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Blaming (Virago Modern Classics) Paperback – April 6, 2006
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This last novel by English novelist Taylor (1912-1975) blends gentle wit with sympathy in telling the story of a woman's adjustment to her husband's death.
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A compassionate and devastating tale―Daily Mail
Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen - soul-sisters all―Anne Tyler
How deeply I envy any reader coming to her for the first time!―Elizabeth Jane Howard
Elizabeth Taylor had the keenest eye and ear for the pain lurking behind a genteel demeanour―Paul Bailey, Guardian
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I don't want to give away too much so I'll leave the plot at that but Taylor does a wonderfully subtle job of portraying the sense of guilt and blame that can accompany close relationships. One of the best parts of "Blaming" is the portrayal of Ernie who's served as paid dog's body to Daniel and Amy for many years. Ernie's alternately essential and taken for granted but he's a much needed sounding board for all who happen into the household. Ernie provides much more than cooking and butler services. He's everyone's confidante and adviser dispensing wisdom along with scrambled eggs and cheese.
In this Virago edition there's a wonderful afterword written by Joanna Kingham, Taylor's daughter as well as an introduction by Jonathan Keates although in the first Kingham gets one plot point incorrect and the later should be avoided prior to finishing the book. Keates makes a wonderfully apt comparison between Chekhov's and Taylor's writing styles. Both the afterword and introduction add much to the enjoyment of Taylor's insightful novel.