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A Dead Language

by Peter Rushforth

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a charming book ( )
  pjpjx | Oct 26, 2010 |
Peter Rushforth’s first novel, Kindergarten, was published in 1979 to great acclaim. Twenty-five years later he returned to thrill us all with the epic novel Pinkerton’s Sister, which was an outstanding book about the day in the life of Alice, a madwoman who lived in her wealthy family’s attic.

In 2005 Rushforth finished A Dead Language, which is the sequel to Pinkerton’s Sister. In fact, it was to be the second in a quintet but sadly, Rushforth passed away whilst walking the Yorkshire Moors with some friends. Dead Language is about Alice’s brother, Ben, and his story skips back and forth between past and present with surprising ease.
We read a bout Ben’s harrowing journey through adolescence into manhood, and how his father torments him mercilessly for being ‘as pretty as a girl’ and for blushing and being naturally musically talented.

Rushforth’s storytelling technique is extremely lavish, and he never used one word when 12 would do better! This is a book to be read slowly and each page should be savoured. ( )
1 vote kehs | Nov 2, 2008 |
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These books marked a literary reawakening from Rushforth after a quarter-century hiatus from novel-writing.
 
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Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton - the faithless young naval lieutenant who abandons Madam Butterfly - was glimpsed fleetingly in Peter Rushforth's previous novel, "Pinkerton's Sister". Now Ben steps out of the shadows and into the centre of the stage, a young man haunted by the desolation of his boyhood years, unable to show or respond to love. He's about to sail for Japan. But his imminent departure conjures up the life he and his sister have led, and the monstrous act for which he is most remembered: the rejection and destruction of a pure and loving heart. What happened to him then will mark his whole life. He is his own man, but he is also his sister's brother. Once again, in his mastery of language, his extraordinary imagination, his superb sense of time and place, Peter Rushforth has given the world a second masterpiece, ranking alongside, or surpassing, his earlier triumph.

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Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton - the faithless young naval lieutenant who abandons Madam Butterfly - was glimpsed in Peter Rushforth's previous novel, 'Pinkerton's Sister'. Now Ben steps out of the shadows and into the centre of the stage, a young man haunted by the desolation of his boyhood years, unable to show or respond to love. Originally publish.… (more)

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