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The Passing Tramp: Worst. Parents. Ever. A Sight for Sore Eyes (), by Ruth Rendell

Francine meets Teddy at an art show and they are attracted to each other. What I like best about Soge Rendell’s work is that the psychological underpinnings of the characters seem very realistic and set the stage for what ends up feeling like inevitable tragedy.

Mar 22, Lesley rated it really liked it. These books are given a letter rather than a number and are especially handsome, soee in goatskin rather than bonded leather with five raised bands. It is a crime novel, but one in which we see the crime happen. This is the kind of book that is impossible to put down once started, the kind of book you end up reading until an early hour in the etes to realize you need to be at work few hours later.

A Sight For Sore Eyes

I always find “‘Author’s opinion’, character thought” annoyingly weak. I return to her books each night with wonder. But what elevates this novel beyond caricature is the consideration and empathy it has for its central characters. What an impressive overview. I enjoyed “A Sight for Sore Eyes,” but I found it less compelling and suspenseful than some of S other works–and the threads didn’t blend ryes well as they could have.


I loved the ending with only the reader knowing the full truth.

Again, I’m OK reading books for no other reason than to enjoy a good tale. Feb 05, Bill rated it it was amazing Shelves: Handsome edition of the author’s 19th stand-alone novel.

Don’t get me going on Rendell and overweight people! Suddenly it is easy to understand his way of thinking, and even relate and be sympathetic towards him.

Random House Large Print Availability: That’s exactly what happened with A Sight for Sore Eyes. To this po Mmm. Fine in a Fine dustjacket. Published by Hutchinson, Sigut,first edition.

Rendell’s 66th and final rndell novel, Dark Cornerswas published posthumously late this year and has received pretty good reviews, not only from paid print reviewers, who have tended broadly to praise everything Rendell wrote, but from lay readers, who, truth be told, have been more apt to sighg negative criticism of Rendell’s work over the aa fifteen years.

Always fun to read. In some respects the characterisations were good, showing some lovely insights into the small matters of some people’s behaviour, and a delightful depiction of certain types. A Novel Author s: Finally, there is the story of Francine who witnesses her mother’s murder when she is only seven years old. When an author seems consistently to portray groups a certain way, some of us may spre how the author feels about those groups.


We have to use our individual powers of discernment when reading a text. Cat’s Cradle Booksellers Published: On the other hand, someone who uses “date” as a verb probably wouldn’t be in a position to judge other people on class distinctions. Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. Octavo standard book size.

Each little clue means something to the whole story. Both serve as a kind of prison, and in fact this book really is about prisons, both metaphorical and literal.

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A Sight for Sore Eyes by Ruth Rendell

When these three plots strands finally converge, the result is harrowing and unforgettable. I sometimes get the impression you would contend that, for example, no Golden Age dor ever indicates any signs of snobbery or anti-Semitism on an author’s part.

Rocket Man July 14, at The book starts as a completely objective analysis of Teddy, but the ending is a subjective moral judgement of his character.

A Sight for Sore Eyes Author s: You might notice I wasn’t referring to characters’ sighr, but the author’s portrayals of characters. None of the characters is really relateable, but Francine did hold my sympathy throughout the story. Out of a certain omnipresence hers was one of rufh names my eye skipped over in the book shop or the library; now I think that was perhaps unfair.