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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: AudioGO Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 5 Oct. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005SSTXLG
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It is the character of Rose which makes this novel so compelling: uneducated, childlike, and with a traumatic past, she has an effect (for good or for bad) on everyone she meets, somehow managing to be present at any number of dramatic, even history-defining, events. Rose is a destabilizing presence, for example when her ingenuous (or disingenuous?) comments derail conversations between Harold and his liberal friends, and the reader is never quite sure what she will do next.
I was apprehensive about this book as Beryl Bainbridge died during its writing, leaving it unfinished. However, although I would love to know what Bainbridge would have done with the novel had she lived, this is still an enjoyable, well-written, and haunting book in its own right. I closed the book feeling sad that this is the last work from such a talented and distinctive writer.
The ending may not be completely finished as the author would have intended, but this does not matter. Bainbridge specialised in ambiguities and, of course, many of her novels told stories where the ending was already known, as, indeeed, does this. What you are left with is a beautifully written but utterly idiosyncratic novel that reminds you how much Beryl Bainbridge will be missed.
Like other reviewers I did not entirely take to the central characters Rose and Harold, although the shambolic Rose elicits sympathy.
But the book has a strange magnetic quality as the two totally different protagonists journey across America. They are both in search of the elusive Dr Wheeler for reasons not totally explained and their coming together is slightly unconvincing. However I found the book strong on conveying the atmosphere of sixties America with the background of race riots and the Vietnam war. It was also good at describing the seedy motels and the odd bohemian characters that Harold and Rose encounter.
Having read some of the author's other books which were brilliant, this book comes as something of a disappointment. Yet if not judged by that high standard it is still a considerable achievement from a writer right at the end of her creative life.
I feel this one should have been shelved or given to someone to finish properly.
Those of you who have given poor reviews please don't give up on Beryl. Give "Everyman for himself" "the bottle factory outing" or young adolf" a go.