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`The words didn't come out as a story',
This review is from: By Battersea Bridge (Hardcover)
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Anita's excuses to Laurence are described as above, which I thought sadly summed up the whole book. Meandering miserably down memory lane, each chapter was a guessing game as to where we were along a torturous path; meeting at a terrifying crossroads or walking under dark shadows.
This faint, smudged sort of narration tasted of a present day Brookner. Bathed in a low-key miasma of melancholia, the reason for Anita's dislocation, `Some Sort of Accident' is revealed over half way through the book. Awful and guilt inducing as it is, her reaction is so deep and damaging as to make one feel the reviled, less openly affected characters of her parents are actually in the right. People do care for her, all around, when they have a moment to spare from their busy days for the Austenesque spinster. Living eternally on the edge of other's lives she has perpetually suffered from the `Two's company, Three's a Crowd' syndrome.
Dreamily drifting through days of introspection and pretence, I felt as though I were accompanying a weakened friend. Weddings come and go, so sharply described, you could be there, or not as was the case for one. That is the plus of the book, some exquisite observations and touching phrases.
Unfortunately the ending leaves you mid air, which might not matter if you are of a less tidy frame of mind but I felt it just stopped.
And where does 'Battersea Bridge ' come into it?