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I very much enjoyed this book about two older American strangers who serendipitously meet on a train in England and proceed to embark on a year long love affair. The story is steeped in political feminist blah, blah, blah with uber overthink and introspection, (SO typical of certain writers of the late ‘70’s and 80’s) which, admittedly, became VERY tiresome at times.
However, one simply cannot argue with the depth and quality of this woman’s writing. As we get deeper and deeper into the story we begin to learn more about the backgrounds of each individual and, bit by bit, the unspeakable tragedies that each of them have endured in their prior lives(and marriages)come to light. The author’s absolute genius is in her ability to weave back and forth between the past and the present, going deeper with each pass, and the individual struggles within and between the two lovers.
Overall, minus the ubiquitous feminist casing, I thought this was a very good story that REALLY drew me in. Additionally I think the narrator, who did an excellent job, very much contributed to the overall enjoyment and “listenability” to this audiobook.