But what if we think about it differently? What if we think about it as Shriver's sixth novel, the one that came before KEVIN and POST-BIRTHDAY? What if we read it and look for those hints -- and they are certainly there, and in force -- of what it is to come from this writer? Read that way, DOUBLE ...more
I found it hard to rate this book - on one hand it did have a compelling 'have-to-finish' quality , if a bit voyeuristic in nature, on the other, it has patches of purple prose, notably the love/sex scenes . Not many of those thank goodness, with their shattering orgasmic noises - though these are his , for a change. And some strange, incomprehensible sentences. These may have been Kindle errors of course .(The sentences that is, not the orgasmic noise) And of course ,as many revi ...more
But even though Willy annoyed me, this was definitely a book that will stay with me, and one that makes you think, which I always enjoy. I think I would have enjoyed it even more if I wasn't having such a terrible ...more
When bad editing can ruin a book for you
Sloppy editing can drive me slightly nuts. In this book, but became hut, unsurprising became unsurprinsing: one character Axel became Axe on Pg 423 then reverted to Axel at the end of Pg 425 (and no, it wasn't a nickname), commas appeared randomly. I found simply myself waiting for the next mistake.
The blurb says this novel uses tennis simply as a metaphor; well, it was a pretty big metaphor. I got a bit lost in the tenni ...more
Publisher - Serpent's Tail
Pages - 339
Blurb from Goodreads
Ever since she picked up a racquet at the age of four, tennis has been Willy Novinsky's one love. But when she falls for fellow pro Eric Oberdorf, their relationship is tested to breaking point by their competitive urges.
Tennis is not something I am interested in at all however when on holiday we do pick up something we normally wouldn't read. Willy Novinsky is on a journey to becoming a professional te ...more
Were it not for my enthusiasm for tennis I might have enjoyed it less, but were the tennis not there Double Fault might be better. As willing as she is to pull observations into the story, we are never allowed a moment's pause from the central ...more
The book is more of an investigation of the characters in the book, much like "A perfectly good family", rather than plot based (like "Post birthday world"). As usual, Lionel makes many insightful comments and observations throughout this piece of writing. Unfortunately the plot is a quite plodding (and a bit depressing), leading to me to give this book only a moderate rating. Still worth the read though if you're a Lionel fan - just don' ...more
I've always advised young lawyers & law students NOT to marry ...more
I picked this up at the library in preference to the "Kevin" book which falls into the category of books I think I might enjoy but have heard too much about from too many sources to bother with I'm talking slightly tongue in cheek but I've been disappointed by books with clouds of hype emanating from them before and so, well, I don't exactly steer clear of them or refuse to read them, but I tread carefully.
This proved to be an excellent read though. Well written on the whole. The odd sentence st...more
Although this novel was first published in the USA in 1997, it was only published in the UK in 2006 after the success of ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’. It has similarities in style but I do not think it should be unfavorably compared as it was written much earlier in the authors career before her writing style had fully developed.
Tennis is the dominate theme in this novel based on a relationship between two ambitious tennis players.
The female protagonist is Wilhelmina Novinsky a professional te ...more
This is a book where you can take sides. Tennis playing girl meets ...more
Double Fault, on the other hand, is SO badly written...chock full of stomach-churning tennis metaphors...I am amazed I made it to the end. I didn't like the ma ...more
I really do like Shriver’s style - well written narrative and great characters that have complexity nd are, frankly, interesting to read about, whi ...more
It's undeniably a flawed novel.
At times the dialogue doesn't ring true, and it's scarcely credible that Willy (female tennis professional) could beat her lover Eric (also tennis pro) even if he was a higher ranking.
But - as always - this is worth a read because Lionel Shriver makes you *think*. This is more than just a lov ...more
Willy Novinsky is an up and coming tennis player, although a bit long in the tooth than most. (She's 27!) In comes Eric Oberdorf, who Willy very quickly loves and dislikes in equal measure, mainly because he, too, is a tennis player. They decide to marry and life seems ok, until Willy has a major injury that sidelines not only her tennis, but also her marriage.
Shriver is one of the best writers around today, on par with John Irving i ...more
I also admire the extensive research she clearly did to discuss tennis in this much depth.
However, two things: you need to be able to power through the first hundred pages, because that's how long it takes to get invested in this book. And Willy is unrelentingly annoyi ...more