©1977 Beryl Bainbridge. All rights reserved.; (P)2001 Chivers Audio Books
The narration and characters were terrific; missed 5 stars as the plot dragged a bit near the end, but definitely recommended!
It is hilariously funny and yet convincing about the tiny perceptions of everyday people, and even quite dreadful people are endearing. At first I didn't think I would like the very middle class British people and their matter of fact irritations, but it got to be utterly gripping. And then I couldn't believe I had the whole book, when it suddenly ended. I wonder if Ian McEwan was thinking of this when he wrote Saturday? Bainbridge really convinces you of what it might be like to have your world crack open--you might not get another chance--and yet to worry about your weight or your smell or what people think of your dirty house. Say no more.
Oh yes. Timothy West is the best audio reader I know. I'm going to read more Bainbridge.
He's so good with accents and tones of voice. I love how he makes Edward sound when he's being "head boy."
Binny. Stroke of genius, her trip to the shops, thinking she's going crazy. Her worries about her children, spot on.
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