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by Susan Hill

Susan Hill proves once again that she is one of our very best storytellers in this transfixing parable of greed, goodness and an extraordinary miracle.      Tommy Carr was a kind man; Eve had been able to tell that after half an hour of knowing him. There had never been a day when he had not shown her some small kindness and even after the tragic death of their young daughter, their relationship remained as strong as before. Grief takes its toll however, and it's not surprising that by the following Christmas, Tommy is a shadow of his former self, with the look of death upon him. But what happens next is entirely unexpected, not least for the kind man.
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ISBN: 0099555441
ISBN13: 978-0099555445
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Susan Hill
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage Books (August 5, 2014)
Pages: 224 pages
ePUB size: 1260 kb
FB2 size: 1507 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 865
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I really found this a difficult book to like - the characters are dull, everyone seems to be going no where and its all feels a bit lost in time and space. I read it for book club and its really not a book i would recommend.

i do though have a prejudice against characters that accept what unfolds as thought they have not choices - it like life happens to them and they just go with it no questions asked - who lives like that? I mean Tom - the kind man in question gets this ability and its just that accept move on - no investigation no questions... I found that strange, and difficult to believe and this discredited the story for me.

The narrative never really gives a clear idea of time and date or where or when these people are living. it was all a bit odd!

So that's my view - for all you fans of Susan Hill - Sorry
It was many years ago when I was first introduced to Susan Hill the author. My best friend had given me one of her books and I was quickly enthralled with the characters and the story. Since that time I've read nearly every book she has written. This book, like all her other books did not disappoint. My only complaint is that it ended too quickly. Excellent book.
I enjoyed this book very much thank you
A very interesting plot told in simple lyrical language. Enjoyable but not conventional reading.
It has a magical air to it.
Read only 2 recent novellas before this third one, out of the 40-odd books Susan Hill (SH) has published so far, including an ongoing detective series. After this third, I will read more of her books. It is mostly told by Eve in a shy, introverted, tentative way. It takes time to gather pace, but readers learn all the more about living conditions, earnings and hopes in the small industrial English town where events will unfurl. When? The 1930s?

Eve is the older sister of Miriam, who bears child after child, six in all, and hates her life. Eve had a beautiful daughter, who died suddenly aged 3. She and her husband Tommy were shattered. But the pair remains totally devoted to each other, without talking much about the bereavement. When Tommy loses weight and appetite at age 31, the local doctor diagnoses him with advanced stomach cancer, but does not tell him. Instead, he gives him medicines and the advice to let Eve care for him, rather than subjecting himself to further research in hospital.

Early on, Tommy is described by Eve's mother as being decent, caring, clean, calm, loyal, sober, but having "no spark". Telling more would spoil the joy and pleasure for many readers. Just one more clue. Tommy has a miraculous remission and although decried as having no spark, he has mysteriously acquired a strange, fire-related talent...

Written in sparse UK-English prose, this wonderful little book deals with a dying man in a dying town full of hardship and poverty. It deals with good, bad and indifference, love and care and their opposites, gossip, generosity and different types of envy. Highly recommended for its re-reading potential. Reading groups will devour it.
This was my first Susan Hill, (tried on the strong recommendation of a reviewer whose opinions I valued). But it will undoubtedly be my last as well. Throughout the first half of the book I could understand why so many people rated it so highly. Her writing style, plot development, and portrayal of her characters is both graceful and elegant.

But then, after setting the stage with a cast of realistic people that you find yourself beginning to relate to and care about - she suddenly flicks the plot down a nonsensical route that is utterly bizarre and unbelievable. You carry on for a while with this strange development until it seems that the author suddenly awakens to the fact that she doesn't know how to extricate her characters from this strange and improbable cul-de-sac ... so, equally implausibly, she decides to quickly revert back to how things were beforehand.

When I came to the end I just felt like I'd been conned. Authors have to write books to pay the bills, just like the rest of us. For Susan Hill, writing this particular novel must have been her equivalent of waking up on a cold, wet and windy Monday morning in February and knowing you have to get yourself dressed up and out the door in time for work. In the end, she's left us without a single worthwhile idea or thought-provoking viewpoint - she simply teases us with a casual glimpse of her very competent writing style. Perhaps I've got spoiled recently by reading two exceptional novels which had similar sounding themes : Rachel Joyce's "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry", and Gavin Extence's "The Universe Versus Alex Woods". But with these books you walk away feeling, for days afterward, that you've actually learned something helpful regarding this enigma of life that we all share.