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Understand a little more, condemn a little less,
This review is from: The Hill Bachelors (Paperback)
These economical stories are often as much about what isn't said as about what happens or is spoken between the protagonists. Whether he is writing about simple country folk (simple in the old sense, that is), or metropolitan elites, he imputes a depth of feeling and sensitivity that seems to effortlessly chime in with people's views of themselves and each other. It is a quality of deep respect for humanity and as such it endows his writing with a deep sense of meaning. You won't catch William Trevor relying on stereotypes for even the smallest of walk-on parts in his dramas of the modern soul.
I say modern, for his stories here are as likely to be set in London, Wales or France, as the backwaters of neglected corners of Ireland which is his usual geographical milieu. They depict what is essential and eternal about good people and they often convey unease about people who may not be so good, while viewing their frailties or transgressions with an understanding eye. He exemplifies the opposite of what John Major so cynically advised, as his writing allows us to understand a little more and condemn a little less.