by Dan Rhodes
Miyuki Woodward, lover of pints and Pot Noodles, has been spending holidays in the same Welsh seaside town for years.
She loves the wet walks, she loves The Anchor and most of all she loves the pub-quiz. This year, following an act of raw creativity involving some cans of gold spray paint, Miyuki will take part in the most turbulent events the village has seen since Tall Mr Hughes returned from the pub toilet without remembering to button up.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/03/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781847670489
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Review by SmithSJ01
This started okay for me and I didn't expect to give it more than 3 stars to be honest. However, the second half of the book was much improved and we got to know the characters a bit more. Every year, for two weeks, Miyuki leaves her lover Grindl at home and visits the same seaside village. The locals know who she is but nothing about her. This year she decides to do something different which starts a chain of events that seem to change Miyuki.An ambiguous ending (or so I thought) leaves you to wonder a lot. This really works in this case. The characters are so stereotypical of a local pub, it's fabulous. The novel is driven by the characters rather than the plot and I can why it was a little slow to begin with as they need to be drawn out for the reader to understand. A good short novel. One worth reading but not necessarily one that would make me seek out his other work.
Review by HeikeM
Miyuki, half japanese/half welsh, spends two weeks of every year in a remote welsh village, a holiday away from her partner and life. The "action" happens mainly in the village pub, The Anchor, and the nearby coast. I say action, there isn't much of that. But still, there is a story, mainly driven forward by the sparse dialogue in the pub with the few regulars and in Miyuki's head giving us small glimpses into her life as well as the life of the few villagers we meet. And bit by bit we assemble our own version of the story. It is a little bit sweet for my taste, a little bit twee, but nevertheless beautifully written. It is warm, gentle, a little bit sad but lacks what I am looking for: challenge.