Bride Flight, By Marieke van der Pol, trs Colleen Higgins
Sunday 18 April 2010
That it started life as a movie screenplay is evident in the twists and turns of plot that wind their way throughout this novel – and the virtues and vices of each medium are displayed in this Dutch bestseller.
There are three protagonists – Ada, Marjorie and Esther – and the rapid filmic switching of perspectives and locations at times feels clunky. But Marieke van der Pol also has a talent for meticulously detailed characterisation, which, together with an assiduous translation by Colleen Higgins, bring these three women to life.
The author weaves a rich, vivid story exploring the intersections of luck and disposition that make up the course of a life. There is a journey at the heart of the narrative: a flight from London to Christchurch in 1953, carrying brides- to-be to join their fiancés. These women are yearning to escape their home lives, and, on board, fall under the spell of a bewitching bachelor named Frank. Only at his funeral, years later, does the truth emerge. It is the subtle emotional and psychological journeys – and the shackles impeding women from moving on – that provide the greatest engagement here.
filmFilm producers sue Warner Bros for $75m over Hobbit films
voicesJust when you thought you could find a man, get married, and have a baby by the age of 35... it turns out you’re too late, says Grace Dent
Swedish stars ask fans for £195 pledges on crowd-funding website
musicAs Mariah Carey and Noddy Holder rake in the royalties from their classics, why there hasn't been a decent festive hit for 20 years?
theatreAuthor Daniel Rosenthal recalls the mishaps that almost brought the curtain down on the likes of John Gielgud and Diana Rigg
lifeAs the Royal Mail plans to phase out deliveries on two wheels, it's no wonder posties are in a spin
musicThe 21-year-old beat Ella Eyre and Chlöe Howl to win the honour
lifeFull of the joys and want to help your fellow man? December isn't the time to do it
Arts & Ents blogs
The desolation of the Weinstein brothers: Film producers sue Warner Bros for $75m over Hobbit films
Christmas songs: the best and the worst
Your Money, Money, Money please - Abba ask fans for £195 pledges on direct-to-fan website
Not all right on the night
Lost Peter Sellers films Dearth of a Salesman and Insomnia Is Good for You hailed as the movie equivalent of 'finding Dead Sea Scrolls'
- 1 Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute in Soweto
- 2 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 3 Australia: Gay marriage law reversed by high court less than a week after first weddings
- 4 Exeter to Edinburgh and back in a day: How one fresher's lost bet left him facing a 900-mile round trip
- 5 Australia incest case: Severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- < Previous
- Next >