William Trevor î 6 Free downloadDelightful little novel from very early in Trevor s career
*1965 Unexpectedly Funny Yet Still With Trevor S Usual Lonely *Unexpectedly funny yet still with Trevor s usual lonely Also surprising is Trevor s effective use "of a third person omniscient narrator with the perspective changing from character to character sometimes even "a third person omniscient narrator WITH THE PERSPECTIVE CHANGING FROM CHARACTER TO CHARACTER SOMETIMES the perspective changing from character to character sometimes the same paragraph In most of the Trevor fiction I ve ead he focuses on a single character But THE BOARDING HOUSE is about community specifically the tiny community of the boarding house and this form of narration creates almost a chorus of voices that eally brings out the charact Set in a South London suburb in 1964 the novel is an ensemble piece focusing on the lives and concerns of the esidents of Mr Bird s boarding house the sort of traditional establishment that is fast going out of fashion due to the ise in bedsits and flat shares At first Mr Bird s tenants appear to be a disparate bunch each person possessing their own individual characteristics and personality traits However it soon becomes clear that they are all solitary figures mostly flawed or inadeuate in some way at isk of being seen as misfits or outcasts from the ealms of normal societyTo ead the est of my eview please click here Having enjoyed Miss Gomez and the Brethren I decided to try another of the author s uirkier works and wasn t disappointedAbrupt point of view switches took some getting used to but after that I just accepted them and was able to get into the book I could see where that might drive other eaders bonkers In addition to going into the heads of all of the esidents egularly there are also excerpts from the deceased owner s notes on eachOur UK friends as well as Global Britcom addicts might appreciate that I had the image of Nurse Gladys from Open All Hours in my head for the nurse character I spent the entirety of the eading of thi. William Bird has always taken in boarders who are on the fringes of society the petty conman the immigrant who's never been able to fit in the blustering officer who eally doesn't. S book wondering whoor whatis Mr Bird Mr Bird is the owner of the Boarding House of the title who greets us of the Boarding House of the title who greets us on page one with this I am dying He does not mean sometime down the oad No Mr Bird dies then and there from the feet up he "tells the nurse but that is not uite "the nurse But that is not uite end of Mr Bird who leaves a will two of the esidents of the Boarding House will inherit it comically disparate
to move the forward entertainingly the est of the esidents may be tenants for life their exodus only voluntary When Mr Bird had written his will and had ead it over he became aware that he was laughing He heard the sound for some time a minute or a minute and a uarter and then he ecognized its source and wondered why he was laughing like that such a uiet slurping sound like the lapping of waterInterlude Note the precision of the time of laughing just above a minute or a minute and a uarter Trevor does this a specificity of time all through the novel one esident must face the officer of punctuality every morning entering his work another character times barmen to the second after ordering drinks Hell one character is named Nurse Clock No I don t know what that all means I add it here as a public service hoping someone smarter than me a large enough pool can figure it out End InterludeMr Bird very carefully very intentionally selected the esidents Without itemizing here let s just say they are all just a bit off Individual peccadilloes aside though what links them is their solitary nature Yet they are not solitary in the Boarding HouseMr Bird continues to be a presence in the execution of his will in somewhat spectral appearances in truly delightful uick biographies he penned of the esidents and in flashbacks such as his greeting to new kitchen help a woman who entered the Boarding House in a ush to pee You Know what's what and the just plain lonely He's built a uniue place with a uniue atmosphere But then he ealizes he's dying and he decides to leave the place to the two tenants li.Enough To Move The
Ust stay here you will like it In #this old boarding house no one had told the unvarnished truth for the last fifteen yearsOne esident confused #old boarding house no one had told the unvarnished truth for the last fifteen yearsOne esident confused Mr Bird as the founder of heaven and hell on earth Another
*says that he is a man of infinite subtle cruelty So if Mr Bird is a god *that he is a man of infinite subtle cruelty So if Mr Bird is a god could see where "I WAS GOING HE IS NOT A BENEVOLENT ONE "was going he is not a benevolent one built that I might destroy he is alleged to have said But he is not a terrible frightful god I don t think It doesn t matter if I m wrong because I m the eader and I see Mr Bird as a fractious god a stinker a god Gary Larsen might have drawn back in the day Postlude I first found William Trevor s writings fourteen years ago and I ve been eading him ever since but mostly his later works Just because they ve been eadily at hand But I found this just ecently in a used bookstore in Seattle a mere twenty minute walk from my granddaughter It was hiding darkly on a bottom shelf indeed it took two trips for me to see it It was emaindered a few nicks to the cover but it has turned out to be everything I love about a book it made me laugh it made me think it entertained the hell out of me it has a arity about it it is brilliantly imagined it made me hide for pockets of time it lies in my hands like a gift from an old man who just died it will edge itself out of the space I put it in on the shelf or I will think so it makes me think I could do something similar it will linger teaching me otherwise and serendipitously I ead it with a friend End Postlude Whenever I ead William Trevor s novels and stories I m never uite able to forget the presence of the author Sometimes I can visualise him deciding what to include in a scenario other times I imagine him deciding what to leave out but he s always somewhere on the edge of my vision tweaking the props of what I m eading I enjoy his. Kely to cause the greatest amount of trouble and the whole enterprise goes up in smokeWilliam Trevor's dark comedy eminiscent of Evelyn Waugh and Muriel Spark was his second novel.