The Language of Others
After two books Clare Morrall was on my "must buy in hardback" list and she's not moving off it as this, her third book, is superb.
This book really flows. The narrative jumps around Jessica's life: in her forties the story is told in the first person including looking back to her early adulthood and her childhood is narrated in the third person. "Jump" is the wrong word though because the whole thing joins up so seamlessly. This is writing so good that you could almost read the book without noti...more
‘The Language of Others’ is a story which has plot...more
Some aspects of the book are glossed over and we never really get to understand Andrew, who is clearly disturbed but in some way enables Jess to find herself and build a relationship with her son. The writing is quite spare, but for good reason, given that the book is mainly written through the eyes of Jess.
Above all, the book raises lots of questions about...more
The structure of t...more
First, I must admit: (view spoiler)[I have very little knowledge of autism. I cannot comment on how accurately Jessica and Joel are portrayed. Perhaps Roland has a mild condition too. & Andrew... he's defi...more
Mark Haddon was massively successful in fusing an exploration of the world of a young man who has Asperger's Syndrome with the detective fiction genre.
This author is blending a story about autism with the sort of family story in which - with t...more
morrall's writing is simple; she has a way of weaving incidents into everyday life that makes strange thoughts, people and events seem perfectly ordinary.
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all the while i was an unsuspecting reader believing th...more
This is the story of Jessica- the girl and Jessica-the grown-up woman,divorced,living with her son who seems enclosed in his own world.The narration moves smoothly between childhood and present. We sense from the start that there is something not quite fitting with Jessica. However, her voice as a grown-up i...more
You follow the main character, Jessica, as she struggles through her bad relationship with her sister, her cousins, her husband and then her son. It seems that she can't relate to anyone. This book explores an interesting topic in a slightly different way. After Jessica found out why she was behaving in a certain way, things became cle...more
It was a book that showed the world of a special one yet everything in that world seemed to be so normal. Maybe everyone is special in their little quirks... Amazing read. I licked the words off its pages.