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Trespass [Kindle Edition]

Rose Tremain
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Book Description

In a silent valley in southern France stands an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel. Its owner is Aramon Lunel, an alcoholic haunted by his violent past. His sister, Audrun, alone in her bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life.

Into this closed world comes Anthony Verey, a wealthy but disillusioned antiques dealer from London seeking to remake his life in France. From the moment he arrives at the Mas Lunel, a frightening and unstoppable series of consequences is set in motion...

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"Trespass is one of those infinitely clever novels that pleases, perplexes and plays with the reader" (Savidge Reads)

"Taut ...full of suspense...bewitching" (Ruth Scurr Observer)

"THRILLING...a terrific book, accomplished in its poised, imaginative storytelling and its vivid, sensual rendering of landscape and character, emotion and memory" (The Times)

"An intelligent and terrifyingly plausible meditation" (Sunday Telegraph)

"A sumptuously shaded portrait of a private, lonely place and its stranded people" (Independent)

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Set among the hills and gorges of southern France, Trespass is a thrilling novel about disputed territory, sibling love and devastating revenge, by the bestselling author of The Road Home, winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 714 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (14 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099478455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099478454
  • ASIN: B0038AUYFK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rose Tremain's novels have won many prizes including: the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music and Silence); the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger (Sacred Country); the Sunday Express Book of the Year, the Angel Literary Award and shortlisted for the Booker Prize (Restoration) and a Giles Cooper Award (for her radio play, Temporary Shelter). Her novel The Colour, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and selected for the Daily Mail Reading Club promotion. In June 2007 Rose was made a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many horrors 5 Oct. 2011
By Hazel
I have been so disappointed with this, her 11th Novel. I can't help feeling that RT intended this book to be so much more than this when she sketched out her characters. Characters that could have been so well portrayed had their lives and pasts sidelined quickly for the rather boring subject of the search for Anthony,a very ugly,seedy character. This was then followed by the murder, which was too far fetched and unlikely.

I am sure that RT initially intended to portray something worthy. Maybe the nature of relationships between siblings, their experiences in childhood and how this shaped and affected their future but this was sadly lost in grisly murder and incest. Frankly I didn't care for the story line at all and certainly only finished the book as it was for our Book Club. I'll be interested to hear what the group have to say about it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle and enjoyable journey to the end 22 Nov. 2010
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This is the first novel I have read by Rose Tremain. I find her style gentle and comforting to read. It is not hugely active or terribly exciting, although it is very, very intriguing.

The first few chapters are slow, because of the three sub-plots the author tries to set up:
1. The unhappy child, Melodie on her class outing, who spots something nasty, causing her to scream;
2. Audrun and Aramon, a French brother and sister, who live in, and on, a big old family property. Aramon, lives in the big house, while his sister, Audrun, lives in a small bungalow on part of the land. Therein lies huge conflict, especially as Aramon wants to sell the house.
3. Anthony Verey, an unhappy and ageing London Antiques Dealer, wants to join his sister Veronica in France. But her partner Kitty is not happy with this idea.

One of these strands, does not come to light again till the end of the novel. And in retrospect, too much of it is made of, in the first chapter. If you can get beyond the first few chapters, the sub-plots become much more interesting. Tremain does lay down some hooks, and some intrigue, but it always seems predictable. It is important to remember that Trespass is not a who-done-it. It is a literary novel, which is about a journey into 'trespass' on many levels. What is actually driving these characters to do what they do, is the whole point... and it is always something in their past.

Tremain gives minimal detail of the background of these characters. But she tells enough to enable the reader to understand, rather than sympathise, or empathise.
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152 of 165 people found the following review helpful
By Ripple TOP 500 REVIEWER
A tale of siblings, territory and revenge set in the South of France, this is a dark tale and the reader is kept in suspense about the nature of the tragic events until late in the book. It's also about people's relationship to the land and outsiders trespassing on this and on each other's lives.

Set in the hills of Southern France, Trespass is a novel about sibling love and rivalry, disputed territory and ultimately revenge. In the French corner are Aramon Lunel, resident of the Mas Lunel, and his sister Audrun who lives in a cottage in the grounds. In the English corner are Veronica Verey, a garden designer, and her partner, an untalented watercolourist, Kitty. The catalyst that brings these together is the arrival in France of Anthony Verey, Veronica's brother whose exclusive antiques business in London is failing and who decides to follow his sister in finding a new life in France. Aramon is tempted to sell his family Mas by the lure of `foreign' money even if that means that his sister's house has to be destroyed to secure the deal.

Multi-award winning Rose Tremain is a fascinating novelist because each of her books is very different. If anything ties them together it is the approach of from unexpected angles and a focus on unglamorous outsiders. Trespass is no exception - it's full of outsiders and they are always not easy to love. In fact, apart from the poor little school girl, Mélodie, who is left screaming at a gruesome discovery at the end of the first chapter (which we don't find out about for another 200 pages), it's difficult to feel much empathy of affection for any of the cast of characters.

Of course in real life, the obvious course for an antiques dealer in need of cash would be to turn up on day time TV selling tat in various auction rooms.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A totally gripping read 5 Jan. 2011
By Lucy Felthouse VINE VOICE
I picked up Trespass mainly, I'll be honest, because the cover caught my eye, and on reading the blurb I was sold. As a fan of France, I thought it'd be an interesting read. I wasn't wrong.

The book tells the tale of several characters, but their stories become more and more interwoven as time goes on. A beautiful old house is also a huge feature in the novel. The Mas Lunel is an old farmhouse, way out in the country in southern France. Aramon Lunel lives there in squalor, whilst his sister lives in a tiny bungalow on the land. There's certainly no love lost between these siblings because of their violent and disturbing past.

Things change for the siblings when Aramon decides to put the house up for sale. Audrun is horrified, knowing that rightfully that house is half hers but that if her brother sells it, she'll be left homeless and penniless. The potential buyer, Anthony Verey, is a man wanting to spend his last years in France. He visits the house and is almost decided upon buying it until he sees Audrun's house on the property - putting a real blip in the landscape, figuratively and literally.

However, this visit has already set wheels in motion which cannot easily be stopped and by the end of the book, several lives have been changed forever...

This was a brilliant read. At the beginning you would never guess what is going to come to pass. With every chapter, a little more information is given away, but it's done in such a way that you plough on through the book, desperate to know what happens next. The vital clues are drip-fed, but it's so skilfully done that it's unlikely you'll guess the ending - as I've done so many times in other books.

A really gripping read.
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I found it took a while to get into, but then I was fascinated by Audrun's story and how she was going to get her revenge on her father and brother for the nightmare they had made... Read more
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