From the book jacket: Set in England against the backdrop of World War II, this is a story of pursuit: of stolen goods, of missing years, and
of one womans forgotten history
From the book jacket: Seventy-two-year-old Winniehomeless and abandoned time and again by those shes trustedwould say shes no trouble. She is content to let the days go by, minding her own business, bothering no one. Winnie would rather not recall the past and at her age doesnt see much point in thinking about the future. But she is catapulted out of her exile when a young girl robs her of her suitcase and her wigWinnies only material possessions. With nothing else to show for her life, these few pieces are irreplaceable to her; she wants them back.
Winnie then embarks on a journey to find the thief, and what begins as a search for stolen belongings becomes the rediscovery of a stolen life. As she pieces together the fragments of her life, her once secluded world begins to fill with people and Winnie recognizes after all these years, she has not escaped from her life at all: she has been circling it, and must now come to terms with it.
Comment: This is a wonderful, poetic book. I felt like I was reading it through a fog - I knew there were shapes out there but couldn't be quite sure what they all were - until they eventually came into focus. This is a book to read slowly so as to gather the full impact of each word and each image. Azzopardi doesn't spell things out, you have to sift through the subtleties.
'Azzopardis forte is a seductive, supple prose that darts from sensuous evocation of people and places to blissful reverie to haunting moments of loneliness. . . .Another sign of a talented wordsmith on the rise.' -- Dan Cryer, Newsday
This review is from the March 2, 2005 issue of BookBrowse Recommends. Click here to go to this issue.
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