Well, just finished this vaguely autobiographical novel, and on the whole I enjoyed the read. The story describes the life and travails of a war correspondent, traumatised from covering wars in the Balkans and Africa. Rich descriptions of community devastation intermingle with sections covering the protagonist's marriage and motherhood, living in Paris.
There are truly moving moments, especially around love and loss, and di Giovanni writes well about war (she was foreign correspondent for The Times). Passages noting the impact of conflict on victims AND observers are well done, but I never truly connected with the domestic world back home presented here. The book did irritate me in places - all those nannies! All that Parisian cuisine and uber-Bohemian living (albeit with added angst)! Puffs on the back cover of my paperback edition suggest the market for this book - The Daily Telegraph, Tatler, and Economist.
An intriguing read, but unless you're keenly aspirational, your sympathy for the protagonist may be stretched at times....Continua