another good book

Last week i finished reading Rose Tremain’s latest book, The Road Home. It is a delight and i warmly recommend it. The story of Lev’s journey from his dying East European village to find work in contemporary London, his struggles and triumphs there, and his eventual return to rouse his family and friends in the achievement of his dream, make captivating reading. Tremain creates an irresistably attractive being in her central character. Within a few pages of the book’s beginning you find yourself with Lev, sharing his fears and hopes, and yearning along with him for fate to cast a benevolent eye in his direction. She’s fickle, mistress fate, but the story is wonderfully affirming in spite of life’s inevitable trials.

I first came across Rose Tremain’s writing when the cover of The Way I Found Her compelled my attention in Scorpio Books. Beyond the striking blue and pink cover the blurb and opening page suggested something worth pursuing and i bought the book. I am so very glad i did. I love The Way I Found Her. That story of Lewis’s summer in Paris is equally masterful in all those most important book things: compositional style, plot development, characterisation, insight and comment on our world and human nature.

Read some Tremain; she’s very good.

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~ by crisargos on Saturday, 12 April, 2008.

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