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Burntcoat

Burntcoat

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The book’s energy lies in Hall’s knack for alighting on the sort of authentic detail that brings a scene alive. But in the meantime Halit’s illness offers a kind of terrible but ecstatic consummation of their love. Even renovated, Burntcoat is ugly by most standards, a utilitarian warehouse, but it stands beside the river’s lambency — a hag in a bright mirror. She’s also just made an excellent Radio 4 programme marking the 25th Anniversary of Radiohead’s OK Computer, a fantastic listen if you’re a Radiohead fan! The original purpose of Shou Sugi Ban was to weatherproof and preserve the wood, but it has become popular as a design element in the home.

Hall is well known for writing about sex in a way that feels both poetic and visceral, capturing the physicality of the act without losing the emotional depth. Others have raved about this book so my lack of appreciation for it is more a matter of personal taste than anything else. And she remembers when she met and fell in love with Halit, a Bulgarian Turk who ran a small restaurant in the town where Edith lives.

I think I would have benefitted from it as I found the novel rather difficult to pin down – as if it kept changing shape! Such an eerie-brutal book to read at the end of 2022 … listening between numerous medical appointments…. Because, admittedly, tributes tend to stick to safe ground, to seek a “common denominator” which will gain as wide approval as possible. The whole narration is presented in retrospect, with a now 59-year-old and dying Edith addressing the long-dead Halit as "you" and using the story as a means to make sense of her own destiny, the contingency of life. In short, this is a multi-layered novel with so much to offer – a moving elegy to love, life, loss and creativity that acts as a testament to humanity’s resilience in the face of deep uncertainty.

She was forced to adapt and fill the gaps when her mother, Naomi, suffers a massive brain aneurysm, forever transforming her and welding Edith’s concept of how a life can be diminished and still be worth living. Extra kudos to Hall for crafting Garth Greenwell-level sex scenes, this is excellent writing of sex as a form of communication.It gets one of my ambivalent ratings because I didn’t always connect to the story’s execution, though I appreciated its relevancy, its ambition, and the visceral rendering of the toll illness takes on the body and on caretakers. Love, family, coping with illness and disability, humanity particularly in the face of calamity and disruption, art, memory and loss are some of the many themes here.



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