Arlington Park, Hardback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Amid the leafy avenues and comfortable houses, the residents of Arlington park live out the dubious accomplishments of civilisation: material prosperity, personal freedom, and moral indifference.

Men work, women look after children, and people generally do what's expected of them.

Set over the course of a single rainy day, this novel moves from one household to another, and through the passing hours conducts a deep examination of its characters' lives: of Juliet, enranged at the victory of men over women in family life; of Amanda, warding off thoughts of death with obsessive housework; of Solly, who confronts her own buried femininity in the person of her Italian lodger; of Maisie, despairing at the inevitability with which beauty is destroyed; and of Christine, whose troubled, hilarious spirit presides over Arlington Park and the way of life it represents.




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This is more a series of interconnected short stories than a novel, which was a bit of a disappointment for me. This format means there's a tendency to not really develop each character or situation as well as might be done in a full-length work. Nonetheless, this is pretty good writing, I reckon. It's my first dose of Rachel Cusk and I will look for more of her work.

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