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The Still Point by Amy Sackville
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Aug 13, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: read2010, orange-prize
Read from September 19 to 21, 2010

I regret that I read this book in summer. It deserves a frozen landscape and several long days. The language is beautiful, and the way the story is told from a fly-on-the-wall kind of perspective, where sometimes you only catch glimpses of dialogue or story, or can only make assumptions from what is seen and known, is brilliant.

There were definitely a few moments where I wanted to scream at the main character, because she seems trapped in this house that goes back several generations in her family, in the story of her great-grandparents, and doesn't really seem to have her own life outside of the interactions with her husband Simon, and even during those times she is living in her head and the recollections of the journals she has been reading. But it is her barely-there presence that makes the story so dreamlike, so in the end, I'm glad she isn't normal. (It does seem somewhat far-fetched that the dinner never burns...)
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