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The Light of Day by Graham Swift

The Light of Day (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Graham Swift

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Title:The Light of Day
Authors:Graham Swift
Info:Gardners Books (2004), Paperback
Collections:SMI - ZWI
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The Light of Day by Graham Swift (2003)



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One of the things I always like about Graham Swift is his ability to write about ordinary people and ordinary lives in an extraordinary way. None of the characters in this book are 'special' - though they are bound together by events that are out of the ordinary - but which have their roots in the very ordinary and usual. This is emphasised by Swift's technique, which starts by jump cutting between times and perspectives, elliptically and ambiguously and then as the jigsaw begins to take shape, starts to move into more cohesive narratives, increasing momentum until we reach the end that we have known about since the beginning, but now see in new clarity and detail. Swift writes about the inexplicable nature of love and finishes without any answers, just with endurance.
  otterley | Jan 4, 2015 |
Until I got to the end I wondered why the book was called ‘the light of day’. Was it to suggest an examination of past events with a backward-looking, discriminating eye? It probably suggests more than the optimism and yearning in its final use.

Anyway, it’s a great book, very slow-moving, the enjoyment coming from the reflective tone, the beautifully chosen, apt wording and its sense of continuity and pure examination of what we’re like, what civilisation is and what we want (and don’t want) in life. It may be about an ex-policeman now private detective falling in love with a client who’s in jail for killing her husband but really it’s about what makes us tick. ( )
  evening | Jun 5, 2014 |
This is a sensitively written novel about love that explores not only how it can last and endure, but also how much pain and anguish it can cause. Told through the words of a private investigator and ex-policeman, the story gradually reveals how George was attracted to one of his clients who employed him to investigate her husband’s affair. The tragic consequences of this are paralleled by the revelations and disgrace that lead to George’s earlier dismissal from the police force and his own marriage’s breakdown. However, despite these circumstances Swift draws optimism, through George’s closer relationship with his daughter and his devotion to his client.
  camharlow2 | May 20, 2014 |
Gave this up pretty quickly. I attempted the audio version, so perhaps it translates poorly in that format, but the style made the story entirely impossible to comprehend. I kept checking my ipod to see if it was skipping chapters because there seemed to be no coherent narrative. Just as I thought I had grasped whatever the protagonist was rattling on about, the focus and topic seemed to shift to something else. Perhaps some people find this sort of storytelling gymnastics compelling, but it felt like trying to carry on a conversation with someone suffering from profound dementia.
  PortM | Nov 30, 2013 |
Chose this book from Soffitta1's 1001-VBB. Look forward to read it!
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
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In The Light of Day, Booker Prize-winning author Graham Swift takes readers into the mind of an ex-cop turned private investigator, who mulls over his relationship with a former client jailed for murdering her husband. In classic noir fashion, Webb has fallen for his client and anxiously awaits her release. Moreover, Webb had been called in to track the husband's affair, and Webb's role in the crime remains dubious. Swift's novel is somewhat in the vein of stream-of-consciousness style; Webb's thoughts are described, as they take place throughout a single day, in no particular order and without adhering to any strict plot structure. The novel's strength is indeed its structure: it is based not on chronology but as if on a sort of emotional resonance, with Webb's thoughts and preoccupations providing the novel with a depth not normally found in traditional detective novels. As an example, Swift writes of Webb's recollection of tailing the husband, after he had ended the affair and put his ex-lover on a plane:
He headed back towards the car park. In his shoes what would I have done? Found some spot that looked out on the runways? Pressed my nose against cold glass? All those taxiing lights. All those trundling planes, the people inside them like mere possibilities. At night it's hard to follow....
Webb is a fallible gumshoe who doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve, but, thanks to Swift's deft prose, has the range of his emotions revealed as he looks toward the future and contemplates his past actions in The Light of Day. --Michael Ferch

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Traces a day in the life of divorced private investigator George Webb as he evaluates his past as a police officer, unpromising prospects, and all-consuming relationship with a former client.

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