Dark Places Paperback – 6 Sep 2002
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‘An eloquent, angry and humane novel. . . A very fine, albeit terrifying, writer’ Irish Times
‘A writer of extraordinary talent’ New York Times
Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2001See all Product Description
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Read this book and you'll start to understand how their desperately unhappy and empty minds work. How they get their thrills from setting you up and causing you hurt. See the world through the eyes of a man with no soul, no heart, so humanity.
The book is slow to get going but once Albion Gidley Singer reaches adulthood it is totally absorbing. The dark places of Mr Singer's mind are revealed slowly, thoroughly in their full horror.
A good book is one that changes you, so you are not the same person after you've read it as you were before. This book is a superb read if you seek to understand the reasons behind the insidious put-downs, the belittling, and the petty little cruelties that such people delight in.
As he comes from a very privileged Sydney family he is able to quickly gain power over many through inheriting his father's stationery company, but it is at home where his narcissistic and egomaniacal personality creates the greatest damage, especially where his daughter is concerned. Her initial delight in collecting as many facts as she can muster to impress her father equally delights Albion Gidley Singer, but when during puberty she attempts to follow her natural instincts then Albion Gidley Singer's controlling behaviour spirals out of control..........
Every word of the narrative is Singer's, but behind the beautiful prose Kate Grenville allows us to look deep into the slimy reservoirs of Singer's mind and shudder at the dangerous shallowness of this otherwise insignificant man. A brilliant and disturbing novel.
The protagonist I found vapid, unlikeable and unsympathetic - yet not in the hypnotic sense of a Raskolnikov - so it was hard to care much what happened to him or even to those around him; united in a kind of shared stupidity and grand apathy, all gaining something from him and reluctant to give it up, no matter how extreme and deliberately offensive his behaviour. It was not so much his apparent evil, howsoever justified, that intrigued me, but the passive compliance of the supporting cast. That was truly troubling. Was that the author's intention?Read more ›
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this is dark and worrying .it is sinister and foreboding ,the other side of weak men and stronger women a real page turner i enjoyed it ,a little different from her other novels .Published 1 month ago by Sjkirby
Read this before Lilly. Both great books but disturbing true even today. KenPublished on 21 July 2014 by Kenneth James Walker