Thursday 30 April 2015
My Review: Past Caring by Robert Goddard
Two stories – one of a British cabinet minister, Edwin Strafford, and the second of a historian, Martin Radford, divorced and unemployed and visiting a friend in Madeira.
There are easily drawn parallels of Radford with Strafford, who suddenly and mysteriously loses his job and his fiance without a clue as to why this is happening to him. Strafford’s career is ruined and he ends up a minor consular official in Madeira. England’s political situation in the early 1900s is examined, as is the suffragette movement and the Boer War. All explored deftly, and in grand literary style.
The telling is lengthy, but engrossing. I loved the detailed plot, the mysteries – one was closed, only for another to emerge.
A beautifully written, elegant book. You will have no qualms recommending it to your mother.
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