A Presumption of Death by Jill Paton Walsh
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I remember disliking Thrones, Dominions, but I may go back and re-read it.
Have any of you read either of these? What'cha think?
I feel just the same: A Presumption of Death was a mere surprise and a great pleasure. It became one of my favourites Wimsey-novels. I like the idea of Harriet being a mother. Rather disappointing was Thrones, Dominions, and even rereading it did not help very much. But I think it's not Ms Walsh fault, it's the story - less plausible than her other adaption.
Do you know Alberto Manguels History of Reading? He writes, he would love to read another Sayers-novels by Ms Walsh as well. So we are three.
Regards from Switzerland
I don't know Alberto Manguels but will look him up.
And, hey lilithcat! I hated Thrones, Dominations too and agree with your reasons. It felt very forced to me. You might really enjoy A Presumption of Death, though.
And I probably won't consider re-reading Thrones anytime soon.
Pros: It kept me reading until the end, and I'm actually not much of a crime fiction fan outside of Dorothy L and, when I'm feeling like some light reading, the occasional 'Miss Marple' or 'Miss Seeton'; so that's a point in her favour.
Cons: (1) JPW is simply not as good a prose writer as DLS. She doesn't flow so well and I occasionally came upon awkward sentence structures that Dorothy L would never have allowed into print. (2) I haven't checked this out properly as yet (and I probably won't bother), but some of the language she gave people struck me as anachronistic, leaving me thinking that people in that time and place just would not have spoken quite like that. (3) I wasn't impressed by some of her characterisation. Just off the top of my head, I don't think she at all accurately captured DLS's depiction of Puffet, the vicar's wife, Miss Twitterton or Helen, and I wasn't really convinced by the Dowager Duchess or Bunter, either (and I dread to think what Dorothy L. would have had to say about having Harriet undressing Bunter). (4) I missed the way DLS liberally peppered Harriet and Peter's speech and thoughts with unacknowledged and almost unsignalled literary quotes and allusions - for me that was one of the delights of the books and, after perhaps a couple of decades of reading, I still haven't chased down the half of them to their sources - always supposing I've actually spotted them all, which is unlikely. They were Dorothy L's way of signalling that Harriet and Peter were kindred spirits and potential soul mates - very important.
I'm sorry, but Jill Paton Walsh is just not Dorothy L. Sayer.