Book Review: Trespass – Rose Tremain

Title: Trespass
Author: Rose Tremain
ISBN: 9780393079562
Pages: 253
Release Date: October 18, 2010
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

Trespass focuses on two sets of siblings:  Audrun and Aramon, and Veronica and Anthony.  Aramon and Audrun live just outside a small village in Southern France.  Aramon lives in their large family house, while Audrun has been banished to a small bungalow on the edge of the property.  Meanwhile, Anthony decides that he wants to buy a house in the French countryside, moving in with his sister Veronica and her lover Kitty while he looks.  These two families collide in the most unexpected ways, with lasting repercussions.

Review:

From the very first page of Trespass, the reader knows something very bad has happened and will happen again.  The entire novel is stuffed to the brim with secrets; though some fall out of the overflow into the reader’s hands, many are just hinted at.  There is a sense of dread that permeates this entire book; things will not end well.  As the pages turn, and the reader begins to understand the characters in this book, the twisted nature of the novel becomes clear.

Rose Tremain’s writing is beautiful and atmospheric.  She manages to convey so much emotion with just a few words.  There’s no doubt that the dread the reader feels while reading the novel is put there through Tremain’s prose.  She is a master of the craft of writing, manipulating words at will on order to achieve her desired result.  Despite the darkness of the book, it is easy to read, as the words flow smoothly from beginning to end.

There are two stories running through this novel that overlap as the story progresses.  The Audrun/Aramon relationship was much more interesting than that of Anthony/Veronica.  Their situation is difficult to see clearly through all the fog that surrounds them.  Why has Audrun been banished to a bungalow on the corner of the lot, rather than inheriting along with Aramon?  Why is there so much animosity between the two?  Their tale takes on an almost gothic feel as truths are revealed.  Their story was much more atmospheric and gripping than that of Anthony/Veronica, though both plotlines are interesting.

It’s difficult to write a review of Trespass without giving away key points of the novel, so I’ll just leave it as it is.  It was a haunting novel that, while dealing with difficult subjects and imagery, is remarkably easy to read.  This one is a must for fans of literary fiction; the story is engrossing and the writing is not to be missed.

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Comments

  1. This book sounds excellent…putting it on my wishlist.

  2. This book sounds excellent…putting it on my wishlist.

  3. You’ve just reminded me that I was meaning to pick this up. I didn’t really like the other book I read of hers….I think it was called The Colour? But this has had some really good reviews.

  4. You’ve just reminded me that I was meaning to pick this up. I didn’t really like the other book I read of hers….I think it was called The Colour? But this has had some really good reviews.

  5. I loved this novel too. It was a wonderful, quick read for me, and Tremain’s writing was mesmerizing. I’m looking forward to reading more of her backlist.

  6. I loved this novel too. It was a wonderful, quick read for me, and Tremain’s writing was mesmerizing. I’m looking forward to reading more of her backlist.

  7. Oh, this book sounds great. I just added it to my list! Terrific review, Swapna!

  8. Oh, this book sounds great. I just added it to my list! Terrific review, Swapna!

  9. I have been reading a lot about Tremain and her way with words lately, and actually have her book, Music and Silence on my shelf right now. I think this book sounds very intriguing and atmospheric, and I would love to grab my own copy and read it for myself. This one is going on my list. I loved your review, and the fact that you didn’t give too many spoilers. I also love the rich and evocative feel that you seem to hint at.

  10. I have been reading a lot about Tremain and her way with words lately, and actually have her book, Music and Silence on my shelf right now. I think this book sounds very intriguing and atmospheric, and I would love to grab my own copy and read it for myself. This one is going on my list. I loved your review, and the fact that you didn’t give too many spoilers. I also love the rich and evocative feel that you seem to hint at.

  11. Great Review — I am going to go broke reading all of your reviews and responding accordingly, but it’s worth it!

    — Rebecca

    http://www.thebirdsisters.com

  12. Great Review — I am going to go broke reading all of your reviews and responding accordingly, but it’s worth it!

    — Rebecca

    http://www.thebirdsisters.com

  13. I love Tremain’s writing, so this book has been on my radar. I’m not surprised you liked it so much.

  14. I love Tremain’s writing, so this book has been on my radar. I’m not surprised you liked it so much.

  15. Oh this one sounds very interesting. Will have to add this one to my possibles list.

  16. Oh this one sounds very interesting. Will have to add this one to my possibles list.

  17. I do want to read this one but . . . I am just a little nervous I won’t like it. Not sure why, just a gut feeling.

  18. I do want to read this one but . . . I am just a little nervous I won’t like it. Not sure why, just a gut feeling.

  19. Love the sound of this one. I am wishlisting it.

  20. Love the sound of this one. I am wishlisting it.

  21. I love Tremain and can’t wait to read this one!

  22. I love Tremain and can’t wait to read this one!

  23. sounds like a mystery I’d enjoy unraveling.

  24. sounds like a mystery I’d enjoy unraveling.

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