Julian Barnes’ review in The Guardian of William Trevor’s final collection really inspires me to get it now and read it, despite the toppling pile of books my puritan-self (who the hell is that? I’ll fight him!) says I have to read before I can buy any more. Here I steal, not from the stories of course, which I have not read, but from the review, which I have:
There are also slippages of identity and function to be endured.
And there are doubts and ambiguities at every turn.
Trevor’s fiction is full of precise evasions – and evasive precisions.
But it is the reader’s pity too, as we go back over her story and better understand …
Trevor does not make a point of being demanding or obscure; but he is very subtle.
This relates to an incident whose significance escaped me for two readings.
Mr Trevor certainly was not writing for any slush pile! Thank goodness. And how generous a reader is Mr Barnes.