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Portobello by Ruth Rendell

Portobello (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Ruth Rendell

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Authors:Ruth Rendell
Info:Arrow (2009), Edition: Paperback, 376 pages
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Tags:contemporary, novel, detective fiction, british author

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Portobello by Ruth Rendell (2008)


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strange mystery many dysfunctional people set in London's Rd — eating sweet addiction

On a shopping trip, Eugene Wren came across an envelope containing money. Rather than report the matter to the police, he wrote a note and stuck it up on lamppost near his house: found in Chepstow Villas, a sum of money between 80 and 160 pounds. Anyone who has lost such a sum should apply to the phone number below.
  christinejoseph | Jul 12, 2017 |
I enjoyed this examination of obsession in many forms and how the fixation of each character dovetailed with the others. The setting is district of Portobello and its varied residents. I loved the tongue-in-cheek humour. In the new-found dignity of Portobello elite, the pub is to be renamed because no one knows who The Earl of Lonsdale was. The favoured new name is The Slug and Lettuce. This story with its widely diverse characters in an iconic neighbourhood is possibly my favourite Rendell. ( )
1 vote VivienneR | Jul 9, 2015 |
I thought that I would be reading a crime fiction. At 32 pages, I have only seen intricate character descriptions. This marks the first time that I have considered the negative side of the word intricate. I chose that adjective because it was on the dust cover, and I cannot be bothered to think any more about this work. ( )
  bsiemens | Apr 6, 2015 |
The English market on Portobello Road is the focal point for the interwoven lives that make up this novel. Eugene Wren is very secretive. So secretive he (secretly) wonders whether he should propose to his doctor girlfriend, Ella. Eugene is afraid she will discover his growing addiction to a certain flavor of sugar-free sweet.

The plot escalates when Eugene finds an envelope containing quite a bit of money and puts an advert in the paper to try to find the owner. Lance, a pathetic young man with delusions of criminality, seizes the opportunity to case Eugene's home for later robbery. Meanwhile Ella delivers the money to its proper owner, Joel, who has recently had a near death experience and has begun to see things and hear voices.

I found this novel charming. The writing and story-telling is truly on point at all times. I immediately loved the characters (or loved to hate them) and was fascinated by their bizarre inner lives. Funny, odd, sometimes creepy, but ultimately satisfying. ( )
  Juva | Apr 5, 2015 |
There's no mystery about the murder, but Portobello is a novel full of interesting characters whose lives intersect. Not everyone will get a happy ending, but enough of them do. ( )
  JalenV | Mar 11, 2015 |
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sfeervol met suspenseAlweer een geweldig boek van Ruth Rendell, naast een prachtig beeld van de Londense wijk Portobello heeft ze een geweldig portret geschreven van een aantal mensen wier levens verstrikt raken.Het is nauwelijks een misdaadroman, al komen er wel moorden in voor. Het zijn vooral prachtige beschrijving van eenzame, obsessieve mensen in het moderne Londen. Bovendien weet ze weer alle touwtje op een geweldige manier aan elkaar te knopen zodat je wil blijven doorlezen.
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Walking to the shops one day in London's Notting Hill, fifty-year-old Eugene Wren discovers an envelope on the street bulging with cash. A man plagued by a shameful addiction, Wren hatches a plan to find the money's rightful owner. Instead of going to the police, or taking the cash for himself, he prints a notice and posts it around Portobello Road. This ill-conceived act creates a chain of events that links Wren to other Londoners--people afflicted with their own obsessions and despairs. As these volatile characters come into Wren's life--and the life of his trusting fiancée--the consequences will change them all.… (more)

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