Paul Rayment is on the threshold of a comfortable old age when a calamitous cycling accident results in the amputation of a leg. Humiliated, his body truncated, his life circumscribed, he turns away from his friends.
He hires a nurse named Marijana, with whom he has a European childhood in common: hers in Croatia, his in France. Tactfully and efficiently she ministers to his needs. But his feelings for her, and for her handsome teenage son, are complicated by the sudden arrival on his doorstep of the celebrated Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello, who threatens to take over the direction of his life and the affairs of his heart.
My Rating: 3/5
I read this as my November book for my 1001 Books to Read Before You Die challenge.
This book starts off right away with Paul's accident. This drew me into the story immediately. However, I found that I kept losing interest with it when it slowed down.
I connected with Paul more than I thought I would considering he is 60 years old, but for the most part I didn't care for him that much.
The setting was not as dull and boring as I thought it would be when I found out it was set in Adelaide.
The biggest problem I had with this book was Elizabeth Costello. I really do not understand what her purpose was at all. I felt like she was just added to move along the plot.