The dust-jacket comes well protected in a cover sleeve. Bookseller: , New York, United States. In a subtly wrought turn of events, Bridget and Frances discover that they have in common what is important to them most: their Following the death of Peter Hansome, his wife Bridget is contacted by Frances Slater, her late-husband's mistress. No obvious damage to the cover, with the dust jacket if applicable included for hard covers. Bookseller: , Gwent, United Kingdom London: Fourth Estate An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers , 2001.
The premise is that 3 is an unstable number the holy trinity aside and circumstances in our lives involving 3 people are to be especially complicated. All overseas shipping is via Airmail. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. Her characters are well-rounded and believable. It is an intriguing evocation of universal instances of triads - mother, father and child; artist, model and painting; heaven, hell and purgatory - and an audacious, and witty, exposition on larger questions about life, death and possible other levels of existence. This is a book I would heartily recommend as an intelligent holiday read. When Peter Hansome dies in a car accident, a number of carefully concealedor perhaps simply wilfully ignoredtruths bubble to the surface.
But in case we haven't, there's the scene of the bonfire, which is entirely superfluous. The trinity in this book is the wife, mistress and favored prostitute of a dead man. I discovered Salley Vickers via a book group read,. I never really cared about them. As these three characters get to know each other better, we are also led into their developing relationships with some others - Painter This is a delightful look at 3 people who were intimately connected with Peter, a rather forlorn character who was killed in a car accident. Previously a university lecturer in English, when not writing she practices as a psychologist and still lectures widely on the connections between literature, psychology and religion.
It's worth the read, but it won't change your life. I wondered if the subtext was about keeping everybody happy in their relationships is the most important aspect of life than how many are involved. There are better books about ways of coping with relationships and death. A small thing perhaps but I would want to encourage more people to take this off the shelves This is a book I would heartily recommend as an intelligent holiday read. Salley Vickers has edged out A.
The rather overused 'show don't tell' comes to mind. Some plot twists and it moves along briskly. And the ghosts of both Hamlet and Peter are introduced to play an edifying role for Bridget, though probably puzzling to the reader. Understated and wise, this very British drawing room novel reminds me of Penelope Lively, in its wit and language. Though the two are from opposite sides of London and meet under the least desirable circumstances, the women become close friends.
Did not feel drawn in by any of the characters and annoyed with the appearance of the dead husband. I hate the cover though. Though the two are from opposite sides of London and meet under the least desirable circumstances, the women become close friends. Bookseller: , Lancashire, United Kingdom London: Fourth Estate, 2001. This is the second book I've read by Vickers and while I am not a religious person by any stretch of the imagination, I appreciate the depth of the messages she delivers in her novels. Both women wish to maintain face by avoiding explicitly addressing the subject in public, but whats perhaps most curious about this is that the status quo that has extended for the past seven years has been maintained. Bookseller: , South Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
Well before I looked at the author's biography I had the feeling of listening in on a series of therapy sessions and, surprise! Both are independent and successful in their own right, and while they partake of his company, there is little sense of their giving themselves over to him. Though the two are from opposite sides of London and meet under the least desirable circumstances, the women become close friends. Bookseller: , Washington, United States Harpercollins Pub Ltd. But the other two Vickers books I've read since have failed to grab me. The beginning of a new understanding for his wife, Bridget, his mistress Frances and, most of all, for Peter himself. I discovered Salley Vickers via a book group read,. One hand it had the dreaded 'everyone lives happily ever after' ending and at times it was very trite.
It didn't sweep me away but it was an interestng and worthwhile read. In a subtly wrought turn of events, Bridget and Frances discover that they have in common what is important to them most: their parallel memories of Peter, killed in a car accident, and the shared reality of his spirit form, haunting them still. Telling the story of Bridget Hansome and Frances Slater, Vickers brings to life a loving marriage and a love affair that exist side by side for years - and continue to reverberate after secretive, generous, sexually prodigal Peter Hansome dies suddenly in a car accident, on his way home from an assignation with yet another lover, about whom neither woman knows. While Frances, a London art dealer and sometime artists' model, gradually makes friends with the older, Shakespeare-loving Bridget, these two unconventional women start to learn the whole truth or almost the whole truth about the man whose death brought them together and whose ghost watches over them still. The biggest criticism I have is that there are a number of circumstances in which the reader is supposed to understand how a character would feel or react, yet the characters are insufficiently developed for the reader to make these connections. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition.
The ending was very touching and the way in which the people in the novel accommodate the multifaceted nature of the other protagonists is really interesting and clever. We get to know Frances and Bridget and Peter and a number greater than 3 of other characters quite well in the course of events. A gracefully tuned feat of the imagination, Salley Vickerss novel is a rare celebration of lifes most intriguing geometries, the love triangle. I particularly enjoyed the literary allusions to Donne and Yeats and oh yes, Shakespeare. However some of the twists were predictable and the story was a bit plodding at times.