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The Light of Day (2003)

by Graham Swift

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Former London police detective George Webb, "booted off the force" for trying in all the wrong ways to put away the right man, is now a private investigator specializing in matrimonial cases. He has crossed a line with a client, wholly upending his own life. By the close of this remarkable novel, which unfolds over the course of one day in George's life and mind, we will know him intimately from his childhood secrets to his fall from grace as a cop. In its slow and revelatory accumulation of physical and emotional detail, THE LIGHT OF DAY illumines the ambiguities at the heart of the most profound and inexplicable human emotions: fear and hate, love and desire.… (more)
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This is a story of a murder. The main character, George is an ex cop, private investigator, who was hired by Sarah to follow her husband who was having an affair with a refuge. I found the book to be painfully slow and repetitive. The author reveals the story slowly, as is a common, but really, it could have been a lot less pages and it really never goes anywhere. It is a story of one day, the two year anniversary, and is the stream of conscious of the detective, George. I don't feel anything for any of the characters. I really enjoyed his book, Waterland, but this one, not so much. ( )
  Kristelh | Nov 24, 2018 |
Over the course of one day private detective George Webb thinks about his life--the things he has done, the things he has ongoing, his relationships. A disgraced former cop and current private detective, a divorced father of an adult daughter, a man in a relationship of sorts with a former client serving 10 years for murder. A murder he might have stopped had he known it would occur. He himself can't figure out if he should--or how he could--get out of this relationship that consists of visits every 2 weeks.

This book is a bit of a puzzle itself--as George recounts different parts of his past, the reader must fit them all together. The story is not linear, the story is one man thinking about different people and events at different times of his day.

I enjoyed this, though I am sure I missed a few things in trying to piece it all together. ( )
  Dreesie | Nov 23, 2018 |
Minimal Music of the Mind, that's what this book presents you with. Incredibly precise portrait of the thoughts of private detective Webb, during a memorial day, with several flashbacks. The author succeeds in keeping this complicated structure clear enough to be followed by the reader. Whereas the form of this prose is fascinating, the content lacks tension and the plot is rather straightforward. ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
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 |
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Former London police detective George Webb, "booted off the force" for trying in all the wrong ways to put away the right man, is now a private investigator specializing in matrimonial cases. He has crossed a line with a client, wholly upending his own life. By the close of this remarkable novel, which unfolds over the course of one day in George's life and mind, we will know him intimately from his childhood secrets to his fall from grace as a cop. In its slow and revelatory accumulation of physical and emotional detail, THE LIGHT OF DAY illumines the ambiguities at the heart of the most profound and inexplicable human emotions: fear and hate, love and desire.

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