Teaser Tuesday

I finished reading The Light of Day byGraham Swift yesterday. Table Talk asked in the comments on my Sunday Salon post whether to try books by Swift. Well, maybe. This one turned out to be a bit drawn out towards the end, but I felt compelled to finish it. I’m still not sure I like his style of writing, nor the enigmatic way of introducing characters. As Jane said in the comments on Sunday it’s hard to start a book sometimes because of the learning curve and it was.

Here is the teaser:

Back to being you.

There are times, there always will be, when you still wish you weren’t, you’d never been you. Or when you could almost believe it really was some other person, not you – how could it have been you? – who did what you’re supposed to have done. (page 197)

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11 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday

  1. I read Graham Swift once – Waterland I think – and while I liked the book I wasn’t inspired to seek out this other work. I do like your teaser, but if the whole book is in a similar style I’m afraid it would be a little too much like hard work for me!

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  2. I read and reviewed The Light of Day back in 2008:
    http://lifeandtimesofanewnewyorker.blogspot.com/2008/06/1001-book-update-light-of-day.html

    In a nutshell, I didn’t really like it. To cliche I guess? I picked it up because Swift’s novel Last Orders is one of my all-time favorites. I read Last Orders back in 2003 and fell in love with the characters, the story…sigh. I need to read it again. They made a movie out of it and it won the Man Booker Prize in 1996.

    That said, The Light of Day obviously did not live up to expectations. Please go read Last Orders and give Swift another try.

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