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by Rose Tremain

Set among the hills and gorges of southern France, Trespass is a thrilling novel about disputed territory, sibling love and devastating revenge, by the bestselling author of The Road Home, winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction.In a silent valley stands an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel. Its owner is Aramon Lunel, an alcoholic so haunted by his violent past that he's become incapable of all meaningful action, letting his hunting dogs starve and his land go to ruin. Meanwhile, his sister, Audrun, alone in her modern bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life.Into this closed Cévenol world comes Anthony Verey, a wealthy but disillusioned antiques dealer from London. Now in his sixties, Anthony hopes to remake his life in France, and he begins looking at properties in the region. From the moment he arrives at the Mas Lunel, a frightening and unstoppable series of consequences is set in motion.Two worlds and two cultures collide. Ancient boundaries are crossed, taboos are broken, a violent crime is committed. And all the time the Cévennes hills remain, as cruel and seductive as ever, unforgettably captured in this powerful and unsettling novel, which reveals yet another dimension to Rose Tremain's extraordinary imagination.

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ISBN: 0701177942
ISBN13: 978-0701177942
Category: Literature
Author: Rose Tremain
Language: English
Publisher: Chatto & Windus; 1st Edition edition (April 5, 2010)
Pages: 320 pages
ePUB size: 1689 kb
FB2 size: 1572 kb
Rating: 4.3
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Condensed into a novel as this story is one could be forgiven into believing the French countryside, often referred to as "la France Profonde" is populated by backward loonies. The fact is that many countries that have big open spaces attract such individuals whose perspectives on life are far removed from those who live in the more populated societies, which they have deliberately shunned. The characters in this book are well developed providing a deliberate contrast between those who are on the treadmill (Anthony Verey and his best friend Lloyd) and those who are not (Audrun and her brother Aramon). No, this is not a pretty story but the author tempers the sinister greed and deeds of both Audrun and Aramon with the very real and contemporary issue of foreigners buying up collapsing French property. Rose Tremain is a consummate story teller, here no exception the only aspect I found dreary was far too much reference and reverting to the past of the main characters. There are too many memories that jump in and trip the story up - I'd suggest, an excess. But the descriptions of the locations are deliberately designed to draw the difference between the crowded countryside of England and the rural expanses of France, which to so many, this reader included have a romance and quality of life that is unique.
A very English novel set mostly in France, with a complex plot about two pairs of siblings and disputes about real estate. It contains incest and murder but there's a lot of subtle humor. Rose Tremain likes to have fun with the language of sales catalogs, gardening books, and real estate listings. There is some stereotyping of the French characters (crafty brutal peasants, officious bureaucrats, greedy realtors, ostentatious aristos, elegant Parisiennes, xenophobic provincials) from an English point of view. Anthony, the gay English antique dealer (and Lloyd his very dear friend) perhaps conform to some American stereotypes of Englishness. A lot of expertise about the South of France, the Cevennes, Avignon, antiques, silk production and ponies.
This is a beautifully written tale that weaves a spell. I was enthralled with Tremain's ability to cut to the heart of the matter. The characters are well developed and leap off the page. It was an exceptional read. I highly recommend it.
Another great read by Rose Tremain. Good story, great writing; everything I have come to expect from her novels.
If you like anything she has written, you will not be disappointed by this one.
This is a page turner. The characters are wonderfully sculpted and examined for who they are and how they interact with each other. There are moments of surprise. There is much to ponder at the end. Rose Tremain is a master wordsmith. Excellent!
read the reviews on this one--I didn't really embrace it --a 2-3 of 5 star--but then few are really superb right? no I'd not recommend.
A very well written mystery which slowly unfolded by drawing brilliant images of a wide spectrum of interesting characters and their lives and histories. Very gripping and thought provoking. I really enjoyed this novel.
Trespass was a unique novel. Very well written, it was succinct and intriguing. Descriptive landscape and characters made for an interesting read. The book was the right length for the story being told, certainly a credible plot.I hope there will be more books written by Rose Tremain. It was a worthwhile Amazon purchase! FTD