I've been eyeing my library copy of The Greatcoat, and have been looking forward to the morning I could devote my attention to it. Well, that morning arrived today, and I am gobbling it up, though trying hard now to slow myself down so I can enjoy the wonderful writing.
I'm more than halfway at the moment, but this is a read that you could finish in a single afternoon or long evening. I want to make it last a bit longer. Just so I can think about it.
I have so identified with Isabel's pull to visit the WWII airfield in the village in East Anglia where, in 1952, she and her newly married husband, an intensely busy young physician, have moved after their honeymoon. Isabel, a graduate of university, has been told by the wife of the older doctor in the practice that "bookish types" don't get on well in this village, so she is lonely, though she makes stabs at being a proper young doctor's wife. Yet it is clearly not working well for her. She is just the person to be sensitive to a ghost and to a past that echoes on, especially at the airfield that she visits. She feels the past strongly within what is a rather dim present; and hence, her vulnerability to past lives living on.
So this is a haunting, ghostly tale, that is NOT in the slightest "paranormal." This is a real ghost story of the kinds real people experience in real life.
I am so keenly enjoying it that I will soon try others of Dunmore's oeuvre. I once read the early chapters of The Siege several years ago, but, for some reason, did not finish it.
Do you have a Dunmore novel that you would recommend?
Margaret Millar’s The Listening Walls (1959; 2016)
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