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In a silent valley in southern France stands an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel. Aramon, the owner, is so haunted by his violent past that he's become incapable of all meaningful action, letting his hunting dogs starve and his land go to ruin. Meanwhile, his sister Audrun, alone in her modern bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of exacting retribution fo...more
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Published October 18th 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2010)
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Trespass by Rose Tremain is classic Tremain: beautifully written, poignant and painful. The focus is two sets of relationships and the cataclysmic intersection: a British brother and sister, both gay and successful and a French brother and sister, both darkly disturbed, wealthy by birth but unsuccessful with their lives. These characters and their relationships are strongly developed. But one of the pleasures of the book are the number of subsidiary characters who are also fully developed and po...more
"Trespass" was my first Tremain's book, and I chose to read it almost accidentally, as I could not remember the context in which it ended up in my e-reader.

"Trespass" is a dark book, not the one I could love, and still I couldn't help but admire the author's capacity to create these dark characters which I feel will haunt me for a long time now.

The plot of the book revolves around two families, British Vereys and French Lunels. Both of the families are composed of a brother and a sister, and t...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
The Book Report: Two pairs of aging siblings, all damaged goods from various sorts of parental abuse and neglect, collide in one of France's most beautiful areas...the Cevennes range...and manage to make a complete hash of their own, their friends', and even perfect strangers' lives while imagining themselves to be acting in accord with the highest and best principles of mankind. Nothing good comes of anyone's best-intentioned acts because no one has learned what good intentions look like. Trema...more
Two things drew me to Rose Tremain’s latest novel, Trespass. One was the fact that it was set in the Cévennes mountains of the Central Massif (south central France, a region I know well), and the second is that it was described as being “very dark.” I love France and have spent many happy years there, and I love well-written “dark” books.

Trespass revolves around five middle aged characters: two French siblings, Audrun and Aramon, who share a secret past, an English garden designer and writer, Ve...more
My mum bought this book and read it first. We often share books and in the vast majority of cases her thoughts on how much I'll enjoy it are spot on. So when she handed me Trespass and said, "I'll be interested to see what you think...", I was intrigued. Usually, it's something along the lines of "Read this, you'll love it!" or "The story in this is superb". So I kind of felt like I was being experimented on before I even started...

I've obviously heard of Tremain before, if only because I've not...more
I so wanted to like this book. It sounded so promising. The first chapter was really very good and I was looking forward to the "frightening and unstoppable series of consequences" mentioned on the back of my paperback copy. Sadly, by the time we got to that point, I was totally and completely disenchanted by every single one of the characters including the isolated stone farmhouse in southern France, which is a bit of a character in itself... and, trust me, I am usually quite enchanted by isola...more
My aunty has recommended Rose Tremain's books to me so many times and gave me a copy of Sacred Country years ago when I was still at university. Well, it took Simon Savidge's late Gran to get me reading a Tremain, and I certainly can see why she is a highly rated writer. Though the mysteries that unravelled weren't all that mysterious to me at all (I must have a sick mind because I always think the worst of characters in books and what sinister acts they may have committed in the past.... and of...more
From the blurb I thought this book was going to be full of intrigue and mystery, just my kind of thing! The setting was beautiful and the first chapter an amazing start BUT it just went downhill from there.
Set mostly in the Cevennes in France, the novel revolves around two sets of siblings. Audrun and Aramon Lunel who grew up in an old stone house called the Mas Lunel that Aramon is now trying to sell, and Anthony and Veronica Verey who are funny enough both gay. Anthony's life is falling apart...more
Trespass - of land by foreigners and by one's own family members; of one's own personal body and personal space; of intruders into one's relationships. Trespass is the underlying theme of this novel. How this violation is dealt with by the various characters makes up the story line and the inevitable conflict that is at the core of any good story.

In the south of France is the mountainous region of the Cevennes. This is not a pretty postcard area of France, but one of rugged, mountains, full of...more
Great, creepy read! Two pairs of siblings and some very dark secrets.

My first Rose Tremain, thank you Simon Savidge.

Next up: The Road Home
It says in the blurb "From the moment he (Anthony Verey) arrives at the Mas Lunel, a frightening and unstoppable series of consequences is set in motion...."

I am up to page 104 and he still hasn't arrived! The first few chapters were very confusing, a different character in every chapter Jodi Piccoult style but Jodi Piccoult does it much better, it has only just become apparent how these characters are connected in the 11th chapter and I'm still wondering where Melodie (the little girl in the fi...more
For the most part I am a live and let live reader. If you can barely wait the 20 minutes it takes for the next James Patterson to appear that's okay with me. Got that Dave Eggers monkey on your back? I'll give you a ride home anyway. Don't think that Rose Tremain is a Great Writer? Our friendship must end. That's all there is to it. If you haven't read her we can still be pals but don't think that I am ever going to stop trying to make you read her. (Believe it when I tell you I am the Michael P...more
Bonnie Brody
Rose Tremain is not only a prolific writer, but she is a great one. Each of her novels is different in theme, tenor, and topic. Trespass, her most recent book, is a dark, eerie and grim themed novel with a definite gothic undertone. Set in the southern part of France, in an area known as the Cevennes region, the land itself is portrayed as something feral and alive, so filled with lush growth, insects, snakes and sounds, that it has a life of its own.

In this region live a sister and brother, Aud...more
A story of cultural collision, Trespass details the events that surround the arrival of septuagenarian antiques dealer, Anthony Verey, in the Cevennes in southern France. Disappointed with his life in London, Anthony decides to buy a property in France and spend the last part of his life living somewhere beautiful.

Fate, in the form of a chain-smoking estate agent, takes Anthony to the Mas Lunel, the home of Aramon Lunel, a man sickening from the darkness of his own past as much as his unhealthy...more
Lots of people liked this book. It is hard for me to rate because it was well written and Ms. Tremain has a tremendous reputation. But the characters, even the ones we were meant to be sympathetic toward, were just so very unlikable. From the antiques dealer to Adrun. Even the child who was really a minor character was unlikable. Horrible things happening to horrible people. Were they that way because of their upbringing; in the end I couldn't bring myself to care. I was cringing through a great...more
Charlotte Phillips
I didn't find this book to be very appealing and actually found it quite confusing and boring in some places. At the beginning of the novel you are thrown into a cliffhanger situation as you watch, or well read, a little girl run of and then scream at something she has clearly either seen or knows off. But from the next chapter the characters change, and your left actually feel very annoyed and frustrated. Why has this girl screamed? Isn't anyone going to go and save her? Is she alive or dead? I...more
After Music and Silence, I've been disappointed with every other Rose Tremain book I've read. M and S is so good it's hard to live up to. I got this book free at a book swap, and I was a bit dubious about the plot of "Rich Englishman buys house in Cevennes, falls foul of peasants" as a story line. But I was very pleasantly surprised -- it's very much better than that sentence makes it sound, playing on ideas of trespass, physically, culturally, and emotionally. She clearly knows the area well, a...more
Actual rating: 3.5*

This is the story of a house, Mass Lunel in the Cevennes in France and of those who live there and those who would like to live there.
It is the story of family relationships and the influences they have on our lives as well as the story of the things we are willing to do for those and what we love.
The story starts with a young girl running away from her school trip, seeing something and screaming. We are then taken back to the events leading up to whatever it was that made her...more
Wow! What a great read this was---there's something for everyone. The story is set in a small French village where a British lesbian couple have set up housekeeping. While Veronica is involved in writing a book:" Gardening Without Rain", Kitty is attempting to paint floral watercolors. Into this Garden of Eden comes Veronica's brother, Anthony, a snobbish antique collector from London whose formerly famous business is now in the tank due to the recession, prompting him to stay awhile with his si...more
This is my first Rose Tremain book and I really enjoyed her writing. The book centres around two sets of siblings, Aramon and Audren Lunel and Veronica (V) and Anthony Verey, both from two very different backgrounds and both badly affected by their pasts.

Aramon and Audrun Lunel have lived in Mas Lunel a stone farmhouse that has been in their family for 400 hundred years in the Cevennes. Aramon in the farmhouse he inherited and Audren in her modern bungalow, built for her on the parcel of land sh...more
A beautifully written book about totally obnoxious people. The setting has charm, most action taking place in the south of France. The plot is clever. There is a killing, but I would have been quite happy to see the whole lot disposed of. I find it difficult to be interested in such nasty characters. Life has damaged everyone in the book,- but then life damages most people. However they usually have some redeeming features. No-one in this book comes over with any appeal to the reader.
Perhaps I...more
Mary Lynch
I found this book difficult to read, as all the dark aspects of the characters lives were exposed to the reader, without respite. Akin to being a priest in the confessional as trespasses were being related, dark and unsettling. Every person in this book, including most of the subsidiary characters has a story to tell and the genius of Tremain lies in weaving all these together. It is the first time I have read a Tremain novel and I must confess I am now a fan, although I found it far from easy r...more
I have the feeling that the books i really favour are essentially the same. The characters are isolated, regreftul and somewhat hopeless; they're one step removed from reality. The conlcusion I like to draw is that everyone must be like that. I think I am most likely wrong. Maybe i should try some more cheerful books.

Anyhoodle, i tried to keep this for my new commute as it made the journey flash by, but i had no self-restraint and now have to find another mile-muncher.
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I enjoyed reading this novel set in France with English ex-patriots and locals as primary characters. It combines character study of damaged individuals with a mystery and was a story that I really wanted to read and know the outcome. This is a new author and setting for me. I believe I will try more of Tremain's books.
Diane S.
Okay I can't rate this novel I love the way Rose Tremain writes, her words and sentences. I was really liking the story until there was a scene I could nt get past, not sure this needed to be so graphically out there. Anyway it ruined the bok for me. Guess I'm just too much of a prude.
Sarah Potter
What I love about Rose Tremain is her ability to enter deeply into the psyche of people, whatever the culture or time period she's writing about.

"Trespass" portrays so brilliantly the hostility and fear experienced by a village community towards outsiders determined to buy up local properties as second homes, most of which have been in families over generations. Tremain paints a vivid picture of the hills and gorges of southern France; this untamed landscape, where the wildness of the place seem...more
The story is mediocre and the characters are hard to like and ultimately incredibly selfish. I read this at the same time as some friends and I'm pretty sure none of us will be going anywhere near a Rose Tremain book anytime soon.
Trespass by Rose Tremain is a novel that repeatedly meditates on and around the theme it takes from its title. The author’s glittering but deceptively simple prose dances through the magical realities of the characters’ lives, but always has in mind an overriding concept of space which is personal, a space which is also inevitably and necessarily invaded by interaction. Such invasions, such trespass upon another’s territory will leave footprints, imprints that set into memory and thus themselves...more
Jan 19, 2014 Lilly_fantastico rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lilly_fantastico by: Chiang Mai Women's book club
A bookclub read, and not something I'd usually pick. I was actually pleasantly surprised; well-written and a gripping plot. I enjoyed the story immensely, particularly the overall concept of the novel, and the reflections it offered on human nature and middle age.

The characters are reasonably well-developed, and would be convincing if only they were a little less obvious; less so clearly intended to portray the conventionally unconventional. There are no 'normal' characters except poor, two-dime...more
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Rose Tremain's best-selling novels have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music & Silence), the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger (Sacred Country). Restoration, the first of her novels to feature Robert Merivel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1989 and made into a film in 1995. She lives in Norfolk a...more
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