Friday, September 25, 2009

The Little Stranger - post V

I'm not going to give away the ending to Little Stranger other than to say that even those who argue about the length and the pace cannot surely fail to agree that Waters manages to bring off emotions brilliantly. She works through the problems of love and rebuttal like a skilled dancer kicking back and performing a tango.

What does Faraday really want and who did he really love are the questions that stick with you longer perhaps than the identity of the little stranger. As the new council houses go up and former servant girls wait with their boyfriends at bus stops this is also describing a ghost of a former age. The post war victims of the loss of power and authority for the landed classes are dealt with here in an objective way that doesn't fall into thesympathy trap but neither condemns them.

A very good read but far too simplistic for me to back it as prize winner bearing in mind I've not read any of the other contenders. So with that in mind it's on to Wolf Hall...

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