THIS WAS DISGUSTING.
After his wife's death, a man goes back to the seaside resort where his childhood friends drowned. BECAUSE THAT IS SO TOTALLY LOGICAL. There's a 'twist' that you can see coming miles down the road, like a big fucking articulated lorry. What is it with twins and Bookers?!
The main character, whose name I have mercifully forgotten, is the most hideous fictional character I've ever come across.
My daughter, a fastidious spinster - alas, I am convinced she will never marry
That is something I have always found with women, wait long enough and one will have one's way.
I would cruelly beat poor Pongo, for the hot, turmid pleasure I derived from its yelps of pain and supplicatory squirmings.
It was imperative that I save her from herself and her faults.
To give the book its due, it does give a reasonable account of the experience of a cancer patient.
A doctor must be as good an actor as a physician.
True ... but why is Dr 'Todd' an 'appropriate' name for an oncologist?
But she was not in pain, not yet; there was only what she described as a general sense of agitation, a sort of interior fizzing, as if her poor, baffled body were scrabbling about inside itself, desperately throwing up defences against an invader that had already scuttled in by a secret way, its shiny back pincers snapping.
Q: What is it about hospital rooms that makes them so seductive?
Previously, on Book Glomp 2010:
The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories, Anton Chekhov
I'll take you there, Joyce Carol Oates
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides ♥
The School for Husbands, Moliere
On Green Dolphin Street, Sebastian Faulks
The Famished Road, Ben Okri
Lord of the Flies, William Golding
Moby Dick, Herman Melville
A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell ♥
The Sea, the Sea, Irish Murdoch ♥
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman