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It is Comyns' style, her original voice that is key to the enjoyment for me,
on 2 February 2016
‘The Vet’s Daughter’; ‘Our Spoons Came from Woolworths’ and ‘Sisters by a River’, were bought at the same time and are commented on together: Barbara Comyns has a quality that extends across all these novels, different as they are in storylines. And it is her style, her original voice that is key to the enjoyment for me, regardless of subject matter.
‘The Vet’s Daughter’ is described as gothic, with levitation featuring strongly in the blurb. Enough to have put me off buying this one on its own.
But, the ability of Comyns to combine convincingly, childlike perceptions with adult vocabulary (depending on the book, the character may be a child with a certain sophistication of thought – as in ‘Vet’s Daughter, or, as in ‘Our spoons came from Woolworth’s an adult, with a peculiar naivety) is something I’ve not come across before.
These books have been passed around friends and family and, it is fair to say, they were taken by surprise by Comyns’ individual style: also fair to say, if you trust in the author you are likely to thoroughly enjoy reading her. I do and will buy more by her.
No males with whom I share books, have yet picked any of these three books. It’s a shame; I would be interested in what they make of this style. (These three books each have a female, main protagonist