In The Place of Fallen Leaves
Very atmospheric and downright beautiful. One of my favourite books of all time.
"It had a small pond inhabited by goldfish, which used to jump out of the water whenever someone slammed the front door, but which when the pond dried up in July had disappeared off the face of the earth, leaving no trace except for a mysterious quiver in the whiskers of our cats."
I hated to finish this book. It was a joy to read.
The prolonged heat and drought combined with teachers' strikes postponing the return to school plays havoc on the village and Alison's family in particular.
The main story is a good one b...more
'Atmospheric' is the best word I can think of to describe the world laid out in this book. That and 'fabulous'. It's one of those stories that seems to have no real plot to it but kind of meanders until you realise that you've gone somewhere without being quite aware of the journey. It's set in the hot late summer of 1984 in a Devon village with eleven year old Alison leading us around her family and friends. The story is coming-of-ageish I suppose, but it's delightful. Definitely an author to r...more
We will be discussing this book at my group holiday which this year is in Devon, near Tavistock, not many...more
I especially enjoyed reading it because it's set a bit to the south-west of where I'm currently living in Devon, and was full of fascinating local color.
Beautifully and unusually written; I highly recommend it!
good but keep waiting for something to happen, it's anecdotal in style & I suppose it's layering a sense of place and community... later... have to admire it, some lovely passages in it, country sun-soaked stuff