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Sep 2013
A Fugue in Time - Rumer Godden - Virago, 2013
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Several years ago I had the concept of a story spread over centuries, told from the perspective of the room in which all the action took place. I didn't develop it because I couldn't come up with a compelling tale to tell in that framework, and also because I suspected that it wasn't original enough. I was right - this novel takes almost exactly that approach, even starting with the words "The house, it seems, is more important than the characters". Which means that this is the only book I know where the main criticism that can be levelled against it is summed up in its opening line.
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