(BOOK Ø Worth Author Jon Canter) author Jon Canter – stoptheworldcup.co.uk
A clever author but I didn t enjoy this novel
Didn T Like The Characters I Managed To Finish It t like the characters I managed to finish it was glad when I had The main characters witty but brutally honest observations reminded me of Larry David This story was very cute gave me a few chuckles Very well written and with interesting assages but in the end I wondered why this story needed to be told to me Either I expected some ironic reversal or undercutting of the rotagonist that just didn t come or it was there and I failed to see
IT I LIKE JON CANTER HE I like Jon Canter He erudite and witty and writes about educated middle class folk and their little foibles and roblems as well as anyone And this story about a mid 30s couple who emigrate to the country leaving behind their Big City lives is entertaining and highly readable Canter avoids the obvious Lily (The Mauve Legacy, pitfall of characterising country folk as bumpkins albeit he introduces us to only a handful andaints an accurate icture of the Richard and Sarah meet in London fall in love and after some complications marry To escape the rat race and their ex artners they decide to move to the countryside
And Buy A Cottage In buy a cottage in retty Suffolk village of Worth At first they struggle to find friends but then they meet Catherine who's recently moved into the cottage next door As a single woman she admires their love for each other As a couple they admire. ,
Psides and downsides of living in
TINY COMMUNITIES SURROUNDED BY FIELDS BUTcommunities surrounded by fields But book s central theme rather than displacement is friendship specifically the one forged between the couple and their new neighbour a stately intelligent beautiful single woman with whom they fall in love singly and jointly albeit The Clothier Natural Jumping Method platonically The frisson of a new alliance between like mindedeople the neighbour is refreshingly normal funny and switched on an educated urbanite who apparently shares an almost identical outlook on life and its subseuent eaks and troughs is well drawn The friendship falters as a blind date arranged by the couple goes nowhere unpalatable discoveries are made ABOUT EACH OTHER OFFENCES GIVEN AND TAKEN APOLOGIES MADE each other offences given and taken apologies made accepted all very believable and recognisableFor me though the City couple fail to ignite They are dull and uninteresting it is the neighbour who is the unknown uantity the otentially colourful central Falling for Sakura pla. Her uncompromising nature On weekday nights in sleepy Worth with nothing to do the trio'sastime is each other A delightful friendship ensues But there are things to Catherine that don't add up Topics avoided uestions unanswered She describes a manipulative but never seen sister who she says is making her life hell Richard and Sarah offer advice as best they can but they are starting to feel uneasy The rural idyll. Yer But this is told from MALE PROTAGONIST S PERSPECTIVE SO male Teach Me protagonist serspective so only see her from his and thus we don t see enough The other issue is that the narrative voice is Canter s razor sharp funny clued up whereas the Monty protagonist is supposed to be a bit of a twit an unsuccessful animator who constantly owns up to his own faults who can t helputting his foot in his mouth who is cowed by the intelligence of others Canter can t help imbuing the character with his own intelligence which makes his fumblings and faux as less believableAll in all though a fun read Canter can certainly write and create lively dialogue and entertaining scenes But in Worth he doesn t really create a coherent novel It as if he started on day 1 of writing having fun with his lead character and then kept writing either until he was bored or until he had completed the reuisite number of words The result is enjoyable enough but ultimately rather unsatisfying. Is beginning to fade With Richard struggling to find work Sarah who's regnant takes a job with a woman she meets at a conference a connection that draws the couple deeper into the life of their neighbor far deeper than they could ever have imagined Worth is about friendship family and the Coming Home (Chesapeake Diaries perils of loving your neighbor It is a fastaced wildly
"entertaining and blackly "and blackly new novel from the inimitable Jon Cant.