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Well worth reading,
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This review is from: Guppies for Tea (Paperback)
I had read and really liked 'Frozen music' and decided to continue with 'Guppies for tea'. It is a book well worth reading. Marika Cobbold knows how to sketch her characters;she really brings them to life in all their weaknesses and absurdities but she can also show us how courageous and selfless they can be. It is not light reading as it deals with what becomes of old people when their families can't be bothered with them anymore or when they become too much of a
burden and just have to be sent to homes where specialised staff look after them. She writes beautifully about their plight,the total loss of control they have over their lives, the guilt those who care for them have to face when they find themselves unable to cope.
Fortunately the author mixes enough comedy and black humour to make it a very enjoyable read in spite of its dark theme.
I really think those who will take the trouble of reading this book won't regret it!