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Quiet and thoughtful tale of a marriage - an American tale with Scottish grace notes
on 9 August 2017
Loved this quiet and thoughtful tale of a marriage.
It’s seen first of all from the point of view of the husband, Donald, a good man, an optometrist and a Scot, an expat living in Boston. He is in mourning for his father who has recently died, and in his quiet Scottish way pays concerned attention to his mother, his children, his blind colleague and friend, Jack, even his parrot.
Fatefully his wife, Viv, is a nebulous presence, whom he sees mainly as a puzzle, an annoyance. She has changed, she is no longer herself, and it’s all to do with the glorious horse whom she has become obsessed by - Mercury.
But then we turn to Viv’s point of view. The same events are told again and it’s an entirely different tale.
Finally Donald is confronted with a dilemma, knowing that whoever route he takes he cant win.
It’s wonderful story, quietly gripping, and I loved the Scottish grace notes to this American story.