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A sad look at the lies people tell themselves,
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This review is from: The Weather In The Streets (VMC) (Paperback)
As another reviewer here has mentioned, we know from the start that there can be no happy ending to this story, and the fact that we already know the journey that the characters are to take, works brilliantly. Lehmann plays with the well-worn cliches of an affair between an independant-minded woman and her married lover, yet avoids writing in terms of cliches herself.
This is a haunting, beautifully-written and sensitive study of how we make choices that we know are wrong for us, and the inevitable disappointment that we are shoring up. And yet somehow this is a hopeful book too, with touches of comedy that lighten the atmosphere. Overall a sad book, that ought - but won't! - teach us something.