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THERE AND BACK AGAIN,
This review is from: By Battersea Bridge (Hardcover)
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All around, signs of uprooting the past and new development. So it is with Anita Mostyn, adjusting after family tragedy and her own mental illness.
At first there is much to intrigue - she the gauche sister of Barney and Mark, those two the apples of mother Veronica's eye. Characters and settings are nailed with elegant precision and there are chuckles - as with Anita's conviction her eventual tombstone will contain, in Latin, FAILED COMMON ENTRANCE.
Gradually, though, some may find the meandering narrative a distraction, its chronology unnecessarily confusing. Also irritating is being drip-fed details of how a certain death occurred.
Briefly in Bulgaria but mainly by Battersea Bridge, the story has a certain charm. Some may find it too inconsequential, the people depicted hard to care about. Ironically it was a very minor one who, for me, made some impact - old neighbour Ivor with his heartfelt "I hate nowadays".
Clearly a novel that will divide opinion - manna from heaven for the book groups.