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Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald
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Sep 03, 12

Read from August 14 to 19, 2012

Offshore is an excellent short novel about a group of people who have somehow found themselves washed up on the shoals, or in this case on a group of houseboats on Battersea Reach, as they try to adapt to a changing world and their own changing roles in that world. The writing is compelling, the descriptions are compelling, and the way in which Fitzgerald combines the different voices and perspectives of the various characters, intermingling their inner monologues with their external interactions, is perfectly stitched together even if it seems a little odd at first. One needs to allow oneself to settle into the words and the story, and the lives of the characters themselves. And yet, despite the brevity of the novel, the characters are well realized and one becomes involved. The characters and the ending endure in the conscious of this reader.
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