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Stays in the mind,
This review is from: The Tortoise And The Hare (VMC) (Paperback)
This is a novel that keeps working long after reading the final page. I keep going back to it. Who is the tortoise and who the hare? How much is Imogen the author of her own misery? Does Blanche deserve to get her man? Can Evelyn really be as awful as he seems to modern sensibilities? Who is at fault for Gavin's lack of feeling towards his mother? There is so much charm in the descriptions of the countryside, trips to London and the ordered way of life that Imogen stands to lose. This edition has an interesting introduction by Hilary Mantel and an excellent afterword. The negative aspects for me were the portray of Tim's family which I felt was supposed to be comic, but I couldn't find their casual child neglect comic and also the ending, which without giving the plot away I found unsettling and slightly disturbing.