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The Geography of His Voice,
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This review is from: The Twin (Paperback)It was interesting to me to see how voice and place can be so melded in a narrative.
The spare almost aching prose seems to reflect the lace and the life of this frugal man, and yet it's also rather swollen...one can almost feel the 'water' in this place, under the surface. It's because of the terrible restraint that's actually so moving. I am reading it very very slowly to enjoy it. It feels like it could have come from no other place bu the Netherlands. It's a real achievement. Its made me think about language and geography and how one might well spring from the other. It's made me think about Shakespeare and Hardy and how they operate. It's made me think about the patchwork quilt of England and its gardens and what tha means to language when you have the resources we do working in English. or maybe I am just high on summer. Anyway, this is a beautiful book and I can't wait for his next one. For meticulousness married with patience and compassion, he's very much like William Trevor. Beautiful!