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Certainly a "classic",
This review is from: Moon Tiger (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Penelope Lively's characters live up to their creator's name - instantly recognisable as living people. The form of this novel is of flashbacks by an old woman as she lies dying in a comfortable single room in a hospital/nursing home. The book closes with her death.
Most of the events are recounted to the reader by her, and she includes her remembered feelings about the people in them, but then we get the same encounter told by, for instance, her daughter; they have never been close. During the war the heroine, Claudia, was in Egypt and I now feel the need to re-read Olivia Manning's description of those battles which were once described to me [by someone who had fought in them] as the most vivid he knew.
A book that leads you to read/re-read other books is, to me, a winner.