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4.0 out of 5 stars A multi-layered read, 11 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Hand Me Down World (Hardcover)
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Hand Me Down World is a fascinating story about one woman's journey in search of a future for herself and then for her child. It is told from a number of different perspectives so that the story unfolds a bit like an artichoke: you enjoy savouring a taste of each leaf and then you reach the heart. It underlines the known truth that everyone has their own perspective and interpretation of events: by the end of the novel you realise that all is not necessarily as it seems. The prose is quite matter of fact and staccato, reflecting the character of the woman we know as Ines, who is able to suspend her emotions and blank her mind to achieve her ultimate goals. There is an allusion late in the book to Asperger traits.

Some horrible things happen to Ines, but as she says herself in the novel, she meets more kindness than cruelty. It is difficult to say more without giving away some of the secrets that are gradually unpeeled in this novel. I really enjoyed it, and I will never see hotel staff in the same light again.... I now look forward to reading some of Lloyd Jones's previous novels.
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Initial post: 19 Oct 2012 04:36:39 BDT
Paul Hager says:
For me the comment about Asperger's points to the heart of this book. Many see Ines as a character they cannot warm to - but when we realise that she has Asperger's all is explained. Most of her behaviour that people find inexplicable is in fact classic Asperger's behaviour. This also sheds light on the book's title - Ines has handed down Asperger's (genetically) to her son.
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