Welcome! Log in or Register

Swimming Home - Deborah Levy

  • image
£0.01 Best Offer by: amazon.co.uk marketplace See more offers
1 Review

Author: Deborah Levy / Paperback / 176 Pages / Book is published 2012-09-10 by Faber and Faber

  • Sort by:

    * Prices may differ from that shown

  • Write a review >
    How do you rate the product overall? Rate it out of five by clicking on one of the hearts.
    What are the advantages and disadvantages? Use up to 10 bullet points.
    Write your reviews in your own words. 250 to 500 words
    Number of words:
    Write a concise and readable conclusion. The conclusion is also the title of the review.
    Number of words:
    Write your email adress here Write your email adress

    Your dooyooMiles Miles

    1 Review
    Sort by:
    • More +
      02.09.2013 13:37
      Very helpful
      1 Comment



      Highly recommended short literary novel.

      A beautiful young woman, Kitty Finch - botanist, erratic, mentally disturbed and often naked - interrupts a family's summer holiday with their friends at a villa in Nice.

      Poet Joe and war correspondent Isabel are on holiday with their teenage daughter Nina and their own friends Laura and Mitchell. They discover Kitty floating just under the surface of their villa pool one day and somehow Isabel finds herself inviting Kitty to stay.

      The novel has some grating issues: Kitty just shouldn't be so readily accepted into the holiday home of Joe, Isabel and Nina Jacobs and their friends. Once there and her oddities become apparent, it's hard to see how anyone would have let her stay. All the characters have their quirks and oddities, but amongst them Nina's seem the most anachronistic: why would any 14-year-old girl seek solace in the company of a young woman she finds strange and dislikes, particularly for the influence she sees she has over her father? For these reasons I shouldn't have liked the novel; but instead I really enjoyed it.

      It's a short novel and I felt compelled to finish it in two sittings. If I hadn't had other things to do I would have read it in one. It's a captivating read. Beautifully written. Poetical in places, which suits the poetical theme running with Joe (famous poet) and Kitty (big fan of Joe's and wannabe poet). Eloquent prose mirrors the sadness of the novel and the desperateness of the lives of all of the main characters. The portrayal of depression, of emotional and psychological instability, of loss and desire and escapism is very clever. Symbolism and clever use of imagery runs throughout and the novel's themes left me thinking about them for some time after I had finished the book.

      It was an excellent choice for the Booker shortlist in 2012; a very good literary read and I can highly recommend it.


      Login or register to add comments

    Products you might be interested in