Swimming Home by Deborah Levy

Into the Wild

Swimming Home Read Online Free - Swimming Home is a subversive page-turner, a merciless gaze at the insidious harm that depression can have on apparently stable, well-turned-out people. Set in a summer villa, the story is tautly structured, taking place over a single week in which a group of beautiful, flawed tourists in the French Riviera come loose at the seams. Deborah Levy's writing combines linguistic virtuosity, technical brilliance and a strong sense of what it means to be alive. Swimming Home represents a new direction for a major writer. In this book, the wildness and the danger are all the more powerful for resting just beneath the surface. With its deep psychology, biting humour and deceptively light surface, it wears its darkness lightly.

Title : Swimming Home
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ISBN : 1908276029
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 165 pages


Lynne rated it ★★★★★

August 20, 2016

I’m really at a loss to understand why this novella shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 did not win it. This is a perfect book. The prose is magnificent and a tour de force by an author with an exquisite handling particularly of the mental state in human beings. The setting is July 1994, in...

Hugh rated it ★★★★★

December 20, 2016

This book is rather wonderful - cryptic, elusive, allusive and dreamlike, and very difficult to encapsulate or describe in a meaningful review. My only previous exposure to Levy was reading her most recent book Hot Milk, and this book occupies similar territory, at least superficially. Both are f...

LeAnne rated it ★★★★★

March 10, 2018

Move over, Truman Capote. Holly Go-Lightly has met her match and then some in Kitty Finch, the strange young botanist who insinuates herself into the vacation home rented by a renowned poet and his little family. Her allure tattoos itself into the thin skin of the poet's marriage, and we root for...

Elaine rated it ★★★☆☆

October 07, 2012

I really wanted to love this book, and I did love Levy's writing, her prose is masterful, conveying character, setting, insight in small spare beautifully crafted paragraphs. The entire book is quite lean -- a week of time, briefly, surgically told -- and yet there are 9 distinct, well drawn char...

B the BookAddict rated it ★★★★★

February 02, 2016

Swimming Home is a steal: with just 157 pages, this little book packs an incredible punch. The pervading scent of menace in this novel is overpowering and disquieting. Precise, concise, decisive sentences trap the reader. Nice (France) is overhung with a grey cloud of emotive intrigue. Only the c...

MJ rated it ★★★☆☆

August 22, 2012

This queer, disquieting novel blends a dark, surreal Topor-topos with a Hollywood noir of forties vintage. Taking place in 1994 over a week in a French holiday resort, the novel centres around stuttering botanist and exhibitionist depressive Kitty Finch and her interaction with a ragbag of unlike...

Hilary rated it ★☆☆☆☆

March 16, 2013

Over the past few years, I’ve found the Man Booker shortlist to be a pretty reliable source of new, interesting books I wouldn’t have discovered otherwise, like 2011’s excellent Pigeon English and The Sisters Brothers, or, from 2010, Room, Andrea Levy’s amazing The Long Song, and Tom McCarthy’s w...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

October 20, 2012

3.5 Not quite sure what to make of this little gem of a book. A holiday, characters that are on course for a terrific crash of some sort, the insidious nature of depression all meet in this tightly structured, brilliantly worded novel. Every word, every scene means something, nothing is wasted. S...

Michael rated it ★★★★★

February 07, 2017

A group of tourists holidaying in the French Riviera arrive at their summer villa only to find something floating in the swimming pool. One of them thinks it’s a bear, but it turns out to be a very naked stranger. The woman Kitty, having nowhere else to go, joins the group and ends up being a big...

Cheryl rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 10, 2012

The characters were flat, undifferentiated. They were faceless to me, doing nothing, being nothing, but somehow permeating the book with their unspoken whining. Intensely irritating. They all melted together as an amorphous mass of indecipherable...nothingness. I am so done with this book.

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