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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Soundings
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 Jan. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AYHNK10
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Top Customer Reviews
It's a serious, thoughtful book with many comic insights and a marvellous tightness and precision to her prose. She has a sharp eye for detail and there's a 'poetic' vividness to much of her writing which can be savoured for its rightness and originality.
This is a seriously good, satisfying, enjoyable read with a subtly developed narrative force - and best read in a few days with some concentration rather than bittily.
Mavis's story gradually unfolds, moving between her childhood as a war time evacuee, living with an aunt in Devon and her return there as an adult. She carries a terrible secret that is challenged by the arrival of a single mother and her young son, Archie. Mavis's love for the boy is as touching as any more conventional love story, and the book wonderfully conveys the human yearning for love and acceptance.
Feavers language is fiercely poetic and original. Many images linger in my mind.She describes the end of a labour 'The crown of the baby's head was round as an eyeball, tight in its socket, but Joyce was there the moment it breached the muscle, popped out-as if for one terrible second it wasn't meant to-and behind it, a slimy rush of squid-like limbs.'
Jane Feaver is a great writer who deserves every recognition.
Surprisingly (for me at least), I read through it in no time. Feaver's style is fluid and carries you along at effortless pace; her story enchanting and occasionally bleak, but never boring.
She was also an amazingly lovely person!
In the present day, Mavis now in her seventies, finds her settled, orderly life is somewhat disrupted by the arrival of single mother, Eve, and her young son, Archie. Mavis soon discovers that Eve is the daughter of Beatrice, a very attractive young woman with whom Mavis was acquainted many years ago. When Eve begins to question Mavis about her mother, who is now no longer alive, Mavis finds herself confronting upsetting events from the past, events which she has tried, until now, to avoid examining too closely. But will Mavis, now she is travelling towards the end of her life, be able to face her painful memories and finally lay them to rest?
Lyrical, beautifully written and composed with perception and sensitivity, Jane Feaver's third book is a quiet and intimate meditation on the inner lives of the inhabitants of a rural community.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
During the reading of this book i moved from loving it to being irritated by it, to finally liking it.
The prose is beautiful. Relationships are wonderfully observed. Read more
This was painfully, glacially slow. The author writes good prose, with some fine descriptive passages, but the prefiguring of some earth shaking revelation about the past is... Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2014 by Curmudgeon
When we first meet her, Mavis Gaunt is living the life of a lonely spinster in a small house in rural Devon. Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2012 by Denise4891