Another Part of the Wood

BOOK EPUB Another Part of the Wood BY Beryl Bainbridge – õ In a remote cottage in Wales two urban couples are spendi

A group of strange people some of them barely know ach other others hate Cannibal each other holiday together in unglamourous surroundings in Wales A lot of unexplained and unspoken irritations Relationships are not what they seem of should be Who is the strange boy Kidney and why did they bring him Guilt The little boy is left to fend for himself with disastrous conseuences Everything simmers until the dramaticnd and then you have to imagine what happend next This gallery of

are very well depicted with and telling uirks and none of them is particularly sympathetic you get the impression that s not xactly on the author s list of priorities With the combination of fractured and broken personalities something awful is bound to happen sooner or later and it is the innocent youngster who takes the brunt of it on the very last page Not recommended for readers in a depressed or highly cynical mood BUT CERTAINLY VERY ACCOMPLISHED I GENERALLY LOVE EVERYTHING WRITTEN certainly very accomplished I generally love verything written Beryl Bainbridge and this was an interesting short piece which both unnerves and unsettles the reader by building up an aura of menace amongst this group of charactersThrown together in the 60 s this group of misfit friends some with partners children and Man, Son of Man even a delinuent friend meet in the Welsh hills for a short holiday spent in forestry cottages under very basic conditionsAs the characters interact and this story felt like it was bordering on andge not dissimilar to Lord of the Flies with hinted at menace and darkness within Once the characters get bored of playing Monopoly and being civil with ach other then they really start to unravel BB s traditionally simple and hugely direct prose is always strangely hypnotic to me and totally absorbing Beryl Bainbridge s second novel and it continues the mood of the first by throwing a bunch of weirdos although the type of weirdos we would recognise perhaps ven in ourselves together into a closed situation at the foot of a Welsh mountain Again the action takes places in the late sixties so some people are up for the changing times than others and the addition of an adolescent with learning disab. In a remote cottage in Wales two urban couples are spending their holiday with an idealistic owner ,

Onseuences although Bainbridge uickly sets several hares runningSet in the arly swinging sixties the permissive zeitgeist the arly Swinging Sixties the permissive Zeitgeist Clearly Not Yet Impinged clearly not yet impinged Bainbridge s odd cast who mostly seem like relics from an Uncommon Wisdom earlier much buttoned up period Yet this is a timeless tale of human alienation and dysfunctional dynamics packed into a short spare narrative whose atmospherexudes dull menace from the outset I was fleetingly reminded Abigail s Party but without the laughs and Lord of the Flies but without the overt savagery The fateful and clearly Telegraphed Denouement Creeps Up denouement creeps up characters too self absorbed to react to what is really going on and so avert tragedyA tale with a shockingly abrupt Unseen City end but disappointingly without anyndgame I wanted Bainbridge to continue for at least another 24 hours unpicking all the recriminations and repercussions which would surely have Art ensued But no she simply puts down her penThere s no doubting the power of the author s sparse style but some of the characterisations areually sparse which makes them an oddly unsympatheic bunch to relate to For me a strange and disconcerting read and ultimately a dissatisfying one Not really sure what to make of this book Characters were unlikeable writing was good though Imagine the whole world with its diversity shrunk into a cottage in woods It is like a society surviving on a tight rope The God Is in the Crowd ego insecurity and loneliness boil beneath the masks of bourgeoisie society Themotions finally give away to the burden of the masks culminating in calamities Beryl s characters were impeccable plucked from diverse strata of the society Oddball characters thrown together in rustic setting Like other Bainbridge novels I ve read the characters seem unable to communicate and understand Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard each other There s some humor here though not as whimsical as her other books A good read with some surprises Bainbridge s writing isxcellent as always The ntire book comes together in the last sentence which was very frustrating I felt the story should have really begun when it was over The writing was average and the plot lacking If you want my opinion give it a miss. The holiday continues their relationships start to show their cracks culminating in a tragic finale.

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Another Part of the WoodIlities provides a feint linkage to The Sound and the Fury by FaulknerMike Leigh s Nuts in May would be another comparison although the humour is far darker and the nding is horrific We see it coming and indeed the dust jacket proclaims that something bad will happen but we are not sure what form it will take and who will be the first to bite the dust Scooby Doo styleThe novel features a game of Monopoly and all the irritation that comes with that a microcosm of society where all the winner needs to do is and all the irritation that comes with that a microcosm of society where all the winner needs to do is go all out in their own interest as others will be only playing half heartedly A motley group two couples a kid a special needs obesity case a couple on site hands roughs it together well there are cabins on holiday in the Welsh woods But as the cold winds blow and an When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) evasive bottle of meds goes rogueverything falls apart This is all likely an No Biggy! elusive allegory key characters are named Balfour Gosling and Roland andven with the hair raising descent into misanthropy and spite there s something very structurally satisfying about the novel In particular a Monopoly board is put out for a game twice and Bainbridge is very deft in detailing how metal pieces are assigned where dice are rolled and who s paying attention I suspect she was the only writer anywhere who could make a board game come alive in fiction Hell ven the one sentence first paragraph Balfour unbearably shy was waiting for them is given symmetric force by the similar final sentence Don T Tempt Yourself t tempt yourself wait for it Inspirational moment People changed and in changing affected others were affected in their turn a continual process of addition and subtraction Cut the communication lines and contact was broken no information could come through If the breach was serious nough the lapse of time long Attracting Birds to Your Backyard enough one could be fired upon by one s own guns Take a clutch of disparate characters out of their usual comfort zones plant them in a primitive woodland camp for an uncomfortably long weekend and watch as their foibles and vulnerabilities collide and interweave with predictably dire conseuences The suspense of the book lies in not knowing uite which Nd his protege At the beginningverything is idyllic but catastrophe lurks behind Deep Listening every tree and as.

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