Nov 01, 09
Read in October, 2009
I have just picked up this book after noticing an upcoming dramatisation, and I really love it. I think the author makes the three central characters likeable but realistic, they all have their flaws. I warmed to Queenie especially and found some of her dialogue laugh out loud.
I tend to agree with other reviews about Bernard, he does seem to come out of nowhere, and I can't find anything to like about him, although this allows more sympathy to Queenie, who has married him to escape the trappings of one life as a dutiful daughter, only to be suffocated and suppressed in another role as Bernards wife.
As regards to Hortense I felt dismay on her experiences of England, although unfortunately they were probably all too true, the same for Gilbert, and I don't think the dialect was hard to understand, I think the author painted an accurate picture and it added to the whole armosphere of the book.
The lessons from this book are still relevant, and as a British citizen I feel ashamed at the treatment of people like Gilbert and Hortense. I would reccomend this book.