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Coral Glynn by Peter Cameron

Coral Glynn (2012)

by Peter Cameron

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Just as delicious as everybody says it is. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
In post-war England, Coral Glynn arrives in a remote country-house to nurse a dying woman. While there, she encounters an odds-and-sods cast of characters who each contribute to the books sense of menace. Part gothic romance, part Agatha Christie, and part psychological study of a young woman unsure of her place in the world.
  vplprl | May 15, 2014 |
The characters left me cold and I was thoroughly uninterested in them. Sorry, would not recommend. ( )
  iicydiamonds | Jan 10, 2014 |
Quiet, mysterious, beautiful, devastating. Makes me think of Forster's "Maurice." ( )
  susanbooks | Aug 1, 2013 |
Coral Glynn is a character that things happen to and around, which strikes me as odd for a title character, for most of the book, she is at the whim of available positions (for in home nursing care) and is fairly powerless in personal situations. She struggles to make decisions and then seems to make them rashly. I found I was as uncertain of her as she was of herself. Some lovely writing. ( )
  Lcwilson45 | Dec 9, 2012 |
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Coral Glynn arrives at Hart House, an isolated manse in the English countryside, early in the very wet spring of 1950, to nurse the elderly Mrs. Hart, who is dying of cancer. Hart House is also inhabited by Mrs. Prence, the perpetually disgruntled housekeeper, and Major Clement Hart, Mrs. Hart’s war-ravaged son, who is struggling to come to terms with his latent homosexuality. When a child’s game goes violently awry in the woods surrounding Hart House, a great shadow—love, perhaps—descends upon its inhabitants. Like the misguided child’s play, other seemingly random events—a torn dress, a missing ring, a lost letter—propel Coral and Clement into the dark thicket of marriage. 

A period novel observed through a refreshingly gimlet eye, Coral Glynn explores how quickly need and desire can blossom into love, and just as quickly transform into something less categorical.  Borrowing from themes and characters prevalent in the work of mid-twentieth-century British women writers, Peter Cameron examines how we live and how we love—with his customary empathy and wit.

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Nursing an elderly cancer patient in an isolated English countryside manse in 1950, Coral interacts with a disgruntled housekeeper and her charge's sexually torn and war-ravaged son until a series of random events culminates in a complicated marriage.… (more)

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