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  • By Allan Graham
    Apr 12, 2011
    This is an excellent debut novel. Lydia Unsworth uses all the tools of her trade to paint a picture with her poetic and often poignant use of the English language. Don’t expect a Constable or a Turner but look into the canvas of a Dali or a Picasso. The thought and depth of meaning of the words that have gone into this novel is astounding. It is a novel that you can read over and over again and every time you will discover another gem of a phrase from Lydia Unsworth. The way Lydia Unsworth describes Dursan’s emotions on the death of her father will stay with me forever. It is a beautiful piece of literature.
  • By djadotashmanatgooglemaildotcom
    Feb 7, 2011
    Lydia Unsworth's debut novel is a compelling and voyeuristic journey in to the internal lives of four disparate characters, geographically miles apart, but sharing the same few days at the End of March. In a flat somewhere in eastern Europe we listen to Sergei's thoughts and watch his gradual disintegration as he sits by an open window and fingers an A5 postcard that condemns him to isolation and offers him the home of escape. A thousand miles away Harriet daydreams through the routines of lipstick at the end of her life and her own isolation. Somewhere in the city, Durstan, full of life and expectancy and control embraces her own isolation and celebrates it as the first necessary steps on the ladder that will chart her own success, made of her herself, for herself. And perfectly isolated, outside of all these three, number four, the unnamed narrator, watches, remembers painting narrow boats, and acts as our most uncertain guide. This remarkable debut is reminiscent of Camus, Woolf... More > and Thomas, the internal dialogues and streams of consciousness expressed in the most seductive and sensual language that smothers us in the thoughts and lives of these characters. Unsworth mercilessly shows her characters and her readers the sheer terror of day to day existence, takes them and us to the end of despair and yet, at the end, salvages something hopeful from this human condition. And all this is told in a language that is rich, succulent, suctcint and expressive. This is a book where you want to write down every other sentence to savour it for another day. Readers who seek meaning and satisfaction through the quick moving actions and plots of heros and heroinese will be disappointed with this novel. Those who realise that great meaning and wisdom lie within the most simple thoughts and everyday choices and the decisions of everyday folk will indulge themselves in this tale, and be amply rewarded. Highly recommended.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781445798035
Published
December 10, 2011
Language
English
Pages
199
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.78 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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