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Summary

The Dark Flood Rises asks momentous questions as it entertains and enthralls. In her beautifully imagined new book, Margaret Drabble is at her incisive best, exploring the end of life with her trademark humour, composure and wisdom.

Francesca Stubbs holds our hand as we take a walk through old age and death. Fran brings us to drinks with her dear friends, dropping off mouth-watering suppers for Claude, her ex-husband, warm and cosy in his infirmity. She visits her daughter, Poppet, holed up as the waters rise in a sodden West Country, and texts her son Christopher in Lanzarote, as he deals with the estate of his shockingly deceased girlfriend. The questions of what constitutes a good death and how we understand it preoccupy this glittering novel.

©2016 Margaret Drabble (P)2016 Bolinda Publishing

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"One of the most versatile and accomplished writers of her generation." ( The New Yorker)
"Reading Margaret Drabble's novels has become something of a rite of passage.... Sharply observed, exquisitely companionable tales." ( The Washington Post)

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There is much about illness, death and ending. A very ruminative book read with an appropriate dry style.

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Love the story, narration is torture

I like the story very much but oh how many times the narrator mispronounce most common-sensical proper names like De Chirico etc so many times. It is my bad to be lazy enough to want to read something narrated by someone, but it really is not a good feeling to know that something of wit and wisdom like Margaret Drabble is read by someone that is not very educated or cultured.

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