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Book Title: The Lighted Rooms|
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Reader ratings: 4.4
The author of the book: Richard Mason
Date of issue: May 21st 2009
ISBN 13: 9780753826249
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.69 MB
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After reading the first few chapters of this book I was totally unconvinced by the two main characters, ancient mother and menopausal daughter. It's a brave man who thinks that he can get inside the head of such individuals. I read the author profile again and realised how young he is. Well, that explains it. Not arrogance, just unfettered youthfulness!
I also read the dedication and acknowledgements at this point, and when I discovered that the book is a tribute to Mason's great-grandmother, who suffered at the hands of the British in the Anglo-Boer War, and some of her story is retold in the book, I forgave him everything. Sadly, the feeling didn't last, and the characters never became authentic for me. In the passages devoted to South Africa we are given glimpses of a much bigger story, much more interesting, but the book concentrates on Eloise's worries about the commodities market, and Joan's daily tribulations in a care home. I never became interested in either, nor in the lesser modern characters.
The story has another strand, concerning Joan's forays into the space/time continuum - or, if you prefer, into the depths of her own delusional mind. This could have provided a richness that the rest of the book lacks, but again I found it unconvincing, particularly the device used to trigger these episodes.
When I had finished I looked at the website set up by the author to improve education in South Africa. Much more engaging, much more moving. This is deserving of 5 stars!
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