The Swimming Pool Season Paperback – 1 May 2003
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"A love story in the very best sense of the phrase...a very good novel as well as an enjoyable one" (Literary Review)
"A tense and steamy narrative" (Times Literary Supplement)
"A patchwork of pain and longing stitched into a satisfying pattern by Rose Tremain's humour and depth of sympathy" (Mail on Sunday)
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Both locations, populated with a variety of interesting at times outrageous characters, are linked by the main characters; Larry and his wife Miriam. Their relationship is, not for the first time, strained. She takes off to nurse her sick mother in Oxford and he throws himself into the task of building a swimming pool in Pomerac. Perhaps this venture can prove his worth and re-establish his failed business and shakey marriage.
There are plenty of side plots and relationships which keep the reader's interest. There is humor often using the Polish Nadia with her disastrous attempts at English to this end, but behind her comic facade lies sad guilt. It is an old device to have a foreigner speaking funny for comic effect, but when done well, as is the case here, it works and works well.
I have yet to be disappointed by Rose Tremain [see my reports on Sacred Country and The Colour]. I look forward to reading more by her and without reserve recommend this work .
My only complaint is that Tremain provides a comic touch in this novel by using the truly outdated stereotype of the 'foreigner': a Polish character who talks about herself using the third person and makes ridiculous over emotional scenes which would only be credible in a comic book. Truly irritating.
Otherwise, I would recommend this book to people who'd like to have something light to read at the beach.
And she can be both humorous and break your heart, sometimes on the turn of a phrase. Fine, fine writer.
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The book arrived safely, eventually and it was in hgood condition, thank youPublished 22 months ago by Louise Fountaine
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