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Living as outdiders in the centre of London,
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This review is from: Offshore (Paperback)
A story about a small community of outsiders living on decaying barges in the centre of London in the sixties. The sinking of one boat on the incoming tide leads to rearrangements in the relations between them. Just as one is beginning to identify strongly with Richard and Nenna and wish that they would get together the pace of events acceleretes again, currents drift them apart and tensions build up sharply. One can only hope that their ties are stronger than some of the mooring ropes, but the chances dont seem too good.
It is quite a short book,very carefully written. I read it too fast and arrived at the end regretting that I had not savoured it more. Some of the sentences are so exact yet surprising thet the demand a second read even though they are quite short. A very visual book, full of references to paintings as well as exact obesrvations of the behaviour of seagulls, cats, mud and the tides and currents of the Thames.