The Game Paperback
by A. S. Byatt
Cassandra is an Oxford don; Julia, her sister, a bestselling novelist.
They share a set of disturbing memories of a strange childhood game and of Simon, the handsome young neighbour who loved them both.
Years later Simon re-enters their lives via a television programme on snakes and intrudes into their uneasy compromise of mutual antagonism and distrust.
The old, wild emotions surge back, demanding and urgent, and this time the game is played out to a fatal finish.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 15/10/1992
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099998402
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Review by Lukerik
Dire and deeply boring.There's a problem with the dialogue and I notice she plays to her strengths at the start by keeping it to minimum, thank God.She writes fairly well and most of her sentences can be understood but she's referencing works that elicit emotional responses. Le Morte Darthur gets me all teary eyed over some guy getting his brain pan cleaved. But it's not enough just to mention it. It doesn't impress me. And is that a ham fisted and abortive attempt at symbolism with the snakes? Don't make me laugh. Certainly don't make me cringe with sympathetic embarrassment at the pretentiousness of it all. The characters are pretentious because the author is.