The Light Between Oceans

As I am asked to expand my comment of ‘Light Between’, I can only repeat my bleak emotional feeling about the story. It is regarding the writing as well as the content. The writing is without a metaphoric aspect, appearently not intended. It’s just as Bennett’s writing was a plethora of meanings. And the content: you can only hope for an eternal life with rewarding justice; and I don’t believe in it. Therefore, the story made a deeply depressing impression on me.

Franz

The Light Between

As I am asked to expand my short comment of ‘Light between’, I can only repeat my bleak emotion about the story. It is regarding the writing as well as the content. The writing is without any metaphoric aspect, appearently not intended. It’s just as Bennett’s writing was so full of a plethora of meanings. And the content: you can only hope for an eternal life with rewarding justice; and I don’t believe in it. Therefore, the story made a deeply depressing impression on me.

Franz 

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In my view, ‘Light Between’ is a straight story about good people destroying their lives in deciding between two different good acts. I miss greatly Bennett’s humour and imagination. The outcome is simply tragic and sad, despite the avoided hanging or years-lasting imprisonment. The late arrival of Lucy-Grace doesn’t help either. A dismal story. I wonder, what others feel about?

Franz 

Loving Bennett

Loving Bennet at the moment. The first story: The Laying on of Hands, is so minutely observed. It’s feels like an essay on human nature. His voice is of light touch parody always works well in the setting he chooses. Fave bits so far include: The plump priest with ‘Romish inclinations’ whose frame caused his cloak to ‘swish’ – which people in the slum parish didn’t seem to mind.

What do you guys think?

Jon