21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Unexpected ending from a writer of great force and charm,
This review is from: Mr Golightly's Holiday (Paperback)
I agree with the previous reviewer. I regard myself as quite a close reader, but I didn't get the ending till it came upon me. It made me go back and re-read, with a great deal more amusement and enjoyment.
As with other Amazon reviewers, I am new to Salley Vickers and yet when I mention this book, and writer, to friends they nod wisely and say 'Oh yes' as if she's an 'in' secret. I can see why. She's very subtle and not at all in your face but she stays in the mind, like a good and wise friend's advice, discreet and cheering and making sense of the world in an unforced and unsentimental yet optimistic way. This is very unusal in today's cultural climate, which is either romantic, in the wrong way , or deeply pessimistic.
I have now read her other novels and would say the same of them. She writes beautifully, too. Elegant and clear but poetic and haunting. I can't wait for her new one, 'The Other Side of You', which I think must be a quote from Eliot's Four Quartets. A very intriguing title from a very intriguing author. Incidentally, it is impossible to 'place' her, other than to say she is very cultivated while being also very modern and witty.