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What did I like so much about this book that simply delves into the lives of a handful of disparate people from a village in France, exploring the tensions between them? I think it's simply that beautiful writing can be absolutely riveting.
Each chapter gives us more of a particular character and advances the story overall infinitesimally. The humour is subtle; Pete thinks Aubrillac is 'so French', while the locals think it's lit up for the British. The local taxi driver hates the Brits for buying up all the property, yet you can't help but like Pete, smug and crass as he may be, for feeling so happy to be able to have his place in the sun that he doesn't want to spoil it by admitting he may be ill.
It's a similar book to the much-praised 'Swimming Home', but I much preferred this. Subtlety, beautiful writing, intriguing characters - a huge pleasure to read.