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Ery endWilliam Trevor is the chilling of the two because his characters feel real My familiarity with this Irish writer is through his short stories many of which are magnificent character studies With Trevor you can assume nothing anything is possible even though the world in which it happens will be impossibly ordinaryHe writes beautifully His narrative style is careful and measured on the traditional side in a good way He ikes the present tense and he uses it unobtrusively to bring you uncomfortably close to the actionWe have two main characters in this novel Mr Hilditch the English catering manager and Felicia the run away pregnant Irish girl Both are victims though Hilditch is also a predator Trevor s description of them is meticulous He ays down small details beautifully and nothing is accidental Here is Hilditch The private ife of Mr Hilditch is on the one hand ordinary and expected on the other secretive To his colleagues at the factory he appears to be in essence as jovial and agreeable as his exterior intimates His bulk suggests a man careless of his own ongevity his smiling presence indicates an extrovert philosophy But Mr Hilditch in his Crown of Stars (Crown of Stars, lone moments is often brought closer to other darker aspects of the depths thatie within him When a smile no onger matters he can be a melancholy man What a beautiful final sentence that is When a smile no onger matters The best words in the best order it is surely than just proseThe sinister side of Mr H is there from the start Then there s the innocent seventeen year old ironically named Felicia who runs away to find her boyfriend Johnny Lysaght He eft without a forwarding address and she is carrying his child When Mr Hilditch gives her directions he recognises her type immediately She is ost and she is This Forsaken Earth looking for someone carrying her whole world in two carrier bags He follows her She is indeed alone Names of other girls start to trickle through his mind What happened to them We don t know though we are already uneasy The first seriously sinister reference is in chapter 7 The frisson of excitement that has been with him all day is charged with a greater surge now that he has spoken to the Irish girl again never before has there been a girl as close to home as this one a girl who actually approached him on the works premises Elsie Covington cropped up in Uttoxeter Beth in Wolverhampton Gaye in Market Drayton Sharon was Wigston Jekki Walsall All of themike the Irish girl came from further afield and were heading elsewhere anywhere in most cases You make the rule about not soiling your own doorstep not shopping The Summer Palace: A Captive Prince Short Story (Captive Prince Short Stories Book 2) locally as the saying goes you go toengths to keep the rule in place but this time the thing just happened Fruit falling from a tree you haven t even shaken something meant it feels ike And perhaps to do with being approached rather than the other way round Mr Hilditch senses a promise this time the relationship is destined to be special Meanwhile we empathise with Felicia s thinking as her circumstances get worse and worse Hilditch while pretending to be kind steals her money so that she will be vulnerable but she doesn t know this She starts off in cheap bed and breakfast places but is soon sleeping rough We know he is out to get her We know it is only a matter of time before she will enter his house desperate for any form of shelter Her mental pain gets worse Soon it is physical pain when he persuades her to have a ate abortion at his expenseHe is a serial killer isn t he That s certainly what we assume And the fascination is Campfire like watching a cat playing with a mouse The cat has practised this many times The mouse is doomed But what kind of serial killer weepsike this Tears flow from Mr Hilditch becoming rivulets in the flesh of his cheeks and his chin dripping on to his neck dampening his shirt and his waistcoat His sobbing becomes a moaning in the room a sound as from an animal suffering beyond endurance distraught and piteous It is a very sad novel He is of course a killer but not uite ike you think Nothing ends up uite ike you think as the novel builds in momentum and sweeps you along with itIt is powerful writing If there is a weakness it is that too much of the explanation for Hilditch s motivation is Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars left to the final chapters In fact perhaps there is simply too much explanation period I am reminded of some of Trevor s short stories Miss Efoss is one Miss Smith is another where characters behave in bizarre and even cruel ways but the explanation is withheld We know there are explanations that is always clear because of the way ateast one character is fully dissected But sometimes the beauty of the thing is to Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life leave the reader puzzling trying to assemble the cluesI m tempted to think the novel form has made this short story writer feel he has to tie up of the ends say suggestess and as a result this narrative is not uite as fine as some of his short prose fiction not as shockingly unusual It is an excellent novel though It will stay with me Deliberate precise and suffused with dread this novel explores the Crazy Love lies we all tell ourselves and each other and how much we re willing to do in the name of our shabbyittle fantasies One of the few modern fictions that I iked despite having not a single character I could relate to Two reasons 1 the writing is uniue Trevor uses parallel narrations covering the ives of the two main characters and also a ot of flashbacks for both without confusing the reader It is ike presenting two ives each covering both their current and past in one concise and clear go and 2 both characters are multi dimensional al Wow this was a slow burner Trevor has an implacably deliberate sense of pacing and an instinct for telling detail that can make a barely 120 page novel seem bigger on the inside We are slowly given a vivid picture of a naive young Irish girl who has run away to Britain to find the boyfriend who has made her pregnant and of Mr Hildick a middle aged catering manager Britain to find the boyfriend who has made her pregnant and of Mr Hildick a middle aged catering manager a factory Hildick befriends the girl offers her help but he is not what he seems he has befriended young girls in trouble before But his entanglement with Felicia seems to go further than any previous attachmentTrevor gradually builds a gripping horrifying portrayal of a wounded monstrous beast and his intended victim Nothing is spelled out in monstrous beast and his intended victim Nothing is spelled out in detail instead we are given a selection of ittle details that cumulatively Black Heart, Red Ruby let us build up the full picture or a version of it Most intriguing of all is Felicia herself who seems to somehow find release and a measure of the felicity her name evokes in a footloose uncertain existence but ateast one whose broad outlines she has become familiar with Marked for victimhoodshe has managed to subtly turn the tables but not without cost to herselfEually fascinating is the religious cult that weaves in and out of these pages and the woman who serves as their door to door tout There are several other fascinating ittle side ights pinpointed for a moment or two in brilliant illumination before fading back into the textures of this intricately patterned and uietly devastating novel. A story that will magnetize fans of Alfred Hitchcock and Ruth Rendell even as it resonates with William Trevor's own impeccable strength and piercing profundity The Washington Post Book World. Her mourning is to wonder25The storyline immediately catches the eye a teenage Irish girl abandons her family New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood leaves her hometown and crosses over to England to find the elusiveover who impregnated her during a brief encounter they had had at home In England without knowing the whereabouts of the man and all by herself she falls prey to one Mr Hilditch a middle aged predator with a dark past who maintains a respectable social profile This then becomes the story of her Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey loss and survivalBut we have heard all that before Many times over Knowing William Trevor s reputation I prepared myself to be awed at the new way of doing the old topic but unfortunately my desire to enjoy and appreciate this novel was not fulfilled The writing is good at timesyrical and evocative brooding and haunting but for the most part very ordinary and run of the mill The character of Felicia is underdeveloped She is na ve innocent trusting yet sensible enough to smell danger when things begin to turn Nothing can be said of her It s thinly drawn and two dimensional almost a stereotype of a small town young Irish female and feels ike she s put in there to develop and advance the story of her predator Mr Hilditch who however is carefully drawn and passably credible He is a conniving deceiving manipulative man with a stable job but ives a ЯED lonely andoveless ife He has a history of preying on the emotionally and financially distressed vulnerable young women When a new opportunity in the figure of Felicia comes to him he s all set to exploit it to the full Felicia becomes his undoing but the train of events that unravels him does not seem uite plausible to meThe narrative follows a inear stream with plentiful flashbacks to contextualise their The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs lives and reveal the backstories of both characters I felt that much of Hilditch s backstory is withheld to be told muchater in order to give it a feel of a thriller rather than a profound exploration of the novel s themes and its characters mental states These Moreno later revelations of important details skew the reading experience of the earlier two third of the novelI have a number of other uibbles with the authorial choices There is too much info dump of names and places brands and businesses etc with no real bearing on what s being told which hinders the smooth reading of the story For instance early on fifteen characters plus five extra names are introduced iness than two pages Only two or three of them are used again in a few inconseuential situations which could easily have been dispensed with And of places I do not want to know the names of so many businesses establishments on so many streets just to Monsieur Pain locate a setting where they dine or meet once or twice and whoseocation is absolutely unnecessary anyway to what came before and what is to come after This kind of detailed geographical mapping and name naming has its uses but not in the story under uestionAnother problem is the author s slightly irritating narrational choice of beginning a new chapter in medias res You read a couple of paragraphs full of pronouns to find out what it is that s being talked about This isn t a problem per se it s just that some writers do it better than others I didn t A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author like the confusions of the first fewines not knowing what I was reading about until a few paragraphs What If laterAll things considered it is possible to appreciate this novel for the nature of its topic It is essentially a sad story of a broken hearted young girl who finds no redemption and isost to the vagaries of fate You would shed a tear or two at Fecilia s fate as you turn the ast page No wonder the book is so popularNovember 18 9510An interesting occurrence happened on the way to the fair Alice Munro and Stephen King neither watching where they were going collided the way to the fair Alice Munro and Stephen King neither watching where they were going collided each other with paper notes flying high and wild When all the pages had settled on the awn and been re gathered by their respective authors each walked away with a bundled manuscript not realizing that their pages had become enmeshed in each other s work Result William Trevor story teller extraordinaireOh *My What a wondrous web he weavesWhile channelling Munro s obsessive *What a wondrous web he weavesWhile channelling Munro s obsessive to domestic and mundane detail and capturing King s ability to make your skin crawl on even a sunny Sunday morning Trevor delivers a captivating portrait of the The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good life of a diseased mind who spins his web to ensnare aonely Supplemental Book lost and heart sick young womanI was not prepared for how this novel unravelled I imagined something sedate conventional heartbreak than the kind that was to come What made it disconcerting was the way the trail crept up on the reader muchike the protagonist crept up on Felicia the slow insidious seduction that was not a seduction view spoilerTrevor manages to ensnare one completely I turned blue without breath and jumped out of my skin when Felicia dropped the piece from the fire grate hide spoiler Dear William Trevor You are dropped the piece from the fire grate hide spoiler Dear William Trevor You are Hark! The Herald Angels Scream lovelyovely writer but I don t think things are going to work out between us This book is only just over 200 pages but it took me a full week to read it And I was on vacation Initially I didn t really want to read it because I didn t want to see what horrible thing was going to happen to Felicia Then I did want to see and you refused to tell me Honestly I got a bit bored In addition I find myself unable to relate to your characters The reasons for the nonsensical actions they take feel a Colloquial Polish: The Complete Course for Beginners little thin to me or in the case of Lucy Gault aot thin I suspect that this has something to do with the Irish fatalism I ve heard so much about but don t really get Oh well Perhaps our paths will cross again someday I hear you write wonderful short stories Best wishesGina Not your usual Trevor A bit of a mystery and almost noirA young woman in Ireland takes the ferry to England searching for the father of her unborn baby He may or may not be working in a awnmower factory in the Midlands as he said Or as is rud he may be in the British army a travesty according to the woman s family The great grandmother who ives with them Bidadari yang Mengembara lost a son and a husband to The Troubles and spends her time caretaking a memorial scrapbook so this family is very anti English If the young woman s boyfriend is truly in the British Army that s the end of this romance as far as her family is concerned Her mother is dead so she s basically been a household slave to the bed ridden great grandma her father and two working brothersIn England she can t find her boyfriend runs out of theittle money she brought and spends time iving on the street and with a group of religious fanatics who give her shelter Eventually she runs into a helpful unmarried 50 ish man who ends up spending all his time with her driving her around ooking for the father of her baby La strada delle croci letting herive in his house and encouraging her to get an abortion This is where the story gets interesting and very un Trevor ikeThe overweight man runs a factory cafeteria He ives in the same house he grew up in all alone since his mother died years ago He is friendless and when he has a day off he sits at home with tea and toast The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth listenin. Felicia is unmarried pregnant and penniless She steals away from a small Irish town and drifts through the industrial English Midlands searching for the boyfriend whoeft her Instead she mee. G to old 78 rpm records He meditates about other young women he has targeted for help just ike this one He thinks of her as The Irish one and istens to her problems He knows she had one all of them have a tale of woe He worries that he has delusional insanity and he calls the door to door religious people God botherers So here s the mystery Is he a serial killer as the Irish woman comes to believe If he s a killer why hasn t he killed or attacked her already After all he s had plenty of opportunity he spends days with her driving her around and she s Pretty Reckless (All Saints High, living in his extra bedroom Why is he offering to pay for her abortion But where are all these other girls he has helped Great writing For example Ioved this Aren t you the pretty one Dirty Keery used to call out ying in wait in Devlin s Lane But that was different because he said it to all the girls going by trying to get them to come close to him And he was blind in any case A good read Photo of an Irish village from Shutterstock This is my final book from the Mookse Madness ist and is perhaps the most difficult of them to assess and review there are 64 books on the The West Transformed list but I had read 43 of them before it was announced As always Trevor s prose is immaculate and he shows great empathy for his characters while subjecting them to hideous tormentsInitially the story appears to be that of Felicia an innocent 17 year old Irish girl who becomes pregnant by Johnny Lysaght a slightly older man who works in England and has told her he works in aawn mower factory though her father tells her he is in the British army Felicia s attempts to contact him fail and she steals some money from her family to enable her to travel to England to search for him taking just a couple of plastic bags of belongings Her searches soon prove fruitlessNext we are introduced to Hilditch a onely middle aged man who works as a catering manager for a factory He initially appears to befriend and help Felicia tells her he has a wife who is seriously ill in hospital and provides a few eads for her search for Johnny but it soon becomes clear that he is not telling her all he knows A ighter subplot concerns a crackpot religious sect who go round door to door pushing their message one of these also befriends Felicia The denouement starts when Felicia discovers that most of her money has disappeared I can t describe how I feel about this without resorting to spoilers so please do not read on if you intend to read this book soonview spoiler She returns to Hilditch who takes her in and arranges an abortion for her About two thirds of the way through there is a dramatic scene in which Felicia asks Hilditch for money to return home he suggests a ate night drive and she rightly suspects his true motive is to dispose of her so she tries to escape We then move to Hilditch s perspective and the next few chapters describe his further mental disintegration as he is unable to remember what happened to Felicia we are ed to believe that he has murdered her as he has dealt with the several other onely troubled girls he has befriended a torment which eventually The Complete Polly and the Wolf leads him to suicide He is harassed by the religious group who know that the missing Felicia mentioned him and he eventually admits to having taken her money But in the final chapter we discover that Felicia escaped to a vagrantife in another city so there is a tentative note of redemption This is a brilliantly executed character study Hilditch is a chillingly macabre but very human creation but it is a very bleak book and a deeply uneasy one to read and it VOYAGES DE GRANDE CROISIERE left me with serious reservations about Trevor s motivation to write it and his intentions hide spoiler William Trevor is considered by many to be one of the most important figures in contemporary Irishiterature and I Came Across Opinions Which Named Felicia came across opinions which named Felicia Journey as one of his best novels Since Trevor is an author who has authored many this was the one I decided to read to begin my acuaintance with his work It turned out to be a strange mix I picked it up expecting a iterary musing on the human condition and got it but I also read a book which is at its heart a thriller A slow paced meandering one but undoubtedly a thrillerThe novel begins with its protagonist Felicia boarding the ferry from Ireland She is pregnant and traveling to England with HOPE OF FINDING JOHNNY LYSAGHT THE MAN WHO FATHERED of finding Johnny Lysaght the man who fathered child He eft no address except for a vague information about his job in a Pookie-Pie: A Sweet Bedtime Story lawnmower factory somewhere in the English Midlands Felicia s father a staunch Republican believes that Johnny chose to join the British army which for an Irish man is nothing short of treason Despite all this Felicia choses to believe Johnny and sets out to find him hoping that once she does everything will be all rightAs you can probably guess things do not turn out to be this simple Felicia makes it to England with relative ease but once she sets foot on the shore she steps out into another world one very bleak cold and depressing much so than the small Irish town that she justeft Although the year in which the action of the novel is never clearly stated or I have missed it the grim portrait presented by Trevor suggests the early 1990 s just after Margaret Thatcher s era as Prime Minister came to an end The Midlands the action takes place mostly in the city of Birmingham are depressed overpopulated dirty and hopeless The novel is almost Dickensian in its sense of describing the place during the time Overwhelming endless grey skies tall bleak chimneys alienation suffered by its poverty stricken characters with poverty suffered by its sick diseased homeless and otherwise deprived inhabitants contrasted with the everpresent copious amounts of waste and trash generated by the other part of society signalling the growing obsession with consumerism and excess of having too much and caring too ittleFelicia is young inexperienced and hopelessly naive it is no wonder that she is uickly noticed by the other major character Mr Hilditch At first Hilditch seems to be kind and well meaning an overweight mild mannered gentle man kind and helpful someone in whom we all could trust He works at one of the factories that Felicia visits and is willing to help her find Johnny However it eventually becomes apparent that there s to Hilditch that at first meets the eye there s a very dark and disturbing undertone to his character From the point that the two meet their ives become interlinked and the book becomes no onger just Felicia s journey alone it is now Mr Hilditch s journey too he is the slowly wound up trap to is the slowly wound up trap to s onely I read this novel on holiday immediately after Patricia Highsmith s Ripley s Game I had thought of the Highsmith as my murdermystery romp and the Trevor as my A Warlocks Dance (The Cursed Princes, literary read However they have in common than I thought Trevor is also a bit of a murder mystery romp the first time I ve ever thought of him in that way Both novels exercise psychological compulsion both build intensity and then suddenly switch scene or character They draw aot of energy from what they don t tell you at east not until the Ts up with Mr Hilditch who is rooking for a new friend to join the five other girls in his Memory Lane But strange sad terrifying tricks of chance unravel both his and Felicia's delusions in. .



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