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A stylish latter-day EM Forster,
This review is from: The Memory of Lost Senses (Paperback)
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With its pre-WW1, late Edwardian golden age setting, including locations in Paris and Rome, and its examinations of English upper middle class society values, it's difficult not to see this as re-examination of themes in works such as A Room with a View, but seen through a more modern feminist lens. It is however very deftly and subtly done, as the author does not make her points too heavily or clumsily, and allows the reader to compare and contrast the differing women involved and their attitudes to love and romance. There is a degree of mystery to the plot, in relation to the earlier life of the elder main character, and about what is known to her spinster friend about it all, but that is not the main crux of the book, nor the main pleasure in reading it. I was not entirely convinced by some aspects of the plotting, but that is minor criticism. I would recommend this to readers with a fondness for earlier authors whose fiction is placed in that period, such as Henry James or Edith Wharton; although she is not deliberately imitating their writing style, she is covering some of the same psychological and emotional as well as historical territory, and does it well.