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This book was probably a 3 or 3.5 until "a single act of absurd but devastating violence pricks their happy bubble and lays bare the emptiness at the core of their gilded lives." This act is so stupid and results in such dramatic events that I could hardly stop rolling my eyes to finish the book.
https://clavie.co/2020/03/19/bookclub...I really enjoyed this part of the novel “One final glimpse from the portal window, from the gangplank, or the railing. The separation always feels like forever. And the protest is always the same, ‘But I haven’t seen enough. I am not full up! I would like to have seen a little more of Paris. One more afternoon coffee on the St Andre de Arts. One more morning in the Musee Rodin.’ Or, ‘Another day in London is all I ask. If I were to get up early and have ju...
I finished this book a couple of days ago and have delayed writing a review because I really don't know what to make of it. I really want to like this book and in some parts I did. I didn't find any of the main characters particularly endearing, in fact the only character I liked was Theo, but he hardly featured. I couldn't fathom out Gordon or Annie but as the book drew on I felt it was building up to something quite dramatic and big. But it just fizzled out with me asking lots of whys? I'm lef...
Set in London and Venice at the end of the 20th century, we follow Gordon as a boy traveling with his art loving mother around Europe and then as a young married man on his honeymoon with his mother and her fiance along to the tension. The book promises a "act of absurd but devastating violence that lays bare the emptiness at the core of the gilded lives." At the very end, the mom, Maureen, stabs the young bride, Annie, with a fork in the tendons between her fingers. No emergency or hospital. Ju...
A strange brew...art appreciation, an unflagging description of Venice, a coming of age, emotional unpreparedness, mother & son entertwined. Beautifully, artfully, and quietly written, reminding me of an Ian Ms Ewan novel unfolding.
Big fan of Haythe’s script for A Cure for Wellness. This, his debut novel, was long listed for the Booker Prize back in ‘04. European cities, art, and great heartbreak. What’s not to love
I don't know.It was a boring book.
If you have ever fallen in love with travelling and you only can read one passage of this book then it should be this one:...One final glimpse from the portal window, from the gangplank, or the railing. The separation always feels like forever. And the protest is always the same, 'But I haven't seen enough. I am not full up! I would like to have seen a little more of Paris. One more afternoon coffee on the St Andre de Arts. One more morning in the Musee Rodin.' Or, 'Another day in London is all
Decided to read this as the honeymoon happens in Venice - and books on Venice always appeal.Throughout the book there is a strange sense of foreboding, enhanced by the fact that the author is recounting the events that lead to his failed marriage. I enjoyed some of the author's insights - and his descriptions of Venice.
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Random pick-up off the shelf at the library... enjoyed it for the surprising characters.