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The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst
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Apr 07, 2012

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Read in April, 2012

This dragged a little for me, I am not sure it worked so well as an audiobook, I found the transitions unsettling. The narration didn't work for me, his silly voices trivialised the characters, especially the women and so in the end I couldn't separate the faults of the narration from Hollinghurst's prose.

The themes however were fascinating: the life and then the writing of the life...the resonance of the poems when the poet has been silenced, the rewriting and reordering of history through subjective remembering... The structure was intriguing but I feel would probably have been more satisfying on the page, or again this may have been a shortcoming of this particular narrator.

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