The Reconstructionist (Thorndike General) Paperback – Large Print, 1 Feb 2002
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About the Author
Josephine Hart is the acclaimed author of novels which include the bestselling Damage, made into a major film, and Sin, which will be filmed in 2001 by Metropolis. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The author dangles this past before the reader as she follows Jack in any number of involved consultations with patients and Kate in her latest romance. What happened in their childhoods is always just below the surface. Basically, it has been up to Jack to keep it all tamped down and keep his sister together, but, inevitably, something happens to blow the lid off of this careful suppression.
No doubt, the mysterious, unspeakable past keeps the reader's attention. Action is minimal; it is the complex dialogue and the psychological implications that are most interesting. Jack's imperious ex-mother-in-law Rose is an entertaining character, cutting through pretense. There is a certain sensuality to the book, but somewhat disappointingly, the stunning, elusive Kate recedes as the story progresses. The book's lengthy dialogue and reflection are not without some obscurity, but is not a major distraction.
This book is really wonderful in so many ways. The writing is honest, beautiful, and intricate, yet not ostentatious or pretentious. The story is very well thought out and the manner in which it unfolds is perfect. It is just so well-crafted (!) - throughout the story there are certain landmarks which as the story progresses begin to take on new meaning and importance.
The characters are believable and three-dimensional, they are human with strengths and weaknesses, hopes and desires and faults. Jack Harrington is very real and a wonderful narrator; the reader is able to trust him and like him, despite the fact that we are privy to his more negative or darker thoughts. Kate, his sister, seems like an elusive mystery, though her explanation is unraveled at the end. Rose, Jack's ex-mother-in-law, is a wonderfully humorous character whom you just wish was real so that you could actually sit down and have a conversation with her.
At the end of the book, if one reexamines the title it takes on more meanings than originally thought, which I really must commend Ms. Hart on; it is really thoughtful, yet extremely subtle.
Definitely recommend it - a wonderful book that is worth buying, not just getting from the library.
I felt she was excellent. 'Damage' is more concise reading, the characters are better described, but Ms. Hart still manages to maintain a distance from them. One wonders what will become of the main characters.
What I thought was fascinating is that She writes with the mind of a man..made me wonder whether it was a man who had actually written the text.