15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Short Story Master ill at ease with full length novel?, 22 April 2001
This is the third novel I've read By W T, and though I find his short stories breath-takingly good, I have to say that so far I don't think he can hack it over the longer distance.
Both works in this two-in-one deal with the very tragic lives of their female subjects, but while Trevors obvious literary gifts are clearly evident throughout, the subject matter lacks the kind of everyday credibility which makes many of the short stories so compelling.
This is demonstrated particularly well in My House in Umbria, where Trevor creates a menagerie of characters embroiled in an unlikely setting, and in the end seems not really to know what to do with it all - the result is a weak and rather inconclusive ending.
Having said this, I'm judging these efforts by Trevors own incredibly high standards, and I must say that if written by anyone else I'd probably have racked up the rating to at least 4 stars...
Its a great shame that this superb writer will probably never reach the wider audience he deserves, thanks to the relative niche market now addressed by his forte, the short story.