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... book speaks so personally to you that it feels like the universe itself had a hand in brining it ...
on 17 November 2015
Sometimes a book speaks so personally to you that it feels like the universe itself had a hand in brining it into your life at the right time. The protagonist, Isobel, has pushed down a lot of unprocessed grief. This starts to leak out in her paintings, with disturbing images emerging in her expressive work. But it takes a distressing and almost spiritual encounter with a deer to make Isobel see she cannot repress the trauma any longer. Isobel's journey from self-denial to self-acceptance and self-expression really spoke to me. It made me realise that I too was a fish out of water. I was trying to live on land when my natural environment was the water. My compassion for Isobel allowed me to understand that allowing myself to live in my own natural environment was important and not something I should keep dismissing. The book feels quite special to me for that reason.
It's written in an almost dreamy way, as if the author was writing it in an alternative state of consciousness. Like a river, the story meanders across different landscapes, and the journey is the important thing, not the destination. This does mean there are some unexpected plot-points, which I note that a couple of other reviewers struggled with, but having read several of Vivienne Tuffnell's books now, I have come to love the lack of contrivance in her work. She never manipulates the reader towards a certain point, the story just goes where it needs to go.
Recommended, especially for overwhelmed parents and artistic types feeling squeezed and needing some understanding. I benefited from my time spent with Isobel in her slightly creepy cottage.