennifer is stronger than any real person. It is surreal how a fictional character could influence my thoughts so strongly.
Another aspect of this novel that appealed me the most was how courageously Jennifer fought every crisis, from being betrayed in love to raising a child alone to being framed by the Mafia for the sake of revenge and yet surviving every storm that came her way. A sense of pride was instilled in me being a girl. The will power of a woman is unmatchable. I was inspired by her undying spirit of positivity, and aspired to follow her footsteps and build new dreams even if some have failed.┬á The romantic love triangle that followed in the backdrop of the story was the certainly the most impactful part. The saga of lost love instantly appealed to my senses being a romantic fan. The mature love story between Jennifer and Adam was beautifully crafted and till date has an influence on my notions of love and commitment. The concept of ÔÇ£LoveÔÇØ holds different for different people. The sanctity of this emotion has been explored in tragic manner. My notion of love was extremely juvenile and immature. As I progressed through the book, I explored new dimensions into this feeling. Can love happen twice? What sacrifices one has to make to maintain a relationship? To what extent could one go to save their loved ones? All these questions flooded my mind and as a teenager, my notion of love was prematurely altered. The deep insight into human emotions and relationships left an imprint on my mind and┬áis exposed to only those who I trust.