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Beautifully restrained, brilliantly written,
This review is from: The Story of Lucy Gault (Paperback)
The Story of Lucy Gault, is the epitome of brilliant story-telling. It is beautifully restrained with Trevor holding control of his story like no other writer alive today. In turns, brooding and malevolent, and fragile and breezy, the story emershes you wholly in the life of the protagonist, Lucy Gault.
The story starts in Ireland in 1921. It is a time of troubles and the eight-year old Lucy and her family are being forced out of their idyllic home of Lahardane, their British ties no longer welcome and their lives threatened. Lucy does not want to go though and decides to intervene so that her parents will be forced to stay, if only for a little while longer. The tragedy that she unwittingly unleases resonates through the lives of everyone around her though, the ramifications rippling through all their lives, whether it be Lucy herself, Captain Gault and his doting wife, the housekeeper, Bridget and her husband; and even those that have been the initial catalyst to the whole sorry tale. And it is a sorry tale. As the years roll by and event follows event it is clear that these are all the result of a single action taken by a little girl. The realisation that we create our own destiny is played out in the most heart-wrenching manner. That's not to say that this is a depressing read. The language Trevor uses is succulent and tender, and the tiniest details he threads through the narrative enables the reader to succumb in entirety to Lucy's world. This in itself makes the final delicate pages all the more devastating.