- Allen & Unwin
- Publication Date:
- 01 July 2011
- Modern & Contemporary
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Reading this is like sitting down with someone much older and much wiser who has a lot of things to say about life and love and women. Of course, whether or not that person is actually qualified to talk on these things is another matter, but he comes across as very credible, if you don't know too much about life, and love, and women.There are parts of this novel that you want to copy out and share with friends, so touching and apparently authentic are the observations. Ultimately, Miller is playing a sockpuppet game here, mixing up the story of the writing of the story with the story itself, and then [SPOILER ALERT] mixing in another perspective on the story right at the end. It's no Atonement, but it does do interesting things with the role of the writer in the story of a love affair gone strange.Personally, i found John's reaction to Sabiha's pregnancy problem a little... too understanding. But that's just me.
This didn’t blow me away at first - it’s a quiet, gentle novel – but I must say it grew on me afterwards as I reflected on it. Well worth reading.The title suggests this will be a simple love story but it’s much more complex than that. The opening paragraph struck me as dull, disappointing and flat, but I came to realize it was actually heavy with meaning – a perfect start!The core story is set in Paris, but it’s not the Paris we’re familiar with it – it’s on the ‘wrong side of the tracks', the Paris of immigrant workers. All the characters are outsiders, conflicted, partly seduced by Paris but with their heartland somewhere else.
I enjoyed the beginning of this novel, but found it just got slower and slower. This possibly matched how Sabiha and John's relationship starts to slow down/falter. Possibly I didn't enjoy it because I didn't like Sabiha much - I thought she was mean and selfish.
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