Reading Bainbridge is like being given a geodetic map of a place that doesn't exist. . . . .Weekend With Claude is interesting for the way it both conforms to and diverges from the rest of her work. . . .the characters and their stories seem almost anemic. . . .This novel, rich as it is in grotesquerie, has the kind of dreamy, evocative quality we associate with the films of Eric Rohmer. But it lacks the jarring dazzle of her best work.
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