- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Jonathan Cape (1 Oct. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0224088939
- ISBN-13: 978-0224088930
- Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,340,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Singularity Paperback – 1 Oct 2009
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` Grimshaw's vivid descriptions of the scenery and animals of New Zealand are a joy' --Times Literary Supplement
A compelling and powerful new collection of stories from one of New Zealand's most gifted writersSee all Product description
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The social setting is also remarkably diverse, so we meet people on the edge of poverty who have difficulty making a living, and there seems to be a generalised sort of middle-class who have varying degrees of success, and a few very comfortably-off. Many of the characters stood out as memorable, and the storylines were well developed - for example, the story of a girl adopted by Simon and his wife Karen. They already have two children but Karen wants another. Theirs is a mixed race marriage but Simon is a doctor and they are well off. His feelings for the little girl they adopt change as he begins to appreciate her as an individual and his feelings for his jealous older daughter are made clear to her in a way that defies all the accepted conventions of sibling rivalry. Another story concerns a trek into the bush that goes wrong for a trio of youngsters, and this left my heart in my mouth for far too long for comfort; in another a young journalist behaves unethically when she is attracted to the brother of a man on trial for rape. This episode has a judiciously ironic ending.
These are absorbing, often wide-ranging and affecting stories about life in New Zealand and further afield. Because they are not consecutively organised, and because some stories don't link in as well or as quickly as others. there is, for me a little too much dislocation between me, the reader, and the novel as a whole.
Her sense of place is haunting, with what you can only think are first hand observations. The same goes for her character portrayal, each is individual, thinking and behaving differently, by reading each story you inhabit a different character, understanding events and decisions from their thought processes.
I hope by reading the first book Opportunity second, this sense of building personal insight into people,events and place wont be spoiled.