Jubilate, By Michael Arditti
Saturday 09 June 2012
"Leaving the miraculous out of life is like leaving out the lavatory or dreams or breakfast," wrote Graham Greene. Judging from his fiction, Michael Arditti might share a similar credo.
Set in Lourdes, his seventh novel relates the course of a passionate affair between Gillian, a middle-aged woman accompanying her brain-damaged husband, Richard, on a pilgrimage, and Vincent, a film-maker fighting demons of his own. A nimble and ingenious storyteller, Arditti combines sober reflections on the nature of faith with moments of high comedy - including Vincent's attempts to locate a condom in Lourdes.
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