Literary reviews by Tim Love.
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Friday, 8 December 2000

"After Rain" by William Trevor (Viking, 1996)

Initially I was worried that Trevor, while still coming up with plot and character ideas (this volume has as much variety as previous volumes), was becoming lazy. In too many of the early stories the punch line (the deepening of emotion) is stuck on by the author; something not inconsistent with the observations in the story, but also something not prepared for. The later stories were better though. I liked "After Rain", "Gilbert's Mother", "Lost Ground" and "A Day".

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