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This review is from: The Pure Gold Baby (Hardcover)
As a first draft for a novel this would make a starting point for a writer as talented as Margaret Drabble. As it is the characters in the book are thinly drawn by a narrator who is herself unobservant, self-satisfied, and far too interested in telling us facts about anthropology or David Livingstone or Marcel Proust that are readily available in Wikipedia - as she says at the end 'I shouldn't have written any of this' . After 100 pages I was waiting for the twist in the plot that revealed something interesting about either the narrator or the characters but it never happened and the whole book becomes like a wander through North London on a wet day accompanied by a boring resident insisting on telling you mundane facts about her friends.