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  • Yet this is no romantic last stand against the disease, as Annemiecke continues to be the unfaithful, almost unfeeling woman she has always been, leaving Jan with little hope that they can even ever be friends again

    • by SuzieB
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      The cover of Becoming Strangers, by Louise Dean, suggested to me that it would be a light read. The summary on the back, which described it as being the story of two couples who meet on holiday in the Caribbean, also suggested something frothy, but this book is far from an easy read.

      It explores the nature of relationships in a frank and almost brutal way, through the eyes of two couples who, in


      various ways, are ‘becoming strangers’ to one another.

      Jan and his wife Annemiecke are taking their last vacation, as Jan is suffering from terminal cancer.

      Yet this is no romantic last stand against the disease, as Annemiecke continues to be the unfaithful, almost unfeeling woman she has always been, leaving Jan with little hope that they can even ever be friends again.

      George and Dorothy, a couple in their eighties, are taking their first ...


      • foreign holiday, but their pleasure at being in such a beautiful place is overshadowed by Dorothy’s worsening forgetfulness, which she fears is thee onset of Alzheimer’s.

        These two couples meet, and form an unlikely bond which leads to moments of laughter and also of tragedy and pathos.

        One reviewer, quoted on the jacket, wrote that they ‘didn’t know whether to laugh or cry - in the end I did both’.

        This was just how

        I felt.

        Louise Dean writes with a wonderful eye for detail and for the minutiae of people’s lives.

        By the end of the book, I felt that these characters were not just figments of an author’s imagination: they represented real people and real emotions that exist everywhere in the world.

        Becoming Strangers is published in the UK by Scribner UK, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2004.

        It is Louise Dean’s first novel.




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