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Down Memory Lane: With Marguerite and Family Paperback – December 15, 2010

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The reference to the Abba song, "I Have a Dream" is fitting in view of Marguerite's attitude to life compared to her husband's. She can see light at the end of the tunnel. --Author Linette Bruno

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Linette Bruno's first published work picks up the common thread in five of Muriel Spark's novels where chronology is disrupted, just as the natural order of things is often disrupted in everyday life. The themes of exile and alienation peep through the pages of that book, and it is little wonder that they have crept up again in "Pushing Through the Darkness" where Marguerite and her family are forced into exile after the eruption of the Montserrat volcano.
--Linette Bruno

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (December 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432767852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432767853
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,688,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nicolas Hunte on March 19, 2011
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At its core, Linette Bruno's novel is a tender tale of family life across three generations, related from the perspective of a loving wife and mother, Marguerite. The narrative is enriched by many reflections and reminiscences - Marguerite`s thoughts of her mother's life and her childhood in Montserrat, her experiences of Spain, her daughter Clementine's description of the volcanic eruption in Montserrat and the history of Martinique.
Interestingly historical and environmental events penetrate the consciousness of the characters and impact upon their nature and their thinking in various ways Clementine awakes to her own lack of consideration for her parents when she realises that she has left them with no news of her after she leaves for her honeymoon, just as the dissidents in Martinique had left behind bewildered and bereft relatives when they departed in secret during the second world war. Her brother Jonathan, however, embraces the volcanic eruption in Montserrat as the opportunity to start a new life in the Navy, whereas his father George retreats into sullen silence and loss of interest in life.
George is perhaps the most compelling character in the novel. His sense of a loss of empowerment begins as he flees from the advancing ash of the volcano, relinquishing the wheel of his car to his son...and it is compounded when he releases his daughter to be married, finding expression in irritability and distaste for his new son-in-law and family. His slow emergence from these traumatic upheavals brings together the twin themes of bonding and alienation in the novel
The novel is infused with a sense of fatality and supernatural presence.
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