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An elegant but not easy novel to read,
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This review is from: Scissors, Paper, Stone (Paperback)
When a car accident places Charles in a coma, his wife Anne and daughter Charlotte are left to examine their relationships and the events that have led them to that point.
Initially, though the prose was elegant, this did strike me as a kitchen sink drama. There is an awful lot of analogy used in consecutive sentences but as they are all very original, useful analogies it is not too distracting. The tense conversations could be a little wearing but could be excused due to the unraveling back-story. Many of the situations seemed so familiar that it was almost clichéd but that is always a risk when you are reading something that is an realistic portrayal of a normal life. Anne was a very difficult character to sympathise with and I was a little disappointed with one moment right at the end of the novel, which seemed to throw a token explanation out as to why Charles behaved the way he did. These points aside, it is Charlotte's emotional turmoil that made this novel something else, the description of her conflicted feelings and how she tries to cope felt painfully accurate. Overall, it was sometimes a difficult novel to read but there was a lot to admire in it's execution, language and delicacy.