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The Temporary

The Temporary [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Cusk
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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A darkly comic novel of office love and life.

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When one of corporate London's transient typists unexpectedly crosses Ralph Loman's path, her disruptive beauty ignites a brief blaze of excitement in his troubled heart. But Francine Snaith is ravenous for attention, driven by a thirst for conquest, and when Ralph tries politely to extricate himself he finds he is bound in chains of consequence from which it seems there is no escape.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction (1 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #235,777 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable read 23 Jan 2002
By Laura
Aside from the sophisticated, intricate writing, the kind that may not have been successfully executed since Jane Austen, Rachel Cusk's insights into human behavior are dizzying. She uses unique, unexpected metaphors to describe, and almost every paragraph includes a disturbing glimpse into the human psyche. In my opinion, The Temporary is a psychological thriller, and the genius of it is that Cusk has created a sympathetic character whose behavior we sometimes question, and an unlikable character for whom we come to have compassion. At least that's how it worked for me. The fact that the ending left me mildy baffled only increased the novel's success. It ends with a cliffhanger, suggesting the fluidity of fate. Anwyay, I cannot say enough good things about this story of a temporary, her hapless victim, and the womanizer who brings the whole thing to a head in ones of the most chilling scenes I have ever read.Read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 Jan 2007
'The Temporary' is probably the darkest novel Cusk wrote. Poor Ralph! He is snared so slowly and so completely it's almost unbearable to read. However, the real stand-out in this novel is Francine. Very different character from Agnes Day in many ways, and not nearly so likeable as Stella. Yet there's something about Francine that fascinates me more than Cusk's other female characters, save perhaps Mrs Daley.

Anyway! What I loved most about the novel were the little touches. The description of Francine wearing a too-thin jacket, her hands retreating into the sleeves for warmth. Or how she is rejected by Stephen and tries to walk off 'as elegantly as she could.'

What a chilling ending! Absolutely breathtaking, perfect. This is just the sort of book I like to read. And what a brilliant writer Rachel Cusk is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Temporary 4 Feb 2014
Winner of the Whitbread Award for her debut novel Saving Agnes, Rachel Cusk's second novel 'The Temporary' focuses on Francine Snaith, a young woman from Kent, who is living and working in London. Francine is beautiful, but she is also vain, totally preoccupied with her appearance and spends her time thinking about how her beauty affects others around her - namely men; Francine is also a bit of a snob. At a party at an art gallery one evening, Francine meets two young men: Stephen Sparks, a very confident and worldly character, and Ralph Loman, a graduate, who works for a free newspaper - a job he finds both uninteresting and unsatisfying. Captivated by Francine's good looks, Ralph later telephones her to ask for a date and Francine, although she had been hoping that Stephen would contact her, agrees to meet up with Ralph at this home, and the pair end the evening in bed with each other. However, Ralph soon realises he has made a mistake in becoming involved so quickly with Francine, but when he tries to extricate himself from the relationship he discovers Francine has rather different ideas ....

Beautifully and eloquently written, Rachel Cusk describes Ralph's situation well and with all his insecurities and uncertainties, he is carefully and sympathetically portrayed by the author. Francine, however, is dealt with less kindly and although she is perhaps to be pitied in her unenviable position, she is not a character to inspire any real sympathy or loyalty.
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