Thursday, 27 August 2015

SUMMER IN FEBRUARY – Jonathan Smith, 1995

Subtlety is sadly missing from many a modern novel but Jonathan Smith makes it seem easy and provides a lesson in how to evoke an era through intricate characterisation – and without graphic imagery. By centering the narrative on Gilbert Evan
s he is able to anchor it securely, while allowing the flamboyant characters, which give the book its sparkle, to float around it. A J Munnings is superbly evoked and Laura Knight’s part could almost be a biography of her and her work.
The recent film is good to watch but save your money and buy the novel instead.

It gives a wonderful account of how Morning Ride was painted and brings the landscape of Cornwall brilliantly to life. 

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