Keepsake Paperback – 12 Jan 1998
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Returning again and again in dream and imagination to the closed rooms of childhood, a daughter gradually comes to an understanding of the terrible intimacy of families. Raised on her mother's dreams and stories of happiness with a father she never knew, she relives her mother's story.
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I never did discover any attribute to rave about. The central character (a young girl) was nameless, and the location (probably Portugal) vague. The girl reflects on the maternal influences on her life.
The narrator talks about the ‘weight, shape, colour and textures’ of her own memories’. But I found this an unfocused blur. A clever idea that didn’t work for me.
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I preferred Rain, Gunn's first novel. Rain was also a painful, but well-written read about an uncomfortable subject matter. I find her writing poetic and beautiful and yes, carthritic. An amzazing talent and two truly hypnotic novels: The Keepsake and Rain. Don't miss either novel from this extraordianaryly talented young muse.
Gunn's prose is beautiful, almost verging on poetry. While this style struck a perfect balance in her previous masterpiece, RAIN, it's well out of control here. She is deliberately vague throughout, and it's detrimental to the storytelling. She also tends to belabor scenes endlessly. When you read fifty pages, you should feel that the story has progressed in some fashion.
By the time the book reached its shocking, violent climax, I felt lost. Perhaps I didn't grasp what was truly happening -- like a dream, it feels only just out of reach.