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Halt During the Chase Hardcover – 13 Apr 1972

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd; First Edition edition (13 April 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0370014634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370014630
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,393,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sabina on 26 July 2013
Format: Hardcover
The novel is set in the late sixties or early seventies. Sophie (in her early 30's) lives in an artistic, sophisticated millieu in Hampstead. It is assumed by everyone that she will marry Philip, her boyfriend of 2 years. He is charming, good looking, and has a good job at the Treasury. But Sophie seems to be veering towards some sort of a crisis. Just as she wonders if she will ever emancipate herself from the very close symbiosis with her mother (or is the mother - the daughter?), she begins to see Philip (whom she loves) as a prohibitor of her true freedom. In her striving to be her true self, Sophie goes to enlightening lectures (with Philip's younger brother Guy), and to see an elderly clairvoyant man in Brighton. Much of the third part of the novel is set in France, where Sophie goes to stay with a family in a chateau called St. Emilion. There is also a dramatic bit in Paris.

Some of the characters in this story are entertaining and have their own voices, such as Princess Melika (Pussy), and Guy and Philip's father, Rudi. Some are merely sketched in, such as the French hosts and children. The main 'voice' is Sophie's analytic ruminations between (and sometimes during) her various encounters. The author's voice is an unusual one. Usually 'show, not tell' is a good precept in writing, but here the 'telling' after a revelatory dialogue, isn't always what the reader would expect. It isn't clear what will happen in the Sophie/Philip relationship, and it isn't always clear which outcome would be best. This makes for an intriguing read. It makes me want to find another book by Rosemary Tonks.
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