Wednesday, April 14, 2010
IF NOBODY SPEAKS OF REMARKABLE THINGS by Jon McGregor (2002)
In this startling first novel it's a quiet Sunday afternoon at the end of summer and several ordinary citizens are going about their ordinary daily lives. A young man is taking photographs, a young woman two doors down is packing up her belongings to move home, another neighbour is painting his house and a some siblings are playing cricket.
I loved the clever narrative structure and the way McGregor was able to withhold the details of the tragedy the unites all of the characters until the last twenty pages.
The story made me question how I am complicit in my own life in not addressing out loud the remarkable things. And, how much is lost to that silence.