©2003 Sebastian Faulks; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
It is about a woman torn between loyalty to her family and her new, but deep, love for another man. It is moving without being sentimental and is at times profound. As it is set in the late 50s and early 60s (against the backdrop of the US presidential race between Kennedy and Nixon), having an affair was even more "not the done thing" than today. It is well observed, atmospheric and, inevitably, sad. Well narrated. The reader has a british accent and his American accents may not sound fine to an American listener, but did the job for me.
Starts really well .... US 1960 McCartyism, interesting characters, bit of Vietnam & WW2 and best of all the JFK vs Nixon presidential race. None of these themes went anywhere and the storyline was consumed in a love story that didn't interest me. To be fair, they rarely do. It is well written and intelligent as you would expect. The narration is OK although I am sure the reader wasn't really called Olga; it was a man.
Looking for something different I thought Sebastian Faulks would be a safe bet, but this was a truly unremarkable book. The diplomat's wife was a poor heroine and her lover short on character. My mind constantly wandered and I had to rewind to pick up the thread of the weak plot that seemed to revolve around the JF Kennedy election campaign. I doggedly listened to the end in the hope that it might liven up. However, I was left wondering if I had missed something vital and should listen again, but I couldn't face it.
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