The Rain Before it Falls
Publisher: Viking Books
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
Jonathan Coe gets really lyrical all through this book.Well, perhaps the choice of having a monologue for so many pages is not the best, but it works somehow. The same fact it's a voice recorded on tape speaking would have made it potentially hard to stand, but I enjoyed and really appreciated the ...
I really want to enjoy the story that is told here, but I can't get into Coe's narration. It's chunky and doesn't hold my attention.
This beautifully written book takes the form of an oral narrative, recorded on a set of cassettes discovered beside the body of Rosamund, an elderly woman who has killed herself rather than let cancer do the job for her. It's the story of Rosamund's entanglement with her cousin Beatrix, a thoroughly...
The critical wisdom on this is, as many have mentioned, that it's slight--the generally suspenseful story eventually unfolding into some generically familiar family dynamics. Whatever... maybe. Even on its own terms, the story unfolds with an engrossing sense of momentum, with Coe's fantastic eye ...