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Beautiful, sad, troubling, and subtle.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Offshore (Flamingo) (Paperback)
This book is a tiny little jewel, so tiny, in fact, that some of its facets are obscure.
I truly enjoyed the book, but felt that it was either the last half of a very sad story, or the middle third of a happy one. We are thrust in almost expected to know the characters already. As though Ms. Fitzgerald decided to write a book so short there was no time to develope them. The result is not bad characters, but enigmatic ones.
Additionally, I was disturbed by how sentient Tilda, a six year old, was. She had the childlike attitude appropriate to her age, but prescience of an elderly woman.
Finally, there are passages and implications that are so subtle that the reader is left wondering what actually happened. The back jacket calls a character a male prostitute. The only evidence in the book of this is another character telling Tilda "I could tell you what he does for a living...it's awful." or something similar. I don't necessarily get prostitute from that.
So I feel like I missed the first half of the book, when all this was explained. No regret that I read it though, and I'll read more fitzgerald.
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Initial post: 7 Dec 2009 20:33:28 GMT
Mandy Voisey says:
Maurice's profession is stated in less oblique terms right at the start of the book ...pg 5 " His occupation, which was that of picking up men in a neighbouring public house, with which he had a working arrangement, during the evening hours, and bringing them back to the boat, was not particularly profitable" It is still not thrown down on the table like a challenge but it is there and it is only as your mind works through theimplications of what you have jsut read that the power of the statement hits you.... very clever writing, but it needs added concentration for with so few words, a molment's slip and a whole bucketful of meaning is thrown out!
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