Recent Reading -
The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor. A short book, wonderfully written, about sad old times in Ireland. Some sentences I re-read from sheer enjoyment of the style, but the story line was elegiac and one knew from the general tone of the book that there would be no happy ending. It is almost unbelievable that Lucy’s parents accidentally left behind their runaway 9-year-old daughter, thinking her dead, but Trevor explains the coincidences and you do believe. All the same, I did keep wondering why the exiled father didn’t post a letter to the faithful retainers back in Ireland just to ask if they were OK. No one had any energy, or at least the right kind of energy – they just wasted their lives in guilt and regret. I'll probably read it again though.
Star Gazing by Linda Gillard. An imaginative, well-crafted love story. Widowed Marianne, the blind heroine, is tough and determined not to be pitied. The rugged creative hero from Skye describes the world to her, using musical sounds, and she is drawn to him, despite her determination to remain independent. It will be interesting to know what impression the audio book will make on a blind listener.
I found the jolly hockey-sticks style of Provincial Daughter by RM Dashwood annoying, especially her constant use of capital letters for Amusing Effect. Not as much fun as I expected. I do hope I wasn’t quite as boring as that when I was immersed in the world of small children. Perhaps that's too unkind. It was good in parts.
Added later: Now found out that Rosamund Dashwood ran marathons when she was over sixty-five. In fact, she was a famous veteran runner and far from a wimp.