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Ct to his eager befriending of their girlsThe novel narrated from several points of view most importantly from Jean Luc’s is about being among strangers and being a stranger oneself Writing as always with linguistic élan imaginative flair and an alert ear for dialogue Adam Thorpe allows the comic to occasionally seep through before returning us to the terrifying mysteries that feed at the heart of this thrilling nov. Most of this book is really rather good but then it s all ruined in the last chapter when Thorpe becomes bored of the whole thing and ends up with one of the lamest endings I ve ever read What a waste

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The Standing Pool

An idyllic old farmhouse in France is the background to a gripping story suffused with tensionTwo Oxford historians Johnny and Sarah Thomson take a sabbatical with their three small and lively girls in a remote and beautiful old farmhouse in the hills of Languedoc But the farmhouse has its own histories rather fraught and alive than those the Thomsons are used to dealing with on the pageAs the illusion of Eden retreats. I had some problems deciding how I felt about this one possibly because the author didn t really make his mind up what it was It is the story of a family the Mallinsons who decide to take a six month sabbatical in France Nick is a 50 something university lecturer with a wife Sarah 20 years younger an ex pupil and three young girls They are liberal tolerant and care about the environment They rent a remote cottage from the Sandlers who are not liberal or tolerant and very un pc The house is sort of looked after by Jean Luc a single thirty something who lives with his mother in the nearby village and talks to his dead uncle Fernand Add to the above a dirty swimming pool a mud patch which Jean Luc is supposed to be turning into a lawn a pack of wild boars uncommunicative locals a bunch of hunters and Nick s son from his first marraige a stroppy teenager of 24 and the mix is rather richActually most of the time nothing happens there is a beautifully built sense of unease even menace and the reader becomes aware of lots of possible looming disasters What also develops is an interesting study of family life and the internal workings of a relationship along with an examination of the outsider in society The tentacles of the war still spread throughout the village and its conseuences affect the characters in different waysIn the end Thorpe cannot decide whether this is approaching menace or real horror and there are two endings sort of I just wish he had decided one way or the other

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The Thomsons start to feel the vulnerability of being aliens in this unpredictable wildness While Sarah frets about the danger of the swimming pool and the night time visits of well tusked boars Johnny is concerned by the locals particularly Jean Luc the gardener Is his taste for hammering tiny nails into dolls collecting arcane rubbish and secretly photographing Sarah than a harmless pastime And how should they rea. This novel has a promising start A married couple and their three daughters rent a farmhouse in France to escape the rat race for 6 months It soon becomes apparent to the reader that the gardener Jean Luc is odd in the extreme with a penchant for creating very disturbing sculptures in his bedroom and talking to a long dead uncle There is a feeling that he could turn serial killer at any moment However I kept reading and reading finding it all rather dull and slow and pointless Much much too much talking endless political social and economic discussions all the characters apart from Jean Luc fancy themselves as intellectuals not interesting to me at all and not nearly enough action To be fair it redeemed itself a little in the penultimate chapter when Jean Luc loses the plot MASSIVELY but then the whole escapade is revealed to be just a fantasy What a let down


10 thoughts on “The Standing Pool

  1. says:

    I had some problems deciding how I felt about this one possibly because the author didn't really make his mind up what it was It is the story of a family the Mallinsons who decide to take a six month sabbatical in France Nick is a 50 something university lecturer with a wife Sarah 20 years younger an ex pupil and three young girls They are li

  2. says:

    Thank god Adam Thorpe r

  3. says:

    Ever since I read Ulverton back in the 90's Adam Thorpe has been one of my must read authorsStanding pool is the

  4. says:

    Didn't really enjoy it Skipped the violent bits and the intellectual stuff at the end too

  5. says:

    This novel has a promising start A married couple and their three daughters rent a farmhouse in France to escape the rat race for 6 m

  6. says:

    I was really disappointed this book didn't do better To my mind it's a fabulous read and certainly deserved acclaim that Rose Tremain's Trepass which looks at similar themesA young family take off to south west France for a sabbatical There they realise that they may not be as welcome as they would like and that there are some terrible legacies from the Second World WarGripping and highly recommendedAdam Thorp

  7. says:

    Found this one hard to rate Bits of it were great especially the menace built up in rural Languedoc but also at times I want

  8. says:

    Most of this book is really rather good but then it's all ruined in the last chapter when Thorpe becomes bored o

  9. says:

    Not sure if to continueuite a slow start and not really catching my imaginationI couldn't complete this Did not even deserve one star

  10. says:

    I am a fan of Adam Thorpe's writing and this book is an excellent example of it I didn't entirely enjoy the direction the book went in but the unsettling effect has certainly stayed with me