A well researched and beautiful novel,
This review is from: The Lighted Rooms (Paperback)
There are so many big themes in this book - what happens to your mind as you grow older, the Boer war and modern day 'terror' prisoners, how relationships within families can affect each other. I particularly related to the way the love between Joan's mother-in-law and daughter affected Joan - left out in the middle, doting on her son instead. I was astounded that a young, male writer could have understood this and communicated it so poignantly, but then I read about the years of research that went into this and the friendships formed with care home residents in the process and I realised just how much emotional effort it must have taken to write this book. It is surreal at times - in a good way! Though I can't say I'm looking forward to getting old myself, abandoning myself to my own imagination sounds a lot better than 'losing my marbles'.
For me, the book falls down near the end. It made me wonder whether the publishers hurried him along to finish it because it is so abrupt and unsatisfying - that's my main reason for deducting a star because apart from that I realy enjoyed it and will recommend it for my book club as there is so much to discuss.