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Confused concept, muddled execution,
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This review is from: The Country Life (Paperback)
This is pretty disappointing from Rachel Cusk. Her later novel, "The Temporary" is one of my favourite books but this is a missed opportunity. It tries to satirise a city-dweller having a midlife crisis by moving to the country but it just doesn't work. Despite being an intellectual high flier the central character of Stella seems to be struck down with dyspraxia as soon as she leaves Notting Hill and too many open goals are ignored (if you are going to write about the country at least put the boot into the Morris dancers!). Too many of the characters have back-stories which are hinted at but not explored and the open-ending may have worked better in a literary novel tackling deeper issues (such as Ishiguro's "Never let Me Go") but here it just seems like the author gave up.