The Little Red chairs by Edna O’Brien

This book was rather like reading poetry, so steeped was it in myth and mystery. Once unraveled though, it was rather sad and poignant. It felt a bit like there was a mist over the first half of the book, like a sea fog, as the reader finds their way through the story, trying to make sense of what’s happening and to whom.

Once the characters emerge from the mist though, which I found was very much in the second half of the book, there is more clarity and I found things to be more in focus.

Interestingly this was when there was a move of setting, from deep countryside, to an urban environment. This was definitely a slow starter of a book, but once I concentrated, it was a well thought out and complex story, with a rather bittersweet ending. Worth reading.

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