- File Size: 355 KB
- Print Length: 144 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 18, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004SV2DBG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Seaview Terrace is a cul-de-sac of twelve multi-family houses. The apartments are inhabited by a random assortment of people - old and young; happy and sad; comfortably off and just making ends meet; British and foreign. The inhabitants of this little world go through their lives affecting, and being affected by, their neighbors, for better and for worse.
The basic premise of this book is quite good - it's what I like to refer to as a 'fly on the wall' view of ordinary people going about their lives. Like lives everywhere, these have their share of positives and negatives and surprising moments as the various players interact. As a fly's-eye view of modern (lower) middle-class British society, it is most likely very true to life. The main characters run the gamut from perpetually out-of-work misanthrope Warren and his downtrodden girlfriend Maxine, genteel Joan and snobbish Cynthia; workaholic Trish and gypsies Iz and Oz; gay partners Guy and Mark; wealthy real estate mogul Hassan and his family... all walks of life and personalities end up in Seaview Terrace.
This is not a story with a defined beginning, a linear plot, and a nicely wrapped-up ending. It's just the story of these people's lives and how they interact and react. It covers approximately 9 months of a year - from spring through the beginning of winter. At the end, everyone living in Seaview Terrace has been touched by change - some for the better, some for the worse.
I personally found this to be a very negative book - none of the characters were portrayed as likeable people, and I felt that their attitudes and opinions were very shallow and petty, as well as prejudiced. There wasn't a single character that I'd like to know, nor could I sympathize with them, although I do feel that the representation was very true-to-life. This most likely just underscores the cultural differences, and if anything, shows up the author's ability to create believable (albeit unlikable) characters.
There are a couple of things that should be noted. First, this book is written in the third person present tense, which I personally find very difficult to read, though tastes may vary, of course. Second, there is a great deal of prejudice shown throughout the book - mostly racial/ethnic, but also homophobic - by various characters. None of it actually crosses the line to being totally inappropriate, but it does play a large part in the storyline.
UK slang and spelling is used.
None noted except for the fact that new chapters did not start on a new page. At the end of the last paragraph of a chapter, there would be several spaces, then the next chapter heading.
Rating: *** (3 stars)
The residents of Seaview Terrace are certainly a group of allsorts which includes, I think, quite a good representation of society. We've got the boyfriend and girlfriend, a gay couple, a widow, a family, people from different cultures, busy bodies, complainers, entrepreneurs, happy people, sad people and frustrated people.....and this does not include all of the characters. Rigby managed to have so many different people in the one story and keep abreast of it all, putting it all together to make the reading experience entertaining and smooth and this demonstrates her writing skills and imagination.
Maxine and Warren are girlfriend/boyfriend and you get the sense that their relationship is on the rocks. I got the feeling Maxine wanted a little bit more out of life and you read through the book wondering if that life involves Warren. Guy and Mark are the gay couple who have nicknames for other residents, commentate on the goings on in the building and out there by the beach and add just the right amount of humour to the reading experience. Hassan is a welcome addition - or is he? Somewhat mystical, this man seems to have a mesmerising shall we say power over quite a few of the occupants.
I loved reading about the parking debacle. The residents of Seaview Terrace find themselves having to wait ages to secure a parking bay as people visiting the beach are taking them all. This gets quite a few people hot under the collar and provides for some funny incidents. I can so see this happening and imagine it is happening right now somewhere in the world.
All in all, quite a pleasant read where I didn't feel like I had to work to enjoy the story or to understand what was going on. A good portrayal of the goings on in different people's lives and the want for something more in life where everyday living gets in the way of that want at times. Real life.
Many thanks to Kate Rigby for providing me with a copy of Seaview Terrace and inviting me into the lives of her characters - thanks, Kate!