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  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • The View from Here
  • Deborah McKinlay
  • English
  • 09 October 2019
  • 9781569478714

About the Author: Deborah McKinlay

Deborah McKinlay has from Here PDF ✓ published half a dozen non fiction titles in the UK, and her books have been translated into numerous languages Her work has The View PDF/EPUB or appeared in British Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire She lives in South West England The View from Here is her first novel.



10 thoughts on “The View from Here

  1. says:

    I liked the book but I didn t find the main character particularly endearing, especially in her younger version I also felt that the cast of characters was confusing and that the parts of the book that took place in the past could have had so much detail A setting like the big house offers so much opportunity for interesting details or stories that would have brought the characters to life and it just never happens It is hard to feel anything for characters in a book who are never fully developed Even the main character in her younger version is devoid of depth and I had a hard time knowing why she did the things she did.It was a quick and enjoyable read but not a story that stays with you.

  2. says:

    A hauntingly beautiful story, balancing a carefree hedonistic past with the mortal gravity of maturity and remorse I found McKinley s book explored the weight of betrayal and it s consequences with a steady hand the lapses into the past were as refreshing as diving into a pool on a hot summer s day Until of course, things got a little murky I couldn t wait to dive in each night

  3. says:

    I was a blonde eating an avocado, in a country where avocados were plentiful and blondes were rare, on a hot night over half my lifetime ago That evening the restaurant was busy, but I heard American voices and I looked up They were a dozen or so, adults and children, and people watched as they sat at several tables pushed together, on the open side of the room One of the women fanned herself with a menu The children, who had been noisy, settled suddenly, and it was just as the gabble dipped and a quick, engulfing quiet fell that a voice, still party pitched, announced Sally, I have never slept with your husband A measured, cooler tone answered, I couldn t care less, darling Everybody else has It may be 1976 when Frances meets the privileged, devastatingly desperate couples in Mexico, but the lifestyle they seek is much reminiscent of the 20s Booze flows freely Husbands and wives act nonchalantly while nursing grave hurts, and the sexual energy is tangible Newly single, young, and unassuming, Frances is enveloped by the group, useful both as entertainment and pawn Heedless of the barely concealed tensions and anger that exist within the group, she observes each closely, but lacking full understanding, she swiftly gets caught up with one of the women s husbands, and as she says, The proximity of my lover s wife should have deflated the moony bubble of my desire for him I am aware of that, was aware of it even then, but it did not There were things that contributed to this, things that are somewhat hard to convey The times, for instance It seems feeble now, but there was then, and especially in that detaching, sensual heat, an atmosphere of general disregard, for practicality, for convention.Older and wiser, Frances begins writing because she is terminally ill, but the acute pain she feels has to do with the letter she finds that leaves no doubt her husband is in love with another woman The realization comes shortly before her diagnosis, and Frances watches her husband for subtle changes At heart, she is an observer, and, wanting to know , she follows her husband when she knows he will be meeting his lover She watches them embrace and sees he is obviously explaining he can t see his lover any She watches as the young woman sits in her car weeping, not altogether unsympathetic, noting she will eventually drive home because at some point we do those things even when the circumstances constrict us so much that all movement is impossible The View From Here by Deborah McKinlay is a novel of characters, and the character development is so thorough and observant that even when dealing with a tough subject like adultery, McKinlay lends her characters a humanity that is astonishing Particularly in the character of Phillip, her husband, there is an intricacy to his love for his wife and that of his lover that is heartbreaking even while abject.However, this is not a book full of well written characters alone, for Frances summer in Mexico ended traumatically, and it is her guilt that needs assuaging As she comes to terms with her own culpability, both in her youth and in her marriage, Frances welcomes the release and finally allows herself clarity because, as she says day to day life has that quality, muddy, while you are still in the process of swimming through it It is the stored accounts that get polished, tossing about all those years inside the mind.The View From Here is a remarkably quiet but impactful novel, and oddly enough, I d recommend it for lovers of The Great Gatsby or Rules of Civility.

  4. says:

    I was expecting a book similar to her second book, which I loved and it just wasn t what I thought it would be I do like Ms McKinlay s writing, so I enjoyed that, but this story didn t grab me I did finish it and I will read books by this author.From When Frances was twenty two, she was drifting, scraping by giving English lessons in Mexico, when she met up with a glamorous group of vacationing Americans staying in a mansion on a private beach Two decades later in rural England, she discovers a love letter from a younger woman addressed to her husband almost at the same time as she learns that she s facing a life threatening illness As her contented existence begins to unravel and she tries to decide how and if she will confront her husband about his infidelity, Frances finds herself haunted by the memory of her heady desert encounter with the charmed circle of the Severance family That summer in 1976 seemed, until now, like another lifetime As she recalls this long buried episode from her past, she is forced to face for the first time her own role in an illicit romance and the betrayal and tragedy that marked its ending.

  5. says:

    I can not rave enough about this book This is high class, intelligent writing and I was completely intrigued This novel is written in a captivating and riveting telling of two stories intertwined one in which the narrator is young and one is which she is old It bounces back and forth and the ending tidies the reason for this into a shocking, twisting, neat little bow I had no idea what hit me A twist that I did not expect and loved wholeheartedly This is one book that I stared at for a long time after, and I only do that with books I truly, truly love Excellent I would love, love, love to see this made into a film.

  6. says:

    I enjoyed The View From here, but it was sometimes difficult to follow the back and forth timelines of the younger older version of the main character I also wish that it had delved into of what was causing her chronic illness I felt like it would have been even better as two different books where the first book focused on the younger version and the second book focused on the older version.

  7. says:

    both betraying betrayed a stunning conclusion I knew I was going to die, and although I do not believe as some people do that life hands out justice in fair measure, that suffering is related to one s past sins, it did seem logical, understandable that I should not live a long life instagram book reviews brettlikesbooks

  8. says:

    A story within a story, The View From Here takes the reader to the past and back to the present, side by side, with little explanation of how the two relate until the very end To be honest, I found neither the past nor the present to be very engaging To me, the first line of the book was the best I should have stopped there.

  9. says:

    It may be 1976 when Frances meets the privileged, devastatingly desperate couples in Mexico, but the lifestyle they seek is much reminiscent of the 20s Booze flows freely Husbands and wives act nonchalantly while nursing grave hurts, and the sexual energy is tangible Newly single, young, and unassuming, Frances is enveloped by the group, useful both as entertainment and pawn Heedless of the barely concealed tensions and anger that exist within the group, she observes each closely, but lacking full understanding, she swiftly gets caught up with one of the women s husbands, and as she says, The proximity of my lover s wife should have deflated the moony bubble of my desire for him I am aware of that, was aware of it even then, but it did not There were things that contributed to this, things that are somewhat hard to convey The times, for instance It seems feeble now, but there was then, and especially in that detaching, sensual heat, an atmosphere of general disregard, for practicality, for convention.Older and wiser, Frances begins writing because she is terminally ill, but the acute pain she feels has to do with the letter she finds that leaves no doubt her husband is in love with another woman The realization comes shortly before her diagnosis, and Frances watches her husband for subtle changes At heart, she is an observer, and, wanting to know , she follows her husband when she knows he will be meeting his lover She watches them embrace and sees he is obviously explaining he can t see his lover any She watches as the young woman sits in her car weeping, not altogether unsympathetic, noting she will eventually drive home because at some point we do those things even when the circumstances constrict us so much that all movement is impossible The View From Here by Deborah McKinlay is a novel of characters, and the character development is so thorough and observant that even when dealing with a tough subject like adultery, McKinlay lends her characters a humanity that is astonishing Particularly in the character of Phillip, her husband, there is an intricacy to his love for his wife and that of his lover that is heartbreaking even while abject.However, this is not a book full of well written characters alone, for Frances summer in Mexico ended traumatically, and it is her guilt that needs assuaging As she comes to terms with her own culpability, both in her youth and in her marriage, Frances welcomes the release and finally allows herself clarity because, as she says day to day life has that quality, muddy, while you are still in the process of swimming through it It is the stored accounts that get polished, tossing about all those years inside the mind.The View From Here is a remarkably quiet but impactful novel, and oddly enough, I d recommend it for lovers of The Great Gatsby or Rules of Civility.

  10. says:

    I really enjoyed this book and recommend it p.113 So, by committing all this to paper I am willingly exposing it, to myself and possibly to others, because I do know that despite my conviction that writing is easier somehow, less inflammatory than affording the words oxygen, stories on pages, unless speedily reduced to ashes, have a far longer and potent life than any given up to air and others ears p 117 It was a wonderful day Not too hot and with just enough breeze I remember thinking, seating myself near Mason on a bamboo beach mat, that this was happiness That I knew it, right then That I wouldn t need to look back from some distant future to realize it p.153 But day to day life has that quality, muddy, while you are still in the process of swimming through it It is the stored accounts that get polished, tossing about all those years inside the mind.

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