Time To Dance Paperback – 1 Jan 1993
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The narrative of the obsession is told with great verve and conviction, from the first fortuitous encounter...to the open-ended conclusion (Penelope Lively, Evening Standard)
Vibrantly erotic...brave and searingly honest..compulsively gripping (Graham Lord, Sunday Times)
It is a sexy book. It is a romantic book. Its heart is the dream of great passion (Philippa Gregory, The Sunday Times)
The key to the success of the book is its simplicity and unpretentiousness...makes convincing the disorderly and unreasoning passion of the orderly and reasoning man (Rose Tremain, Listener)
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'A Time To Dance' chronicles the love affair in 1989 England between a retired 54 year old bank manager (of whom we never know his name) and 18 year old school-leaver Bernadette Kennedy who is from the 'wrong side of the tracks' socially. The book itself takes the form of a letter from the bank manager to Bernadette after the ending of their affair, chronicling their affair from beginning to end. Despite the fact that the bank manager is married, with an invalid wife, the affair itself is not presented as a cheap, sordid affair, purely based on sex. Rather, the affair is seen through the eyes of the bank manager who has obviously come to a crossroads in his life with retirement and stuck in a rut of his own making. Nowhere in the book at any stage is it suggested that the bank manager has consciously set out to seduce a younger woman. Rather than following the crude, disturbing path of 'Lolita', the book is an evocative description of the healing power of love and of how age ceases to be an issue when two people are drawn to each other by love.
Set in the beauty of the Cumbrian countryside, one cannot help but be moved by the beauty of the book as Melvyn Bragg thoroughly explores the lives of the book's characters, what led them to falling in love and the lives of those close to them who are affected by their love affair. The use of the bank manager as the book's narrator adds an excellent dose of realism to the book as the bank manager experiences the ecstasy and the pain of erotic love. Once read, this book will never be forgotten.
I write this review with the encouragement of my wonderful (and younger) partner, Amelia.
This is, i believe Melvyn Bragg at his best.
The last 100 pages were very moving, and somehow put the whole story into perspective. The bank manager, as thats how we know him, annoyed me with his self pitying, and his ability never to learn from his previous mistakes, but then thats what novel writing is all about to draw you into the narrative.
I felt Melvyn Bragg laboured sopme of the points, but he wrote evocatively of the Lake District, and I suppose how a 54 year old might feel about being besotted by a 18 year old.
A good read, that once into was difficult to put down.
This story tells of a love we hope will come our way, sometime in our life, but very rarely does. And for those who have yet to find such a love, it will reveal the depth of emotion you have yet to experience.
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I first read this book on it's publication back in 1990 and bought it again out of curiosity to find out if I remembered correctly. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jessica
I purchased this book in paperback when it first came out, and watched the TV drama. Got it again to see if it still held the same drama, and was glad to add to the collection.Published on 18 Dec. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Once again (yawn) we have a story of a respectable, middle-aged man besotted by a brilliant school-leaver. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2010 by Myra Ferrieux
I read this book not knowing what to expect, and was blown away by a sensual and erotic novel which will stay with me long after reading. Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2009 by Heidi
I'm afraid I disagree with the other reviewers! I found this book incredibly laboured, over-written and ponderous. Read morePublished on 19 July 2007 by jenny wren