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The charms of bananas and oatcakes in the morning and Spanish oranges after sex; the small pleasures and anxieties of throwing a party, exchanging salacious emails with a new lover, sitting in the bath as it storms outside. Broken oven knobs prompt a meditation on survival that's both haunting and playful; a sunset walk leads to an unsettling encounter with a herd of cows; the discovery of an old letter recalls an impossible affair.
Sidestepping the usual conventions of narrative, Pond refracts the narrator's uncannily intimate experience in the details of daily life, rendered sometimes in story-like stretches, sometimes in fragments, and suffused with the almost synesthetic intensity of the physical world as we remember it from childhood. As her persona emerges in all its particularity, sometimes painfully and often hilariously, we cannot help seeing mirrored there our own fraught longings, our own fugitive desire, despite everything, to be known.
Enchanting and unusual, Pond will linger long after the last minute.
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By Elizabeth B.Nordlinger on 03-29-18
The narrator was wonderful but the story skippable
Would you try another book from Claire-Louise Bennett and/or Lucy Rayner?
Not by the author but by the narrator
What could Claire-Louise Bennett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
The unknown character wasn't likable or compelling for me. I didn't care about her and her musings were boring.