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  1. says:

    I had some problems deciding how I felt about this one possibly because the author didn't really make his mind up what it was It is the story of a family the Mallinsons who decide to take a six month sabbatical in

  2. says:

    Thank god Adam Thorpe returns to form with this exuisite novel set in the milieu I know only too well the back country of beloved France It has the usual scenario of a family living in a deserted farmhouse when you just know their peace is about to be shattered But it's the way he has with words There's no showing off in this one Having found his novel Still to be too clever long winded and ultimately unsatisfying this bodes well for the

  3. says:

    Ever since I read Ulverton back in the 90's Adam Thorpe has been one of my must read authorsStanding pool is the story of a Cambridge intellectual family who are taking a 6 month sabbatical in the Languedoc region of France to research and write up their booksessays on AfricaNick the father of the family is in his fifties and being overtaken by a younger set at University never uite achieving Professorship He is suffer

  4. says:

    Didn't really enjoy it Skipped the violent bits and the intellectual stuff at the end too

  5. says:

    This novel has a promising start A married couple and their three daughters rent a farmhouse in France to escape the rat race for 6 months It soon becomes apparent to the reader that the gardener Jean Luc is odd in the extreme with a penchan

  6. says:

    I was really disappointed this book didn't do better To my mind it's a fabulous read and certainly deserved acclaim that Rose Tremain's Trepass which looks at similar themesA young family take off to south west France for a sabbatical There they realise that they may not be as welcome as they would like and that there are some terrible legacies from the Second World WarGripping and highly recommendedAdam Thorpe video

  7. says:

    Found this one hard to rate Bits of it were great especially the menace built up in rural Languedoc but also at times I wanted to strangle the two sets of Brits so maybe that ok too Academics and art collectors but in the end he spoilt it all by his over the top ending I think he maybe got bored

  8. says:

    Most of this book is really rather good but then it's all ruined in the last chapter when Thorpe becomes bored of the whole thing and ends up with one of the lamest endings I've ever read What a waste

  9. says:

    Not sure if to continueuite a slow start and not really catching my imaginationI couldn't complete this Did not even deserv

  10. says:

    I am a fan of Adam Thorpe's writing and this book is an excellent example of it I didn't entirely enjoy the direction the book went in but the unsettling effect has certainly stayed with me

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Summary æ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Adam Thorpe

An idyllic old farmhouse in France is the background to a gripping story suffused with tensionTwo Oxford historians Johnny and Sarah Thomson take a sabbatical with The Standing Epubtheir three small and lively girls in a remote and beautiful old farmhouse in the hills of Languedoc But the farmhouse has its own histories rather fraught and alive than those the Thomsons are used to dealing with on the pageAs the illusion of Ed. Thank god Adam Thorpe returns to form with this exuisite novel set in the milieu I know only too well the back country of beloved France It has the usual scenario of a family living in a deserted farmhouse when you just know their peace is about to be shattered But it s the way he has with words There s no showing off in this one Having found his novel Still to be too clever long winded and ultimately unsatisfying this bodes well for the future Thorpe is among a handful of genuinely interesting English writers who consistently deliver entertaining fare

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Y react to his eager befriending of their girlsThe novel narrated from several points of view most importantly from Jean Luc’s is about being among strangers and being a stranger oneself Writing as always with linguistic élan imaginative flair and an alert ear for dialogue Adam Thorpe allows the comic to occasionally seep through before returning us to the terrifying mysteries that feed at the heart of this thrilling nove. Found this one hard to rate Bits of it were great especially the menace built up in rural Languedoc but also at times I wanted to strangle the two sets of Brits so maybe that ok too Academics and art collectors but in the end he spoilt it all by his over the top ending I think he maybe got bored

Summary æ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Adam Thorpe

En retreats the Thomsons start to feel the vulnerability of being aliens in this unpredictable wildness While Sarah frets about the danger of the swimming pool and the night time visits of well tusked boars Johnny is concerned by the locals particularly Jean Luc the gardener Is his taste for hammering tiny nails into dolls collecting arcane rubbish and secretly photographing Sarah than a harmless pastime And how should the. I was really disappointed this book didn t do better To my mind it s a fabulous read and certainly deserved acclaim that Rose Tremain s Trepass which looks at similar themesA young family take off to south west France for a sabbatical There they realise that they may not be as welcome as they would like and that there are some terrible legacies from the Second World WarGripping and highly recommendedAdam Thorpe video