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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
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odlican stil pisanja,uzivanje citati,ali nisam bila raspolozena za sporo citanje,radnja se vuce,ovo je knjiga koju treba duze citati i ne zuriti,,, ( )
  ceca78 | Apr 10, 2016 |
Again, a gem, a little flickering diamond, an (almost) everyday story but told, unfold, wrapped and unwrapped in the simple but stylish way that became in later novels the trademark of the author. The inevitable drama of falling in love told in multiple ways, turning lives inside out. The complexity of marriage, or should it rather be the simplicity of it but combined with the complexity of the human nature? Hard to tell, even harder to understand, certainly when observing strangers. Or are we all strangers to one another?
Observations on how all these emotions can shape a life, can break it, can end it. Or just turn them inside out. Beautiful. ( )
  Lunarreader | Mar 27, 2016 |
The book is structured in a really non-linear way that made it a lot of work to read. I didn't find the takeaway to be worth the labor. It has some nice stuff in it about the heaviness of love and Graham Swift is clearly capable of communicating that well, but nope nope. ( )
  ahovde01 | Mar 22, 2016 |
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.
1 vote 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. ( )
1 vote evening | Jun 5, 2014 |
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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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