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The Sweet Shop Owner Kindle Edition
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|Length: 272 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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Swift is quoted as saying: "I think if you know that you have a talent, then . . . you should try not to dissipate it. You should try to hold onto it and keep it, concentrate it - not to do as the whole world tends to do these days, and diversify. Diversification doesn't work with art. Keep the old firm in business, don't go into other fields of trade." Although there are some who believe that his later work reveals a talent as a dramatist, may the "old firm" of novel writing thrive well into the future.
Briefly it is the story of a couple from different backgrounds who meet in the interwar years, marry (despite opposition) and live their lives according to an unwritten agreement. She is wealthy and sets him up as a sweet shop owner; he is from more humble origins and worships her, and is happy to fulfil his side of the bargain. She has, however, had a devastating experience in her past and the third character in this novel is a constant reminder of that past. The unseen character, their daughter Dorry, is the casualty in all this and it is her story that we never really get to hear or understand. We have to draw our own conclusions from the unhappy ending. Perhaps Swift is trying to show us the failure of that generaton (his parents' generation?) to show love to their children even when deeply felt.
There are some beautifully observed descriptions of the minutiae of daily life, the petty jealousies of the workplace, the comforting routine of the working day, but overall it is a sad picture that Swift paints of lives wasted, not lived to the full.
I shall be interested to read other works by this author to see how he has evolved into the prize-winning writer he now is.
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I really tried to like this book. However, no matter how much I tried I grew gradually more and more frustrated with the pace and mind numbing nothingness of the plot. Read morePublished 20 months ago by East Stander
I was very much impressed by this novel. It shows the consequences of regarding marriage as a bargain, and not only that, living marriage as a bargain. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2008 by Anna D