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Book Title: The Girl in a Swing|
The author of the book: Richard Adams
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 919 KB
Edition: Signet Books
Date of issue: March 1st 1981
ISBN 13: 9780451096623
Read full description of the books The Girl in a Swing:This was a sad and odd sort of ghost story and really it never actually made sense to me on several levels. I don't want to put in spoilers but the 2 people involved do things that lead to tragedy but the actions themselves don't make sense within themselves. I suppose it can be looked at as 2 selfish people who set it all in motion, but still there are gaping holes in the story, the plot...the internal logic.
It does have it's own sort of terror, and that feeling of inevitable doom. I won't say it's bad or a waste of time. It's not a bad read, try it yourself and see what you think.
My attention was recently drawn back to this book and my review. This is a book I read some years ago because some friends (who all liked it) "aimed it at me". I think I'll add a note under a spoiler tag to clarify what I said.
MAJOR SPOILER BELOW:
(view spoiler)[ The book is one of almost profound romance. The two people involved seem to be unbelievably in love. Alan has a compulsive need for a neat and tidy life. He makes a comment about not caring for children. Based on this the love of his life murders her child. (this is of course simplified but it's basically what happens.)
I've never been able to wrap my head around that. This is a crucial plot point. The impending doom that pervades the book and curses character's love story depends on it. The horror found in the book springs from it.
The two people who are supposed to be so totally in love never seem to intuit anything about each the other...or they block it out. K.'s search for redemption feels hopeless and in the end we get the doom we've seen coming.
For me from the act of murdering one's own child to the blindness about each other the plot just seems full of holes. It's not that I don't see Alan's culpability nor K.'s responsibility. It just didn't ring true.
That said, I gave it 3 because it is very well written, very readable and still holds the interest completely. I did read it through and it did provoke the thoughts that you see the result of here. (hide spoiler)]
Read information about the authorAdams was born in Newbury, Berkshire. From 1933 until 1938 he was educated at Bradfield College. In 1938 he went up to Worcester College, Oxford to read Modern History. On 3 September 1939 Neville Chamberlain announced that the United Kingdom was at war with Germany. In 1940 Adams joined the British Army, in which he served until 1946. He received a class B discharge enabling him to return to Worcester to continue his studies for a further two years (1946-48). He took the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1948 and of Master of Arts in 1953.
He was a senior civil servant who worked as an Assistant Secretary for the Department of Agriculture, later part of the Department of the Environment, from 1948 to 1974. Since 1974, following publication of his second novel, Shardik, he has been a full-time author.
He originally began telling the story of Watership Down to his two daughters, Juliet and Rosamund, and they insisted he publish it as a book. It took two years to write and was rejected by thirteen publishers. When Watership Down was finally published, it sold over a million copies in record time in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Watership Down has become a modern classic and won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 1972. To date, Adams' best-known work has sold over 50 million copies world-wide, earning him more than all his other books put together.
As of 1982, he was President of the RSPCA.
He also contested the 1983 general election, standing as an Independent Conservative in the Spelthorne constituency on a platform of opposition to fox hunting.
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