Kissing the Gunner's Daughter - Ruth Rendell Reviews
Description:ISBN 0099233819 / Author: Ruth Rendell / Genre: Crime / Thriller
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by - written on 11/11/06, updated on 11/11/06 (Very useful, 218 readings)
It's well known today that with x-rays we can see beneath the surface of old paintings and find out what previous material existed on the canvas, a "shadow painting", perhaps, or the sketches the artist made, the false starts, the wrong turnings, the people who were painted over, or painted out. In some cases, we can see how the conception of a work has changed in the artist's mind over months or years, giving us a glimpse of the artistic process. What is less well known is that something like this exists in literature. The University of Texas, and other rich institutions in America where they teach "creative writing", will pay for the ... Read the complete review
by - written on 08/02/06 (Very useful, 88 readings)
NB: The title of the book is Kissing (not Killing) the Gunner's Daughter - dooyoo have made a mistake here. Introduction Ruth Rendell is probably one of the most prolific crime fiction authors around. Over the years, I have learned to be wary of her work; generally it is well-written, but she has published the occasional stinker and I do tend to borrow books from the library rather than buy. On the whole though, I usually enjoy the Wexford series – I certainly thought that this book was very good and think it compares well with her other books. The author Ruth Rendell has written a number of crime fiction novels, starting in 1964 with From ... Read the complete review
by - written on 09/09/01, updated on 09/09/01 (Useful, 62 readings)
How did "kissing the gunners daughter" get to be a bestseller? That is the biggest mystery about this alleged novel. I don't know much about Ruth Rendell's writing, having only read one book of Inspector Wexford short stories which I enjoyed. I was expecting to enjoy this too, knowing that a lot of her stories have been televised, but it was terrible. I managed to trudge my way through the confused writing, which was tedious and repetitive, the scene changing all the time with no warning, dialogues being interrupted with long rambling thoughts of the inspectors which had nothing to do with anything and then resuming when you'd forgotten what they Read the complete review
by - written on 04/07/00, updated on 09/11/00
Before I review, I will satisfy your curiousity and explain that kissing the Gunner's daughter was not the happy experience it sounds - it was a 18 / 19 century Royal Navy practice of spread-eagling lads deemed too young to be properly flogged over the cannon for a beating! Now read on .... This is a long novel, and while longevity isn't at all a bad quality, Ruth Rendell has proven repeatedly that her tight, densely structured mysteries function best in shorter, more compact versions. Contrast "Kissing the Gunner's Daughter," a massive 380-page novel with earlier Wexfords like "Shake Hands Forever" and "Death Notes," ... Read the complete review
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