Exquisite x 3
The story is wonderful, multi-layered, intriguing. But what's best is the writing and the observations on human nature and instinct. Completely on-target, relevant in today's world, profoundly insightful and sophisticated. I wanted to quote this book all the time.
I'd have to say Mr. Brooks and Rosamund were brilliantly captured as comic roles.
Of course, the hero, Dorothea. A thoroughly modern woman; intellectually and emotionally open and generous.
I resisted reading this all my life because it
Ian McEwan is a master; this short book was riveting and revelatory. If you've read him before you know that his depiction of the inner experience of women is astute and often astonishing. In the interview at the end (we're so lucky to have Audible!) he talks about limiting actual depicted conversation between the two main characters until the ultimate confrontation at the end. This is a fascinating narrative tool in the hands of an artist like McEwan. Next download: everything else by McEwan.
As a long-time fan of southern fiction, I'm ecstatic to have discovered Ellen Gilchrist. This collection is comprised mostly of stories about Rhoda Manning, a southern woman, daughter of a classic patriarch (Burt Lancaster, John Huston, you'd have been perfect for the role)who struggles to be loved, and carries that struggle through her childhood and adult life. I've learned that Gilchrist pulblished a novel length collection called Rhoda, with other stories of this character. In addition are a handful of other stories with topics as varied as a terrorist cell pursuing a bookstore owner, discovered by a nosy upper-east-side condo association president; to a young pair of lovers dealing with an unwanted pregnancy in the face of southern mores and parental ambitions. I've debated whether this writing is more character or plot driven; the wonderful reality is that the characters are beautifully and truthfully drawn, and the stories riveting and poignant. In addition, the reading is superlative. I've been to the library to pick up all the Ellen Gilchrist I can carry home, I only wish there was more on audio in her wonderful throaty voice. Enjoy.
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