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Grasshopper by Barbara Vine

Grasshopper (2000)

by Barbara Vine

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Of all the plotless, self-indulgent, meandering, drag-as-many-outlandish-character-names-in-as-possible books I have read by Barbara Vine, I think this is the very worst ( )
  jayne_charles | Aug 28, 2010 |
I loved this book. A coming-up-age story with electricity. Literally. ( )
  karenzukor | Jul 16, 2010 |
ein Buch übers Erwachsenwerden, Träume und die große Liebe: Das Buch erzählt die Geschichte von einem Mädchen, das bei einem "Jugend-Streich" seine erste große Liebe und damit jegliche Ziele und den Sinn seines Lebens verliert.
Durch die Bekanntschaft mit einer Clique in London, die zur Rebellion gegenüber der Gesellschaft und zur Selbstverwirklichung auf den Dächern herumklettert, lernt die Protagonistin einiges übers Leben, Freundschaft, Verlust und die wahre Liebe.
Das Buch hat mich durch die einfühlsame Erzählweise und die ungewöhnliche Handlung fasziniert. Für alle Leser, die ungewöhnliche Stories lieben und nicht aufgehört haben, zu träumen!
  r1hard | Nov 22, 2009 |
A departure for Rendell/Vine who usually writes superb murder mysteries. I find the writing here superior to her mystery work, she takes chances and uses her skill at getting in her character's heads to tracing the mental illness brought on by a teenagers shame over her guilt in a friend's death towards resolution. ( )
  Laura5Burgess | Aug 1, 2009 |
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A new novel from Barbara Vine (or Ruth Rendell, her alter ego) is always cause for celebration, and in this exceptional psychological thriller, she displays all her mastery of craft to draw the reader into an unfamiliar world. She paints a vivid picture of the roots of obsession in the history of a young woman whose love of high places has been marked by tragedy, guilt, and exile from her family's home.

Clodagh Brown has always been frightened by enclosed spaces and loved climbing, a phobia and passion that resulted in the death of her high school sweetheart. As a college student living in the basement of a distant relative's home in Maida Vale, a slightly shabby London neighborhood, she encounters a group of peers who share both of these psychological quirks and introduce her to the steep rooftops of her new surroundings. Clodagh soon falls in love with Silver, a young man whose top-floor apartment across from her flat houses a diverse and fascinating group of people. Their youthful idealism and moral certainties are often at odds with conventional values and legal niceties. While Clodagh and Silver carry the story, their peers present ample opportunities for Vine to showcase her talent for imagining a multiplicity of lives and personas--from Liv, the Swedish au pair who can clamber over rooftops like a mountain goat but is terrified of what awaits her on level ground, to Jonny, whose pathological need to dominate the others, particularly Liv, leads to the shocking and tragic denouement. When the climbers chance upon a top-floor flat where a couple and their adopted mixed-race son are hiding from the authorities (who would remove the child from their care), Vine's ability to alter pace without sacrificing story or character really stands out. Grasshopper is an acutely drawn, immensely satisfying book. --Jane Adams

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Clodagh was nineteen when her parents packed her off to college and a relative's house in north London. She falls for Michael Silverman who plays host to a strange crew of young drop-outs. It was a happy time until the moment they looked into a window and saw a scene that was to lead to tragedy.… (more)

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