Signs of Life

Signs of Life

by Anna Raverat


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ISBN-13: 9781447202370
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication date: 04/28/2012
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Signs of Life 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
YolaNL on LibraryThing 19 days ago
Right from the start it is clear that at the core of this story is something dramatic. On the first page of the book, Rachel, the main character and narrator of the story tells us, 'Ten years ago I had an affair that ended badly.' And even before you actually start reading the book, on the backside it says 'something terrible happened to her lover'. If you love reading a bit of drama ¿ as I sometimes do ¿ this is all it takes to peek your interest. Now you want to find out whatever that terrible thing was. Ten years after 'it' happened, Rachel realises that, although she would like to believe otherwise, she has still not been able to leave it all behind and then decides to write it down. ¿I want to describe my part in it and take responsibility for that, if I can bear to¿, she writes. What follows then is an account of various events that ultimately lead to the end of the affair between Rachel and Carl. It is a bit of a chaotic account that isn't strictly chronological and that is regularly (or irregularly) interrupted by present time observations.However, underneath that chaotic account, and the jumping between present and past, the storyline has been perfectly structured by the author ¿ and that is, I think, the weak side of this book. The author's structure was too evident and it constantly reminded me that this was created chaos, thought up by the author, rather than a real account of someone who is trying to come to terms with her past.Nevertheless I enjoyed reading this book and couldn't put it down until I knew what the 'terrible thing' was...