In the Prince of Wales Hotel and the shabby terraces and tearooms of Westbourne, retired lives run their course - all, in their different ways, anticipating crisis.
©1980 Susan Hill (P)2017 Audible, Ltd.
"A book of considerable perception on power relations within relationships and the long suffering downtrodden"
This book was unusual and on the surface unremarkable, however, upon reflection, between each sitting, the characters become considerable and beautifully drawn. Social niceties of this bygone era are held up to a mirror and shown to be quite ridiculous. However, at the heart of this book is a study of the power relations that go on within families. Parent and child, husband and wife. It illustrates a social shift, between the old and new generations where etiquette and respect are viewed as outdated and irrelevant but where there is also a subtle hint at the danger to society of the new order of things. I really enjoyed this book and feel sad for the protagonists' futures. Thank you Susan Hill
Some light moments
Too much gruff voiced male characters
Too much whinging with the female characters
Spurious additions that did not do much for the theme
I did listen to the end
but was heartily glad when it finished
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