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Other People's Worlds

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Här får man lite inblick av hur lätt det är att lura en godtrogen människa som känner sig ensam. Men var går gränsen egentligen mellan godhet och godtrogenhet. Alla vill ju bli sedda. Och kanske är det så att även de som blir sol-och-vårade anser att tiden de blev uppvaktade var värt att bli bedragna.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 25th 1991 by Penguin Books
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I hadn't quite thought of it this way. Yes, we're connected; we abut; we do dialogue; we do the essentials in conjunction: procreation, tennis volleys, sarcasm. Yet, in real life, we are not actors in a stage play; this is not a set piece. Each of us has, first, our own existence, our own understanding, our own world. Yours is not mine; nor mine, yours. But by necessity, we occasionally enter each other's world. And there is not always a suitable translation.

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Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I very rarely write a review, but I was compelled for two reasons: I finished the book in one weekend - which is a huge feat for me. (But I must also confess, I had an additional day!) That said, ALL credit goes to W Trevor. I absolutely loved this story and though it took me a while to pick it up, I could not put it down, and I'm confident I will be reading this again! I saw myself in character after character after character! Is this the season in my life when I can virtually step back and see ...more
Without giving too much away, the big twist at the end was so vaguely alluded to that I had to double back, thinking I must have missed something.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
William Trevor seems to be a bit of a master at subtley disturbing tales of small-town England, and I especially loved the early 80's period detail (drinking Tizer and watching Streets of San Francisco) and the slow build up of tension. A sad novel at heart, and kind of reflective of the nihilism of that particular time in the UK. He's great, is Trev.
Russell George
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyable for the style, but one of the lead characters, Doris, just didn’t feel real enough for me. She felt like a working class stereotype, something that Mike Leigh would create and call it black comedy. Still, I think I’ve pinned down what I most like about William Trevor – it’s the way he weaves dialogue into his prose without it drawing attention to itself, as if it’s an extension to the author’s voice rather than some other element. But this isn’t probably one of his better novels, altho ...more
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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If while stuck in a crowded airport, sitting on a subway train or waiting for a table at a popular restaurant, you’ve mused about or even concocted lives for some of the people around you, then you’ll enjoy William Trevor’s books. The author has an uncanny ability to capture the despair of individuals trapped within circumstances – particularly when those circumstances are of their own making. Trevor’s “studies” of these personal psychological dilemmas are enlightening, depressing, always engagi ...more
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Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Totally immersive reading; brilliant characterisation; dark; funny; touching. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Trevor's creepy tales with a wicked bit part actor reeking havoc on innocent people's lives.
David James
Apr 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who loves good writing
William Trevor's most admired novel is , but is its equal. The title alerts us to the author's modus operandi - we are being placed inside the consciousness of several disparate characters, each of which is impervious to the real truth.

The major viewpoint belongs to Francis Tyte, an actor who is impelled to live out a fantasy life, using others - usually women - as his material. The novel gives us as convincing a portrayal of a psychopath as does with Mr Hilditch. Francis is a consummate actor a
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
The third Trevor book I've tackled is quite different from the others which were set in Ireland in the early years of the twentieth century. Other People's Worlds is set in and around London in the late 1980s and addresses the psychology of the people who have the misfortune to befriend the self-absorbed Francis Tyte. Ruth Rendell writes this sort of book much better, or at least she did in her heyday.
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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They always say things like, "how quiet he was" or "he'd be the last person you'd imagine". Francis Tyte is another of Trevor's quiet, unassuming psychopaths, and appropriately (chronologically) somewhere between Septimus Tuam (in The Love Department) and Mr. Hilditch (in Felicia's Journey). Thrilling and chilling. That Trevor can reach such a fever-pitch of terror with his calm, lulling prose is in itself a work of art.
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William Trevor, KBE grew up in various provincial towns and attended a number of schools, graduating from Trinity College, in Dublin, with a degree in history. He first exercised his artistry as a sculptor, working as a teacher in Northern Ireland and then emigrated to England in search of work when the school went bankrupt. He could have returned to Ireland once he became a successful writer, he ...more