- File Size: 4587 KB
- Print Length: 172 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1975751388
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 2, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013CRLF5Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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But any minor niggles were far outweighed by the elements I enjoyed once I immersed myself in the story. While “quirky” can sometimes have me running for the hills, there’s no better word to convey the overall feel of this book. As a portrait of a family at close quarters, it’s just perfect – a series of vividly drawn set pieces, every character richly detailed. I particularly loved the grandmother – and all the little touches of detail that brought her to life, with all those wonderful phrases and declarations that all grans are known for. The constipation issues that dog the first part of the book – actual, not emotional – were so real, and extremely funny.
Although it could be said that not a lot happens, the story gets its narrative drive from the anticipation of the arrival of the final two guests, rising steadily in pitch as the moment approaches. The climax is in no way a disappointment – I certainly didn’t see it coming – but my major enjoyment was more from the observation of the character interplay and domestic detail that led to that point.
The writing is excellent – comfortable within the day-to-day but at times richly descriptive, filled with unusual metaphors, and with phrases and expressions that sometimes surprised, often delighted. At 170 pages, this was a short novel – and in part, I think that’s another reason it worked so well. Every word needed to be carefully chosen, every scene count. I might have had my few small reservations, but overall I really enjoyed this one.
I hasten to add that the magic of the scribe is to encourage the reader to look beyond the mindless rambling, as the tales are often merely the key to unlock the subliminal messages. Rigby has Helen skim the surface of the issues, much like taking the cream off the top of the milk with a knife or a spoon.
The true essence of this book is family. The eccentricities of our relatives, the loyalties and wars within the walls of the inner sanctum of the small country called family. Helen is safe within those walls, but perhaps also too protected. Is she the only one who can’t see what is right in front of her eyes?
I agree with Gran about Bella, and indeed my children have probably tired of me commenting on the fact that leopards don’t change their spots. Granted, children who are bullies sometimes grow into adults who reflect upon their mistakes and bad choices, however it doesn’t change the fact they made it their mission to destroy someone else’s childhood. I have a long memory.
In the midst of the reminiscing, the story of Christine’s rape is brought up again and again. She has been invited to the holiday retreat by Helen’s mother. Religion and forgiveness is portrayed in equal measures to Helen’s more emotional reaction to the rape. A lifetime of punishment is more up her alley. The subtle discussion begs the question whether the rapist deserves the hand of forgiveness and whether or not a sexual predator can change his life around completely. Can faith control base impulses and the need for power?
The other fascinating element of this book is the Fruit Woman. I think each reader will experience the idea of her in a different way, depending on their frame of reference. For me Fruit Woman represents womanhood, at the same time she is also Freud’s Id, the inaccessible part of our personality. For Helen she is the magical element of life, the beauty and confusion of living, and the gut instinct that whispers warnings to her even when she doesn’t want to listen.
Rigby writes about the mundane and makes it seem extraordinary. She wraps religion, sexual violence, bullying, alcoholism and low self-esteem in a warm blanket of the mediocrity of family life. I liked her approach. You have to look deep below the surface with this one.
*I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author for purposes of review.*