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on 28 April 2012
This is a gentle story about a family's holiday in Bognor, observing in minute detail their everyday happenings. Hardly sounds a promising basis for a novel, does it........ and yet, this book is exquisitely written, beautifully observed and is touching throughout.
Each of the four older family members is brought face-to-face with recollections of (and reappraisals of) their lives: how the parents met and felt; the father's dashed hopes and missed opportunities; the mother's shyness and resignation to a humdrum life-even on holiday; the son's realisation that he had to break away from the dead-end job initiated by his father; and the daughter's first romantic experiences. All unwinding against the backdrop of "Seaview" and its landlady in distress.
The book conveys a sense of great intimacy, and, strangely, from time to time, I found myself reminded of the Updike Rabbit Angstrom quartet, written a generation later and set 3000 miles away!
I read this book in the Persephone re-print, the quality of which added to my enjoyment.