THE DYING OF THE LIGHT by Robert Goolrick | Kirkus ReviewsJulian Barnes , an atheist turned agnostic, has decided at the age of 62 to address his fear of death — why should an agnostic fear death who has no faith in an afterlife? How can you be frightened of Nothing? On this simple question Barnes has hung an elegant memoir and meditation, a deep seismic tremor of a book that keeps rumbling and grumbling in the mind for weeks thereafter. The usual stuff. Or locked by kidnappers in the trunk of a car that is then driven into a river. He imagines being taken underwater in the jaws of a crocodile. Beyond the big knock-down stuff, he dreads the diminution of energy, the drying-up of the wellspring, the fading of the light.
This setting gives the whole book an eerie and oppressive atmosphere that ties in well with the mostly tragic tale. This is where I became torn over this book. On one hand, the rigid code of friendship and honour of the Kavalars is intriguing and well-explained, though with somewhat overly-long historical discourses to fill us in on their societal development. Gwen Delvano is equally inept at explaining what, if anything, she wants from him, leading to lots of blank expressions and a lack of communication that I quickly found to be irritating. The disagreements, duels, pursuit and subsequent visit to empty cities and dangerous wilderness are well-written and engaging, but I had a constant nagging feeling that it was all rather unnecessary and they had brought the problems on themselves while also dragging lots of innocent people into their troubles. The brief mentions of the other cultures and peoples involved in the construction of the festival cities are imaginative and varied and the Kavalar culture continued to be mesmerising in its intensity.
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Thank you! Goolrick The Fall of Princes , , etc. A modern-day prologue finds a young reporter sifting through the ashes of Saratoga, an enormous Virginia mansion that burned to the ground in , taking lives with it. The novel itself is the story of Diana Cooke, who in is the debutante of the year, destined for high society. Copperton, a vulgar and violent man who fathers Diana's one saving grace, a son named Ashton. After Copperton dies in an accident, Diana retreats to the lonely halls of Saratoga. Her life becomes infinitely more complicated when Ashton returns from college with his handsome roommate, Gibby Cavenaugh, in tow.
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