Teddy was born in squalor. Now he is a craftsman determined to banish ugliness from his life. Harriet is a beautiful, bored trophy wife who employs a series. A Sight for Sore Eyes: A Novel [Ruth Rendell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Teddy was born in squalor. Now he is a craftsman. But in Ruth Rendell’s dark and damaged contemporary universe, innocent dreams can turn into the most terrible living nightmares. Teddy Brex emerges from a.

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Around this collection of kooks, who fall victim to an unusual amount of miscalculations and misunderstandings, Rendell, as usual manages to weave a fascinating, This book is populated by enough psychologically damaged characters to fill an asylum. These were produced for private distribution. Lists with This Book.

You know that eventually the paths of their lives will intersect and it is mesmerizing to sit back and anticipate it. Handsome edition of the author’s 19th stand-alone novel. This novel has one of my favorite formulas, be it with novels or movies, and it is this: I don’t mind the odd error or inconsistency, especially when they have sord material bearing on the trajectory of events.

This is Woolrich type territory, too. Free of societal mores, he becomes a sociopath, who eventually discovers that killing can be an effective way to get what he wants. Not until nine months after the murder did she manage to speak, but she could not tell eight police or her father anything to help track down the killer.

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It would makes sense to read one and then the newer one to tie up the loose ends, but the Wexford novel is the better by far. And then there’s that young woman whose childhood was also beset with tragedy but in a different way and almost becomes a modernized fairy tale princess–an “evil stepmother,” a longing to escape, and a seemingly charming prince.

Random House Audio Availability: We don’t know anything about her, who she is, what her background is. Ruth Rendell is a good write I felt compelled to re-read this following the latest Wexford that intriguingly returns to the scenes of all the murders in “The Vault” I immediately recognised the house and the girl, Harriet, who featured in the painting, but couldn’t really remember the story. Francine meets Teddy at an art show and they are attracted to each other. An interesting summary of Rendell’s work.


Quarter bound in white paper with gray paper covered boards. No, you are dead wrong about that. Teddy’s anxiety comes from what he perceives as the poverty of his person. We follow Teddy and Francine through their lives.

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One that hadn’t made the cut was Ruth Rendell’s Make Death Love Me, quite readable but failed to leave a lasting impression. How convenient is that? And that is it.

These three seemingly separate stories gradually merge into one horrific tale. As always Ruth Rendell has a large number of characters in this novel and skilfully brings all the strands of their stories together. Oct 06, CB Davis rated it did not like it. Connected by strands of chance, their lives intersecting in the strangest of ways, these three people are on a journey that will bring them to each other—and to a beautiful ivy-covered home with at least one dead body in the basement….

Aug 16, Gloria rated it liked it Shelves: The jacket is not price-clipped, and is fine. Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. And she treats even unlikeable, appalling characters with a sort of frank respect for their humanity that I really appreciate.

Copy lettered F of 16 lettered de luxe copies signed by the Author and Carol O’Donnell who wrote the introduction. Francine’s stepmother, for example, progresses from simple worry about her stepdaughter’s well-being to obsessive anxiety that borders on dementia. Francine is a beautiful young woman who was traumatised in her childhood by the murder of her mother. I will give this four stars for the exceptional writing. A Sight for Sore Eyes: The xore thing in English mystery fascinates me.

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Will definitely be reading more by this author as I was a huge fan of the Wexford stories when I was young and her work has been recommended to me by many people. And the only subject open to young women to study there is English Literature. Francine’s father remarries the child psychologist Julia, he hires to help Francine.

Return to Book Page. Rendwll Brex became a handsome young man, Francine was beautiful. Rendell follows the story’s principal objects as closely as she does its characters: She doesn’t even really learn Teddy’s secret.

In some ways, Rendell’s writing here makes me think of Cornell Woolrich, but a generation on and with that English crime sensibility that I probably don’t know enough about to pinpoint accurately, but which I think I recognize when I read it.

But Teddy’s poverty goes deeper than he realises, because he’s never really had eendell friend, and while he’s in many ways very intelligent, his intelligence is concentrated so completely on his own personal needs that soer that would seem simple to an average man of Teddy’s own social standing flummox and anger him.

Fine in fine dust jacket. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! I know this is quite petty but when you read a book by such a high I was bitterly disappointed with this book after reading so many good reviews and having had a friend recommend it to me.

Cat’s Cradle Booksellers Published: Normally that would put me right off a book, but I found myself absorbed in spite of it. It all adds up to an engrossing psychological story about the unusual Teddy who is an artist at carving wood but completely lost in dealing with social relationships.

Ended with a bump instead of a bang.