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Vivid and beautifully written, but...,
This review is from: Brixton Beach (Paperback)
This is an elegant, elegaic book which confidently straddles two very different worlds - Sri Lanka and Britain - and then shows how both can be torn apart by terrorism.
Roma Tearne writes like the artist she is, colourfully and evocatively, though just occasionally she overdoes it. The falling in love scenes towards the end of the book, for example, feel pretty schmaltzy.
The trouble is, as one or two other reviewers have said, many of her important characters just aren't likeable. Grandpa Bee and Janake are fine people, but you lose patience with her mother and father and even Alice sheds the feistiness she showed during her childhood when she arrives in England. So she would, you might argue, but honestly - she really wallows in her worlds apart-ness, despite having lived in the UK for 30-odd years. So much so that she drives her son away and when she meets Simon, it's quite hard to understand why he finds her so captivating.
Nevertheless, it's a very good read because Tearne really is a storyteller.