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The Quiet Woman by Christopher Priest
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The Quiet Woman (1990)

by Christopher Priest

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It reminded me of The Leftovers, by Tom Perotta, because there's mention of a catastrophe that has happened - an accident at a nuclear power plant in this case - but it never leaves the background, it's just an unsettling event that triggers the plot and creates the setting, but it never takes the center stage.
The book's very short and it alternates points of view - most of it is 3rd person and these are the parts that focus on Alice, a writer whose latest book manuscript has been confiscated by Home Office for reasons unknown, some parts are a very unreliable first person, Gordon Sinclair, the son of Eleanor (an elderly writer, antinuclear activist and a friend of Alice, who is murdered in mysterious circumstances). Eleanor's voice is heard as well in 2 letters she writes to Alice.
This is actually a dystopia of a more subtle kind - apparently nothing is wrong but there's talk of radioactive poisoning, there's censorship and there's just something amiss with Priest's English society.
You have to read a lot between the lines, there are many things hinted at, about the plot, the general state of affairs and the characters themselves.
The book's certainly not gripping, but nevertheless interesting, in a quiet way. ( )
1 vote LauraM77 | Jun 28, 2016 |
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Alice Stockton se dépêcha d'entrer pour s'abriter de la pluie et atteindre le téléphone avant l'arrêt de la sonnerie.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0809510634, Paperback)

After a Chernobyl-like accident at a fast breeder reactor on the north coast of France, Britain is shrouded in radioactive fall-out. When her best friend is murdered, a young writer is forced to make sense of the deadly world she now occupies.

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After a Chernobyl-like accident at a fast breeder reactor on the north coast of France, Britain is shrouded in radioactive fallout. When her best friend is murdered, a young writer is forced to make sense of the deadly world she now occupies.

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