The Drowning People. by Richard Mason

The Drowning People by Richard Mason My wife of than forty five years shot herself yesterday afternoon At least that is what the police assume and I am playing the part of grieving widower with enthusiasm and success It was I who killed

  • Title: The Drowning People. by Richard Mason
  • Author: Richard Mason
  • ISBN: 9780753828410
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • My wife of than forty five years shot herself yesterday afternoon At least that is what the police assume, and I am playing the part of grieving widower with enthusiasm and success It was I who killed her Thus begins the much hyped first novel by 20 year old Oxford undergraduate Richard Mason Your typical murder mystery The Drowning People is not, for we are g My wife of than forty five years shot herself yesterday afternoon At least that is what the police assume, and I am playing the part of grieving widower with enthusiasm and success It was I who killed her Thus begins the much hyped first novel by 20 year old Oxford undergraduate Richard Mason Your typical murder mystery The Drowning People is not, for we are given the identity of the killer the who immediately The puzzle in this introspective novel is why why did 70 year old James Farrell murder his aristocratic wife, Sarah The answer lies nearly 50 years into the past as the book ranges from Prague to London, from France to a remote castle in Cornwall At its core is an intoxicating love affair between 22 year old James, a talented violinist and hopeless romantic, and Ella Harewood, an American heiress to an English title, trapped by her heritage and destiny A beautifully written exploration of self absorbed first love and its tragic consequences, The Drowning People soars beyond the highest of expectations placed upon it.

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    1. Told from the point of view of the 70-year-old James Farrell, who has just recently murdered his wife, "Drowning People" tells the tragic, desperate tale of the chain of events which ultimately led him to murder.In the style of Fyodor Dostoevsky's "A Gentle Creature", the story begins shortly after the wife's death, with James deciding to make sense of the situation by reviewing their history together.But the comparison ends there, for where "A Gentle Creature" is short and punchy, "Drowning Peo [...]

    2. Yes, everyone said it and I agree, the opening sentences are riveting. Sadly, the novel doesn't live up to their promise. I knew how young the author was before I started the book and from that perspective I'm very impressed with his work, however I found the book to be too predictable and much too long for a predictable novel for my taste. I also felt that the Gothic feel of the book would have benefited from being set in a more appropriate decade, it's a bit distracting to be occasionally remi [...]

    3. I enjoyed this book very much. Richard Mason's first novel was quite impressive. I was hooked from the first page. His characters jumped off the page, they seem so real to me. I also read The History of a Pleasure Seeker, which I also loved. I had the honor of meeting Richard Mason in April at Booktopia 2012 Vermont. I look forward to reading other novels by Mr. Mason.

    4. Se avete avuto la sfortuna di leggere la Solitudine dei numeri primi, potete risparmiarvi questoSua moglie è una stronza e lui l'ha sparata, e questo non è uno spoiler visto che lo dice lui subito all'inizio. Alla ricerca di un romanzo gradevole e non troppo impegnativo, fuorviata da benigne recensioni anobiane, mi sono imbattuta in questo libercolo che si è rivelato alla fine un mattonazzo post-vittoriano con rigurgiti Harmonyci. Un po' come frullare Wharton, Forster e James in chiave romanc [...]

    5. Very well written, but this introspective, intriguing story often wanders off-piste and thereby loses its flow.

    6. I've read this book years ago and I remember loving it. I've read in itt in Italian and the Einaudi's transaltion was beautiful. I don't agree with the critic, this book was well written and well structured. Recommended for those who loved "The secret history"

    7. "Anime alla Deriva" - Richard Mason(1999)James Farrell, anziano violinista ormai in pensione uccide sua moglie, e non ne è pentito, perchè? Il perchè ce lo racconta nelle 350 pagine che ripercorrono tutta la sua vita, gli avvenimenti tragici e assurdi, le tristi coincidenze che hanno fatto di una vita innocente, un inganno perpetuo. Un amore difficile per Ella, ricca rampolla londinese, egoista e insicura che richiederà a James una prova d'amore, e lui ignora nella sua inesperienza di venten [...]

    8. This was not bad, it was pleasant even, however not the gripping thriller I took it for.In short, the plot itself was interesting enough, albeit not surprising. The "twists" [all both of them I think] were rather predictale the mintute you read the ground laying of them. Yet it was interesting to go on. My issue were some chapters that were too long and too descriptive, with their biggest sin being their placement.Just as you reached a very interesting part you got a quite boring chapter.The pro [...]

    9. This book had me from the very first page. The narrator is James Farrell, who when we begin the book, has just admitted to shooting his wife of over forty years in the head. He doesn't feel a stitch of remorse over it, in fact, he feels as though he has served a just punishment. Wow, ok. Way to draw a reader in. The rest of the novel is his retelling of his life and that of his true love, Ella, his dear friend, Eric, and the intertwining of all their lives with his now deceased wife, Sarah. Jame [...]

    10. Everyone alive today will or has already felt the haunt of growing old. We’ll all tremble at the thought of regrets and maybe even fear the sweeping hand of death. When we approach the end we will all look back on our lives, pose ‘what if’s to ourselves and wonder what would, should, could have been. The aging James Farrell is no different from us. He knows his time is coming; His judgement day is dawning. He also knows that what has happened has happened and no amount of urging will make [...]

    11. La trama di "Anime alla deriva" può apparire più o meno interessante rispetto ad altri melodrammi simili, ma non è questo il suo punto di debolezza. Il problema è invece che, per motivi anche imperscrutabili, il romanzo non riesce minimamente ad avvincere il lettore e questo per un melodramma è un guaio serio! I monologhi, i tormenti e le crisi interiori dei personaggi sembrano scritti da una mano furba ma sempre poco ispirata o poco partecipe, con fastidiose ripetizioni e colpi di scena pr [...]

    12. Wow! I really loved this book, the writing was so "smart". The imagery the author created through detailed descriptions of feelings and thought allowed me to feel almost as a voyeur inside the mind of James Farrell. This story begins in the latter years of one man's life, immediately after killing his wife. This is not a spoiler to the story as it is on the book jacket and basically is the opening line of the whole journey. What the author (Richard Mason) then does is goes back to when James was [...]

    13. True rating would be 2.5 stars if possible.Well, I didn't hate it! Therefore it gets 2.5 stars begrudgingly. I guess that's not a glowing review is it? Actually the author really is vey talented and has obvious good story-telling abilities. However, and this seems to get me all the time, I really disliked the characters. In this case, there were no redeeming supporting characters so I had to slog through pages of pages of these shallow dimwits without reprieve. I'm not sure I'd try reading anoth [...]

    14. Ok, I thought I was on a roll, two 5 star books in a row. But this one doesn't quite merit 5 stars. Which is not to say that it isn't a rollicking good yarn, filled to bursting with melodrama, intrigue, young love, madness, egotism, etc. It has a fabulous opening line, where the author confesses to murdering his wife, and the following pages do not dissapoint much. I guess when we take into account that the author was 20 when the book was published, we can forgive him the overblown tone and the [...]

    15. Хороший сюжет для экранизации, просто прекрасный. Но сама книга могла бы быть"сделана" и получше, потому что слишком много растеканий мыслью по древу: когда герой возвращается к событиям прошлого, он так долго добирается до сути, что уже всем давно понятно, что там произошло [...]

    16. Title: The Drowning People:A fatal web these people weave.The Setup (Overview):James Farrell sits in the house that he shared with his wife for the last forty years. In the next room his wife lies dead, the gun she put to her head still in her hand. To anyone walking in it looks like a obvious case of suicide. In the coming days there will be questions of why. James will play the grieving husband tell the police and his family that he has no idea why his loving wife would take her life and that [...]

    17. I picked this book up at the $0.25 library sale. I had to read a bit of the cover just to know if it was a romance (which I avoid at all costs) novel, and this is what I read, 'My wife of 40 years shot herself yesterday afternoon, at last that is what the police assume.' Good enough for me!I'm going to preface this little critique by stating that I have never written a book, nor do I believe myself to be successfully capable of doing so… however… within two pages, I realized two thing; it wa [...]

    18. "Meine Frau, mit der ich über fünfundvierzig Jahre verheiratet war, hat sich gestern Nachmittag erschossen. Das glaubt zumindest die Polizei, und ich spiele mit Begeisterung und mit Erfolg die Rolle des trauernden Witwers Ich war es, der sie getötet hat."Das sind die ersten Sätze dieses Buches. Ab dem nächsten Kapitel werden in Rückblenden, die vor etwa 50 Jahren beginnen, die Ereignisse geschildert, die zu dieser Tat führen. Die Familien- und Liebesgeschichte ist zwar dramatisch, spannen [...]

    19. It might have been seriously better if it hadn't been so very predictable. The author keeps repeating the same things about how remembering gets him digressing on things that are not really important( could have said it just once, twice tops). The storyline is quite good and ghostly enough for it to be a "bad romance". The feelings of the characters are well depicted and I really liked that. In the end though I was waiting for some unexpected twist in the plot that never came. Too bad!Se non fos [...]

    20. I bought this book after hearing the author interviewed by Nancy Pearl, my authority on all things book. I liked the plot and the setting, but the narrator's obsessive ruminations became tiresome. I'm sure that was the point. I felt like I was drowning in his endless thoughts, which, of course, is exactly how he felt. Ultimately, I'm glad I stuck with it, even though I wanted the narrator to periodically say, "Let me just give you the short version." That probably speaks more to my damaged atten [...]

    21. Another example of a fine book which would have been so much better with fewer pages. Mason has a tendency to want to hold your hand and explain everything to the reader. I'm not spoiling anything my saying that the narrator has killed his wife so the entire book is spent explaining what led up to that event. However there is a big twist near the end that I did not see coming at all and I did enjoy the story.

    22. Why would a man kill his wife after 45 years of happy marriage. Sarah had a secret which he unexpectedly discovered, but what she had done all of those years ago had changed his life forever. This is a book about love, family secrets, revenge, betrayal, and identity. Ultimately a sad story for all of the characters involved.

    23. La storia � bella, anche se il finale � prevedibile. E' un noir gotico che ricorda un po' i libri di McGraw. Ma poi secondo me si perde in elucubrazioni, e diventa un po' pesante, ossessivo; a tratti sa di feuilletton decadente. Ma quello che non gli perdono � il filo di tutto il libro: che la natura umana ha bisogno di punizione per espiare le malefatte. Per� l'ho letto in fretta e volentieri.

    24. Reilun kolmensadan sivun mittaansa pidemmän tuntuinen romaani. Alkaa ja jatkuu melko pitkään varsin vakuuttavana salaisuuksia sisältävänä tarinana, mutta muuttuu jossain vaiheessa melkoisen dramaattiseksi soossiksi, joka alkaa lähinnä ärsyttää ja laahata. Plussaa annan asetelmasta ja henkilöistä, jotka ovat niin kaukana ankeasta reaalimaailmasta, että ovat jo viihdyttäviä.

    25. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The characters were solidly drawn and the plot was quite interesting, if not altogether unpredictable. The structure of the novel was interesting, but left some loose ends since the audience of the narrator was never revealed. Still, it was entertaining and all the more impressive considering the youth of the author.

    26. I started reading this book, only to discover I had already read it. It was just as bad the second time around. The plot is intriguing, but the writing is so over the top melodramatic, and the two main characters are so droll that you don't care about them very much.

    27. Per me leggere questo libro è stato decisamente un'esperienza devastante! È un libro molto bello e pieno di spunti interessanti di riflessione, stimoli validi, scritto molto molto bene, fluido e scorrevole, con un ritmo perfetto di pause e avvenimenti, personaggi carichi di sfaccettature e di caratteristiche diverse ma sfumate e mai nette, quindi molto vicine a persone reali, ricco di colpi di scena, e che pur non essendo tecnicamente un giallo, e svolgendosi in realtà tutto in uno stesso tem [...]

    28. This is a reworking of the original novel, that I picked up back in 1999, and I was curious about the new introduction and how the setting was moved to a different time period (the original was set around the early 90s; now reworked to the 1930s). It's slightly briefer, the story is therefore a little pacier but the comparisons to The Secret History (also a hit at the time) remain upon revisiting. A slow burn psychological thriller.

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