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The Blank Wall

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: New York: Pocket Books # 662 1st Printing 1950; . edition (1950)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000CBVBSW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,664,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Blank Wall' reads brilliantly as a suspense novel, but I was as much captured by Elizabeth Sanxay Holding's deft characterisation as by the twists and turns of the plot.

Lucia Holley, separated from her husband by WWII and running her family home alone, is horrified when her daughter Bee becomes romantically involved with an unsavoury young man. However, when she attempts to part the couple, events quickly begin to spiral out of her control.

Murder and blackmail aside, 'The Blank Wall' also operates as a convincing portrait of the relationship between mother and daughter.
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The Deep End movie with Tilda Swinton is based on this book. I've seen the movie several times. The mother character is so fascinating (Swinton). The mother in Blank Wall is not admirable, but weak and pathological. Three quarters through the book I am only thinking of the movie and how much better the interpretation is; this ruined the book somewhat for me. Then the story got really good and suspenseful as the mother and Donally moved to hide the crime. In fact the book now surpassed the movie in this area. Overall there are many good parts and characters in the book.
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...and makes for a rich and wonderful story. A mother tries to protect her family and home from a seedy element that enters their lives in an unexpected way. The manner in which the story unfolds is mesmerizing. I felt horrible for the main character as she watched her life and the lives of her family unravel, and rejoiced each time she pulled herself together. The relationship between her and her father is touching to read, and the relationship between her and her maid brings an entirely other issue into the story.

My favorite line(s) in the book: "This is my life, going on just the same....And all that had happened to her would be, must be, pushed down, out of sight; the details of daily living would come like falling leaves to cover it."

I've only recently discovered Persephone books and I adore them. I was so pleased to find a few available on my Kindle. Can we please have more???
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I bought this book because of positive reviews from a respected source. I was, however, quite disappointed, on account of the silly behavior of the leading characters. The protagonist's guiding principle evidently was- if a family member commits an act that's potentially embarrassing/humiliating/foolish, just cover it up, and then (we'll pretend) that all is well. As she adheres to this mindset while the circumstances around her darken, I was increasingly irritated with her determination to uphold appearances, over all else. If her thinking reflects the upper-middle-class mores of the 1940s, then perhaps social values have advanced.
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I keep wanting to ask, "Why don't more people seem to acknowledge Ms. Sanxay Holding?" I think she's an excellent writer of stories that you do not want to put down until the last page. Her ability to enter into her various characters and thoroughly understand them is a rare attribute which she, rather than mastered, must have been born with. I know I've found a good book when I find myself thinking about it as I go about my days.
She is a very interesting, gifted writer.
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