Saturday, 5 October 2013

Motherland by William Nicholson


Alice Dickinson sits in the back of the Peugeot, though she would prefer to sit in the front, watching the orchards of Normandy roll by.

What follows is a Driving Miss Daisy type scene, as Alice goes in search of an address.

First thing said:

"Get an abortion. I'll pay."

The dialogue is well written and draws the reader in nicely, and there's lots of it, which keeps the pages turning, and that's what gets this novel a pass - that and I'm in a good mood.

Part One
Chapter One

The staff cars are pulled up by the coastguard cottages, close to the cliff edge.

Cars pulling up to begin a novel is not a good sign. What follows is a scene of officers inspecting of an amphibious landing drill by some Canucks wearing inflated Mae Wests, which quickly turns effortlessly into some girls and guys conversing about marriage and stuff.

Writing dialogue is no easy task and that is a strength of this writer.

Verdict: Pass (barely)

Theodore Moracht

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