Top positive review
on 4 October 2017
One thing that struck me about the main characters, Angela and Edward was how lonely they each were in their own worlds with no apparent circle of acquaintances or friends, and definitely no such thing as a personal confidente to share their thoughts and ideas with. Edward is turned in on himself to the extent that he sounds as if half alive, his only social outlet being his meals out with his mother. Of course he has a job in a library, a dull job for a man who sounds intelligent. It is hardly surprising that he becomes attached to Angela once he gets over the shock that she wants to employ him as an artist's model. The mutual nudity leads to the inevitable. He falls in love. The story stops here in one sense. He leaves his lodgings and moves on to a place of his own which he could surely have managed earlier. His frail mother passes away and he and Angela sort out her effects. His friendship with Angela is now on an even and equal plane except that she is not so blinded by either love or infatuation that she will ever fall in love with him, twenty-two to his forty-nine. I think she found his deformity interesting to draw despite a moment when she found it "repulsive". They have moved past this by the end of the book. What comes next is left to the imagination. I don't think that the book needed a different kind of ending although it finished a bit like a short story is allowed to finish on a snippet from life. The characters were all sympathetic in their ways. Edward's mother, Rachel, had enough "Get up and go" to have a life, unlike her son The complication of the randy uncle and Angela in a sexual relationship, which does not go unnoticed by Edward when he was a boy, has blighted his life to some extent as it has affected his feelings for her. His late awakening, thanks to his artist friend, makes it easy at last to forgive her. Something had closure but we can only speculate on what happens next to The artist and Edward, separately or together. I enjoyed this book. It kept me engaged all the way through and despite what I say about the ending, I did feel sorry when it finished.