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Trespass

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  2,931 Ratings  ·  405 Reviews
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
ebook, 272 pages
Published October 18th 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2010)
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Kinga
Jul 27, 2015 Kinga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought Rose Tremain’s Trespass in a pound shop. Actually, it was bought for me by a person who had never been to Poundland before (or so he claimed). A pound for a new, shiny hardback is not a bad deal at all.

I read this book aloud to the book-giver and I thought he enjoyed it, even if he fell asleep occasionally or made fun of my accent. Sadly, I had to finish it by myself as the aforementioned book-giver no longer speaks to me (quite rightly so).*

It is possible that my heart wasn’t in it, o
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Ellie
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
Richard Derus
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
TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez
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
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LitAddictedBrit
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
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Kats
Sep 30, 2014 Kats rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kats by: simon savidge
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
Giedre
"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
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Robin
Apr 13, 2011 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Felice
Sep 14, 2010 Felice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Pauline
Jul 13, 2011 Pauline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kiwiflora
Aug 03, 2010 Kiwiflora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Elaine
Aug 10, 2015 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Excellent atmospheric gothic with an undertone of real melancholy about blighted childhoods and the way they can haunt into adulthood. Tremain is an extraordinarily readable writer -- this is completely different than the other book of her's I've read (the Road Home), except that both featured characters that suck you in, realized settings and smooth prose. Here, Tremain takes on two pairs of 60 something siblings who couldn't be more different, Audrun and Aramon, French peasants living on the v ...more
Apollinaire
Is it just me, or has contemporary English fiction grown a tad anemic lately? (And I do mean English--Commonwealth writers, the Scottish, Irish and Welsh don't seem to have this problem.) Tremain's "Trespass" was excellent at depiction, at conjuring a scene and a psychological mood, at efficiently limning character, at the tight evocativeness of the writing even, and yet its ambition was small. The novel seems prompted by a formulaic problem, which it fulfills with imagination without ever getti ...more
Jana
Aug 03, 2014 Jana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, anglophile
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
Andrea
Aug 11, 2015 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This novel bleeds sadness, regret and decay. Yes, it's a bona fide downer and almost painfully depressing, but Rose Tremain is a very classy writer and she gets you to swallow the bitter pill with what can only be called graceful and elegant prose.
Not quite as good as The Road Home, this is still a perceptive and subtle novel marred more by its faux-thriller structure and artificial intrigue than by the weighty, consuming grief bearing down on its characters.
3.5 stars
Clare
May 17, 2011 Clare rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bonnie Brody
Feb 28, 2012 Bonnie Brody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Brian
May 08, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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DL
Nov 27, 2010 DL rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Merilee
This is OK as a whodunnit but not nearly what I expected of Rose Tremaine after her brilliant "Restoration."
Sheri
Oct 30, 2014 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a book about a bunch of middle-aged people in rural France, this novel keeps you on the edge of your seat. What happens when a collection of characters are pushed hard by the desperation of losing the only thing they love? I found myself continually surprised by the answers to this question as I read this book.
Sue
Nov 22, 2010 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sarah Potter
Jun 09, 2014 Sarah Potter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Philip
Jan 07, 2014 Philip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Veronica
May 12, 2013 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, found
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
Chaitra
My second Rose Tremain book fares a little better than the first one I tried, The Road Home. I liked her prose before, and that opinion is unchanged after I read Trespass. She can write, no doubt. It was the plot of The Road Home that bothered me, and to an extent I like what she did with Trespass. I'm aware that they're nothing alike. I just think that Trespass is a more economical novel, and says what it has to in a very short span of time.

The issues still bother me though, as I see it, they'
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Marleen
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
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Judith
Jan 26, 2011 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Katherine
Nov 09, 2014 Katherine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"Lloyd had matched him sip for sip, and the two of them now sat face to face, across a choppy lake of glassware..." (40).
"Benita had gone to bed. She knew--perhaps because she was more cultured than Lloyd and had read and understood both Ibsen and Lewis Carroll--that there was no 'heart of the whole ruddy thing' and that when men talked about searching for it what they often wound up talking about was cars" (40).
"Madame Besson knew this corniche of a road very well and she drove worryingly fast,
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Rose Tremain's best-selling novels have won many awards, including the Orange Prize, the Whitbread Novel of the Year, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger. Restoration, the first of her novels to feature Robert Merivel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer Richard Holmes.
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