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Swimming Lessons de Claire Fuller
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Swimming Lessons (edició 2018)

de Claire Fuller (Autor)

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Ingrid writes letters to her husband Gil about their life together. But instead of giving them to him, she hides each in the thousands of books Gil has collected. Despite their two daughters, despite their beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, despite Gil's talent as a writer, their marriage has been troubled. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach. Twelve years later her adult daughter Flora comes home to look after her injured father. Secretly, Flora has never believed that her mother is dead, and she starts asking questions, without realising that the answers she's looking for are hidden in the books that surround her.… (més)
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Títol:Swimming Lessons
Autors:Claire Fuller (Autor)
Informació:Tin House Books (2018), Edition: Reprint, 354 pages
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“Swimming Lessons,” by Claire Fuller tells the story of Ingrid Coleman who writes letters to her husband, Gil, about their relationship from when they first met until her disappearance. But instead of giving the letters to her husband, she hides them in books in his immense library at home. After her final letter, Ingrid disappears. Her clothes are found at a beach and no one knows for certain if she drowned while swimming or left her clothes there and took off.

Twelve years later, after Gil claims he spotted Ingrid through a bookshop window, he runs outside to see if it really is Ingrid and suffers a fall. Flora then returns home to take care of her aging father.

One of the themes of the book is whether it is better to know the truth, or to never know. That point is driven home with the ending in which the reader gets to decide whether or not Ingrid is still alive, or if she drowned. The reader is never told, so either ending is possible. This ending frustrated me as I really wanted Ingrid to have closure. Flora feels Ingrid is still alive, but her older sister, Nan, believes otherwise. Regardless, the ending is ambiguous and frustrating.

The final two pages, while not called an epilogue, serve as one. They are confusing and creates more uncertainty. The book should have ended prior to these pages. They seem to imply that Ingrid is still alive, but her final letter seems to indicate she may have committed suicide, but again, it is open to interpretation. Bottom line is the reader does not really know what happened to Ingrid any more than her family does.

None of the characters are particularly likeable. I felt sorry for Ingrid having to put up with Gil’s frequent infidelity, but more pity than empathy. Gil was a despicable character, as was his daughters Nan and Flora.

The story is told from two perspectives, the past through Ingrid’s letters and the present from Flora’s point of view. The chapters alternate between the letters and the present.

The book was extremely slow to start. It seemed to drag and I almost gave up on it. However, once over half-way through, it did pick up and I enjoyed the last half of the book more than the first half. I ended up giving the book 4 stars. I was debating between 3 and 4 stars, since the prose dragged so much at the start, but the open ending and the final half of the book convinced me to give it the benefit of the doubt (so to speak) and go with 4 stars.

The book opens with an unnumbered chapter, more of a prologue, with a great opening line, “Gil Coleman looked down from the first-floor window of the bookshop and saw his dead wife standing on the pavement below.” Who could stop reading at that point?

Overall, I did like the book, but would have preferred a more definite ending and closure regarding Ingrid. ( )
  dwcofer | Sep 18, 2021 |
I received this book free from the publisher via netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

Please see my full reviews available at www.coffeeandtrainspotting.com. ( )
  SarahRita | Aug 11, 2021 |
Excellent book!!!!! It was a tortuously slow crawl to find out what happened, jumping from the present back to the past via letters written by Ingrid and stuffed in strategically titled books in Gil's massive collection.

I do wish we could've had more of a sense of Gil's inner turmoil, however, once he discovered the letters. What was going on in his mind? ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
Took me a while to get into that story and the characters, thought it was a bit of a slow start. But then it became more and more interesting and mysterious and I wanted to know very much what had happened to Ingrid. Not all characters were sympathetic to me, but that wasn't an obstacle. Characters don't HAVE to be sympathetic at all times in order to like a book. Thought it was very well written. And I liked the ending! The narrator was excellent (I'm referring to the German version audio book). ( )
  Heidi64 | Jul 18, 2021 |
fiction (family secrets, crumbling "castles" and other illusions of childhood). ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
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British author Fuller’s second novel (Our Endless Numbered Days, 2015) is nimbly told from two alternating perspectives... Fuller’s tale is eloquent, harrowing, and raw, but it’s often muddled by tired, cloying dialogue. And whereas Ingrid shines as a protagonist at large, the supporting characters are lacking in depth.

Simmering with tension, this tragic, albeit imperfect, mystery is sure to keep readers inching off their seats.
 
The interweaving of these two points of view is a little confusing in the early stages of the novel– at one point, within Ingrid’s narrative, there is a narrative from Gil’s point of view telling the story of their relationship, backwards – and the sections often feel short and choppy. No sooner have we fully engaged with Ingrid’s story than we are back to Flora’s and vice versa, and the tone of the alternating sections doesn’t feel stylistically differentiated. But it’s a measure of the power of Fuller’s writing that these issues don’t diminish our desire to find out how the web of disappearances and reappearances will be untangled.... As you get used to the rhythm of the twin stories and the narrative gathers pace, you turn the pages faster and faster, desperate to know the truth.... Like Fuller’s stunning debut, Swimming Lessons is a story suffused with the poignancy of miscommunication between people who love each other, of the things we can never really know.
 
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Ingrid writes letters to her husband Gil about their life together. But instead of giving them to him, she hides each in the thousands of books Gil has collected. Despite their two daughters, despite their beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, despite Gil's talent as a writer, their marriage has been troubled. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach. Twelve years later her adult daughter Flora comes home to look after her injured father. Secretly, Flora has never believed that her mother is dead, and she starts asking questions, without realising that the answers she's looking for are hidden in the books that surround her.

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