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I found this book in the street in San Francisco along with a pile of other books, I picked up this one because the cover was just amazing. I felt like reading a sort of trashy creepy book that I thought would probably be quite formulaic in style and I could read before bed. This turned out to be a very strange book. I surprised myself by being actually quite interested until the end. I just found it entertaining, some of the descriptive prose was hilarious in its awkwardness and then some parts ...more
This novel started out wonderfully with the character in the very sympathetic plight of having her family farm divided by a freeway. But it got weird. First in an enjoyably uncanny way. By the end things stretched credibility too far. Or maybe it seemed the characters got offered up to wit. I have a hard time pointing out what exactly didn't work about the ugh ending.
From the publisher: MONICA DICKENS, born in 1915, was brought up in London. Her mother's German origins and her Catholicism gave her the detached eye of an outsider; at St Paul's Girls' School she was under occupied and rebellious. After drama school she was a debutante before working as a cook. One Pair of Hands (1937), her first book, described life in the kitchens of Kensington. It was the firs ...moreMore about Monica Dickens...