Monday February 24, 2020

Earthy novel from a fertile imagination

{ "b" : "That We Might Never Meet Again," , "cite" : "by Philip Robinson, Faber, €15.80."}

27th August, 2005

{ "b" : "That We Might Never Meet Again," , "cite" : "by Philip Robinson, Faber, €15.80."}

Philip Robinson's first novel is difficult to appraise without recourse to comparisons. The claustrophobic rural setting, the measured pace of the narrative, the finely wrought character studies, and even the title, recall McGahern; the slow, suffocating dismantling of domestic ordinariness towards a terrible denouement bears echoes of McEwan.

And the tussle in the sculpture garden between the elusive, unnamed gardener and Lucia,...

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