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Barbara Vine Ruth Rendell writes beautifully HER CHARACTERS IN GALLOWGLASS ARE DISTURBING characters in Gallowglass are disturbing described and difficult to empathise with though I d imagine this is intentional and adds to the tension At times the atmosphere is palpably uncmfortable This is a story about obsession in varying guises and I enjoyed it though occasionally found my attention drifting a little Ooog Thank goodness no one was holding a gun to my head and making me read this with anything like the attention I d give to the label on a packet of crisps Having just listened to and throughly enjoyed a Barbara Vine I dove into this one eagerly Mistake It s the same old psychological obsessive stuff The problem with OCD is that it s basically repetitive and borning and it s difficult to make repetitive and boring into uniue and interesting though Nabakov can do it Yikes what a creepy story Little Joe has had a rough go of it in life Taken into foster care with care takers that provided the necessities but no love no indness Joe is emotionally stunted and clinically depressed One day a the edge of the subway platform with the intent to jump he is rescued by Sandor who claims that Joe s life now belongs to him For anyone else this would be absolutely absurd but Joe worships Sandor and wants nothing except to be close to him and serve him His submissiveness is rooted in his sad background the only highlight for him in his previous life being the genuinely close relationship he had with his foster sister Tilly Joe s infatuation with Sandor is completely chaste and non sexual yet he still craves affection from himSandor is a piece of work well read and to Joe s naive eyes very sophisticated with a vicious mean streak Sandor wants to involve Joe in his bizarre plans and Joe is only too happy to be Sandor s Gallowglass To say that things get complicated would be an understatementAgain Rendall writing as Vine delves into the darkest corners of the human mind Obsessiveness strange motives and a perverse idea of love are the fuel of the Rendall omniverse My first contact with this novel was in 1993 when it was adapted as a three part TV serial what we d now call a miniseries by the BBC The adaptation made such an impact upon me that I realized it d be impossible to read the book properly with the TV version still in mindY now nearly a uarter century later that was still just about true There are five principal characters to the tale of whom three are pivotal to the primary plot Of those three I was incapable of seeing Nina as anything other than the very lovely Australian actress Arkie Whiteley who played Nina in the TV serial I m still not sure whether this was because the casting of Whiteley in the role was a masterstroke that she just was Nina or if I ve been reading Whiteley s portrayal onto the written character Whiteley died in 2001 aged just 37 of adrenal cancer Had she lived longer I m sure she d have become a household nameBut perhaps curious as I was reading the face of the televised version of Joe swam up out of the page and I suddenly recognized him it was Michael Sheen by then well established as a stage actor but making his screen debut in Gallowglass which is why of course I hadn t recognized him at the timeI still recalled much of the main plot from all those years ago although until the relevant characters appeared Nina s chauffeur Paul and Joe s adoptive sister Tilly I d forgotten much of the secondary plotting And I d completely forgotten the ending which came as as much of a shock in 2016 as it had in 1993The plot in brief Orphan Joe is just about to jump under a Tube train when smooth talking Sandor saves him Sandor says this makes Joe his gallowglass the man the clan chieftain would have by his side to be his bodyguard and taste his food for poisons Years ago Sandor was involved in the idnapping for ransom of
THE TROPHY WIFE OF AN ITALIANtrophy wife of an Italian and convinced himself that the Princess Nina fell in love with him Now the Princess is living in the south of England with her third husband and Sandor plans to Cruising: Historia íntima de un pasatiempo radical (Spanish Edition) kidnap her all over again henows she ll want to go along with the abduction because really it ll be the reunion of two people passionately in love with each otherMatters are complicated by the fact that Nina has in reality fallen in love with her chauffeur Paul and he with her Paul is an integral part of Sandor s plot because Sandor not Poor Percival Stories (Tale 1) knowing of the bond between Paul and Nina believes the man can be bribed to betray her into theidnappers hands When that fails the idnapper. When Sandor snatched little Joe from the path of a London Tube train he was uick to make clear the terms of the rescue 'I saved your life' he told the homele. S snatch Paul s small daughter Jessica to use as a bargaining tool Obviously this can t end well and yet for some of the characters as a bargaining tool Obviously this can t end well and yet for some of the characters not the ones you d expect things don t turn out too badlyAs will be obvious my reading of the novel was mightily colored by my memories of the TV adaptation bear this in mind when I say that I found Gallowglass absolutely hypnotic Although so much of the unfolding tale was familiar to me RendellVine succeeded in pulling me completely
Into Her World Soher world so at the end of each reading session I found myself having to make an "effort to remind myself which world was the real one And each time I returned to "to remind myself which world was the real one And each time I returned to book it was like stepping back into somewhere I newI ve read by no means all of the RendellVine novels but I d rank this pretty highly among the ones that I have Definitely recommended While the story Swapping Lives kept me turning pages Gallowglass imho is not up among the best of Barbara Vine s workWhat I like about this author s writing in general is that she is able to get to the heart of some really severe dysfunctions in people that explain why they tick and why they do what they do Another trait of a uintessential Barbara Vine novel is that she has this way of making younow inwardly from the outset that you re about to watch a train wreck happen and there s absolutely nothing you can do to pull yourself away from the event You re so sucked in by the first few pages that you can t put the book downThe basic story with no spoilersJoe Herbert finds himself released from a mental hospital before he s ready to go after suffering some pretty heavy depression He goes home well to the only home he Strange Flesh knows that of his foster parents who ve really done a number on his mental state but they won teep him He s about to throw himself into the path of an oncoming train and is rescued by Sandor Wincanton who tells Joe that since he saved his life Joe now belongs to Sandor He is his gallowglass a Rubyfruit Jungle kind of bodyguard or servant to do the wishes of his chief Sandor has an obsession I won t say what it is and Joe uickly becomes part of itIt s a dark novel a look at people s psyches rather than focusing on a crime uite well done and it s a book you ll be thinking about for some time after you ve finished itTrue blue mystery fans may or may not like it it s of a psychological suspense type story rather than anyind of actual mystery However I would recommend it but beware there are a lot of sickos in here This was like somewhere between a 2 and a 3 I found the beggining of the book to be very engaging but it slowed down a lot the further in I readI didn t like how preoccupied Paul got with Nina once they actually got together His daughter is only 7 and he completely forgets about her which made me really not like himThe end has a hundred and one twists I thought I d figured some of it out I thought Sandor intended to When He was Wicked kill Nina and I thought maybe the Italian waiter was that Gianni and Sandor was in on it with him again maybe they were even gay but I got both wrongI thought Nina beingilled in the end was pretty full on Why did they ill her Maybe she was so fed up with the whole idnapping business that she wouldn t go along with any of it but she didn t manage to get away like she did with SandorI didn t even think the home help would be Italian Seems like it could have been a trigger for Nina to hear Italian accents all the time I thought they were HispanicLatino my silly reasoning behind this is I think because the man was called Colombo and I my mind went to Colombia In retrospect I wonder if the Italian waiter was working with the couple and let them A Spark of Light know Sandor was around No doubt Sandor let all sorts slip when he was busy showing off his ability to speak ItalianI wasn t surprised Sandorilled himself I was surprised Joe started sleeping with his sister not blood related I Les changements terrestres et la connexion anthropocosmique: L'histoire secrete du monde - Tome 3 know I didn t think Tilly would be interested in him at all I think it s an arrangement of convenience and that Tilly is now going to use Joe I think Joe is going to have a pretty shitty rest of his life I miss Rendell so much and this book is a reason why Damn She takes a bunch of unlikable people and makes a compelling dark story Stephen King eat your bloody heart out and Inow h I don t really want to waste any time on this novel by reviewing it but I m doing it so others Unbeueme Baudenkmale Entsorgen? Schutzen? Pflegen? know what to expect as the blurb is gravely misleading This is the first time I read Ruth RendellBarbara Vine and I simply cannot believe this is a book written by an established novelist who by the. Ss youngster 'so your life belongs to me now' Sandor began to tell him a fairy tale an ageing prince aidnapped princess chained by one ankle a missed rende. ,
Time of publication had been writing for just short of 30 years The fact that it s clumsy is one Of The Best Things To the best things to about it This is a sickeningly superficial Story Full Of Badly full of badly one dimensional characters that lack any sign of emotional depth Below I present a non exhaustive list of what I found infuriating about it Little Joe who is 27 is infantilised throughout by Sandor two years older who rescues him from his depression and from jumping in front of a train Yes that s right as soon as Sandor turns up Joe s depression is gonejust like that Tilly foster sister and a close confidante of Joe s throughout his childhood so someone you d think would understand his struggle greets him with You haven t got depression any have you Sandor s face did it And when Sandor False Arrest True Story of Kidnapping Contract Murder Police Corruption and Innocence kills himself out of unreuited love what stops Joe s depression from returning is a TV he was given No word on how the TV achieved this feat It should also be mentioned that Sandor s treatment of Joe is anything other than loving He admits later that he was only using him as a tool to get back with his princess No word on why he violently cuts Joe with a razor twice Sandor s face can launch a thousand ships and cure depression but what about women s faces Well it won t do of course for a woman to not be beautiful Tilly is described as having been so fat as a child that someone thought she had Down Syndrome I m not making this up this is in the book She was huge at 14 stone A few years later says Joe she lost weight but not enough She wasn t ugly any though Puh lucky her Not that it makes a difference because she had a boyfriend anyway Any girl can get a manwhen she s young Any girl She then loses a bit weight and is now normal Well now even her brother can t stop staring at her or eualling her to Carmen or Medusa Tilly at least is never held captive Take note ladies Beauty isn t skin deep it s fear deep Being frightened makes you ugly Nina formeridnap victim is so afraid of male violence that she doesn t leave the house and marries a man she doesn t love only because he is big on personal security She is always referred to as the princess no word on why She isn t one Sandor her idnapper had fallen in love with her because when he raped his victim she managed to convey the imitation of enjoyment Rape of a idnap victim is trivialised several times especially when Nina says that it was really fine because he was young and looked nice Although she does admit that to be free I d have gone to bed with the Elephant Man So VineRendell ticks off rape murder idnap child abusewhat s missing Oh yes incest So Joe and Tilly end up in a full sexual relationship At least that s what Tilly says because Joe doesn t actually care about sex He s asexual but obsessed with the idea of Sandor who appears to be homophobicPeople fall in love insanely uickly in this novel and I would if it were this easy Love in Gallowglass brings with it very few conseuences or difficulties Parents treat their children as hotel guests The absence of love and care in Joe s childhood means that he doesn t understand emotions he gets the wrong end of the stick he s immature and his mental age is far below 27 If his status as a narrator had been thought through this could have made for an interesting viewpoint and Joe might have been genuine and believable None of that nonsense here Just monotony contradiction and phrases that will throw you into a rage I ll leave you with this passage which appears in the context of child abduction and how to look after the idnapped girl You think a woman would be gentler DISPARITIONS kinder softer sueamish than us They aren t It s men that have put that sort of thing about to make up for being the bosses You don t feel so guilty if you can persuade yourself your slaves are morally better than you Thankfully book over This is one of my favorite Rendell as Vine books creepy mysterious and a pageturner A desperately lonely simple minded young man becomes in thrall to an ex con who s planning toidnap a wealthy woman A great psychological study of obsession leading to tragedy Interesting how sexuality is an afterthought for most of the characters the pleasure pain of devotion to an unworthy or mostly projected beloved is its own reward I m not sure the twist in the last two pages about Gianni was strictly necessary or earned The 1980s 90s were really the peak of RendellVine s powers IMHO Skip her misogynist Wexford novels and read these stand alones if you want a close dissection of dysfunctional human brains. Zvous But what did this mysterious story have to do with Sandor's preparations Joe had only understood his own role he was a gallowglass the servant of a Chi.