Robin Black: Life Drawing – Intimacy vs. familiarity

Another lovely station of the marriage-read binge I seem to be hooked on lately, Life Drawing – it’s all in the name – is a delicate painting of the relationships that make up a human being: marriage, parent-child relationship, friendship, all woven together here to create a nuanced picture not many authors can handle with this surprising grace. Robin Black’s cast of characters – all … Continue reading Robin Black: Life Drawing – Intimacy vs. familiarity

Jonathan Dee: The Privileges – A feast of narrative subtleties

A classic narrative about a financial tycoon and his family’s Vogue-worthy life, with the fine observations with which Dee endeared himself with his readers in Palladio, The Privileges is conventional in its style, but so unnervingly unconventional in terms of the most important building block of a novel or in our case, the lack thereof: those neatly tied moral bows that make a book what … Continue reading Jonathan Dee: The Privileges – A feast of narrative subtleties