Review: Georgia Blain’s “The Blind Eye”
I started this the other week but hadn’t read enough for it to sink in, so it was back to the beginning a couple of nights ago when I retrieved it from the Pillow Pile. Plot: Silas has a dark secret to do with his past fascination for the (literally) bewitching Constance. For salvation’s sake, his new shag Greta sends him to homeopath Daniel, who has dark secrets with Greta. Jealousy fangs around. Everybody’s nastier than they pretend. It’s dark then maybe light again.
OK, so, the plot’s not dazzling but the writing is quite good. Hypnotic, well weighted, powerful descriptions, simply written but often lyrical, absorbing. An interesting elucidation of homeopathy, too: sympathetic. Glad I read it, it bodes well for her other novels.
Where it came from: The Housesat Bookshelf again
Time taken to read: Two bed-nights and one bed-morning
Where it went to: Back home
Reminds me of: I saw an exhibition in Argentina called El ojo blindado, which means ‘the armoured eye’ (as in armoured car).
Who I’d recommend it to: —
Also reading: “The Heart of the Matter” by Graham Greene; “Cold Comfort Farm” by Stella Gibbons; “Gertrude” by Hermann Hesse; “The Mountain” by Kate Llewellyn; “The Plumed Serpent” by D.H. Lawrence (rediscovered with bookmark in Pile No. 3); “The Reivers” by William Faulkner (likewise)