Easy Silence

Easy Silence The Handles have one of those quiet suburban marriages that has ticked along for decades without anything very momentous happening William a distinguished violinist and leader of the Elmtree Quartet

  • Title: Easy Silence
  • Author: Angela Huth
  • ISBN: 9780349111360
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Handles have one of those quiet, suburban marriages that has ticked along for decades without anything very momentous happening William, a distinguished violinist and leader of the Elmtree Quartet, and Grace, a modest watercolorist, enjoy a serene domestic routine where easy silence, an acceptance of each other s ways, is the norm The two spend each day in their respThe Handles have one of those quiet, suburban marriages that has ticked along for decades without anything very momentous happening William, a distinguished violinist and leader of the Elmtree Quartet, and Grace, a modest watercolorist, enjoy a serene domestic routine where easy silence, an acceptance of each other s ways, is the norm The two spend each day in their respective corners of the house William upstairs practicing, and Grace downstairs working on her latest wildflower illustration and they even take careful steps to prevent a chance encounter For what do people who ve been married that long say when they meet on the stairs But just as quickly as their routine emerged, it is yanked away by the winds of change When the long serving viola player resigns from William s quartet, the Elmtree hires Bonnie, a brilliant young player with perfect dimples and an ample bosom In no time, William is smitten Meanwhile, Grace s days have become enlivened by visits from Lucien, a troubled young man who lives down the street with the mother he loathes Though his presence unnerves her, he provides her days with a bittersweet frisson, and before long Grace is captivated As William and Grace secretly find their hearts tugged in opposite directions, the once cozy couple moves closer to confrontation But with the introduction of sudden menace, the story takes a darker turn until real life horror explodes and a murderous twists sends their world spinning From the acclaimed author of Land Girls and Wives of the Fisherman comes an elegant, if shocking, dissection of a middle class marriage In Easy Silence, Huth combines remarkable insight with biting wit to create a delicious black comedy.

    One thought on “Easy Silence”

    1. Ça a failli atteindre 5 en cours de lecture. Là je reste sur un 4-4,5 pour la fin un peu trop lisse et tranquillounette. Mais bien quand même. :-D

    2. I found it a little difficult to get into the story (but am very tired so could be related to that rather than the author), and then suddenly couldn't stop reading. Well written, I found William Handle very touching. Good story.

    3. Angela Huth is a talented writer; I'm not disputing that. But so many of her books are so exasperating. This one, especially. It started out typically enough: an old married couple named William and Grace who still love each other in that comfortable old way that's like putting on your favourite worn slippers that most of the fuzz has rubbed off but they're still the coziest blah blah blah. Then! The introduction of a young female character (Bonnie) who William finds himself falling for Sound fa [...]

    4. Certainly a very different book in the way it turns from sweet tale of contented retirement to a tense story of menace and danger. I was a bit incredulous at first in what I was asked to believe about William, but it made me think about how people can 'take leave of their senses' temporarily and how we deceive ourselves. I liked Grace.

    5. C'est une auteure qui construit très bien ses personnages, mais on ne peut pas en dire autant de ses intrigues. C'est un mélange de Woody Allen, David Lodge et Jane Austen, mais avec moins de mordant (mais c'est peut-être à cause de la traduction, qui était moyenne). C'est pas fabuleux, mais c'est pas ennuyeux.

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