The Story of Lucy Gault

by William Trevor | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by BookGroupMan of Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on 4/28/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Bought for book group, shortlisted for the 2002 booker

(24/05) "Gravely beautiful, subtle and haunting"

This review is not wrong, but the story doesn't really take-off, underplayed and slow, but with some serious themes of guilt & redemption, lost opportunities & regrets, life-changing events turning on the smallest of events and misunderstandings. William Trevor writes very well, but none of the characters is really sympathic or engaging, and there's not a great deal of joy or action to sustain the reader. A book group friend said it felt like the story was 'viewed as if through a veil'. A pleasant way to spend a few hours :)

A quote, comparing novels with real life, "...novels are a reflection of reality, of all the world's desperation and of its happiness, as much of one as of the other"

Journal Entry 2 by BookGroupMan at on Friday, May 28, 2004
Released on Friday, May 28, 2004 at Ibis Central hotel, table in reception in Coventry, England United Kingdom.

I left a couple of books as an experiment (never having had much luck releasing in hotels)... a 'boys' book and a 'girls' book to choose from :)

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