Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
“Let me tell you what I have done since I left you”, Bruno
says to Elena in one of the five stories in this new novel from Sebastian Faulks.
When people leave our lives, we try to fill that gap no matter how much we
loved them or miss them; so when – or if – they return, can they get back
into our lives? Can life be the same again?
With wonderful writing, particularly when describing
Geoffrey and Anya, Faulks prompts some uncomfortable questions for
readers. In Geoffrey’s story a decade passes with ease, just like in life,
and in Anya’s story there is a brilliant passage of how a man can be fooled
by love or possibly lust. A sometimes disturbing novel, as Faulks explores
the characters in what is effectively the story of five different lives
stretching over centuries, he questions who is living our lives – do we
have control over our destiny? Is it better to have loved and lost than never
to have loved at all? This is a brilliant and clever novel.