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on 28 March 2016
I love Margaret Drabble's novels and I thought I was in for a treat with this one, especially since it's subtitled 'A Late Romance' and there are so very few novels out there willing to let people over a certain age fall in love and find happiness. Alas, it didn't happen in here either, and I was really cross when, after plodding through a very, very, very slow and unengaging read with far too much, mind-numbingly dull information about fish in it, I got to the end only to find that there is no late romance to speak of. I don't care how famous or good a writer is, I expect them to play fair with the reader, and deliver what they promised with such a subtitle.
And, as the other negative reviews have said, there is a very annoying experiment carried out here, an irritating external voice which fancies itself as a kind of postmodernist meditation on the role of the writer, possibly the author telling us about the process of writing -- letting us see under the hood, as it were. This was definitely a bad move; it made the book even more irritating. I kept thinking, I wish this otherwise lovely, intelligent writer would just get on with it. 'The Sea Lady' could have been a good one. Sadly, it is not.