Mahler by Text Message ; FICTION ++ between Each Breath by Adam Thorpe CAPE [Pound]16.99
Martin, Tim, The Independent on Sunday (London, England)
For most of his career Adam Thorpe's esoteric conceits and beautifully turned prose have provided a blessed antidote to the increasing tendency in white male middle-class British authors to write about white male middle-class British characters and concerns. So when, in his eighth work of fiction, he turns his attention to the guilty rich of 21st-century Hampstead - at a time, moreover, when British fiction is awash with books about comfortable Londoners worrying their way through the Blair years - you expect the result to be something special.
Between Each Breath is the story of Jack Middleton, a fortyish contemporary classical composer whose output (minimal in both senses) is just about underwritten by a promising early reputation and the substantial wealth of his heiress wife Milly. In 1999, handed the job of portraying Estonia in a collaborative piece on Europe for the Millennium Dome, he goes to Tallinn on a research trip and has a brief but consuming fling with Kaja, a waitress he meets in a cafe. After giving her a false name and address and returns to London, where Milly, who doesn't know about the affair, miscarries their first child after a traffic accident.
Fast forward to 2005, the summer of the London bombings. Jack is still scratching lassitudinously away at his music; Milly is working for a green design company; they live alongside some moderately horrid neighbours in Hampstead, try earnestly to keep up with the latest fiction and music, say Whassup to each other, buy organic celery, you know the type. Then Kaja and her five-year-old son appear in London, on the trail of the boy's father, and Jack's well- fenced-out comfort zone starts to dwindle and …
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Publication information: Article title: Mahler by Text Message ; FICTION ++ between Each Breath by Adam Thorpe CAPE [Pound]16.99. Contributors: Martin, Tim - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent on Sunday (London, England). Publication date: May 27, 2007. Page number: Not available. © 2009 The Independent on Sunday. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.