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Oh, a gentleman’s county,’ Pinkie replied, wallowing through his barrier of ice, ‘Say Northamptonshire.

In describing a group of people rather than zooming in on just a few individuals the story loses its impact. had made him totally self-contained and able with the sunny smile and formal handshake of the gymnast to set almost anybody at their ease.The residents are very much a community, and yet they have almost nothing in common, other than the fact they are all adrift (even the cat), living in a never-world between land and water - literally, and in a more profound, psychological sense. Willis is a part of the riverside, 'born in Silvertown, within sound of the old boatbuilders’ yards', a brief resume of his past brings in some of the Thames beyond Battersea and Chelsea Reaches.

Nenna herself, as foolish and helpless as I myself feel, though entirely sympathetic, reminds me of Bridget Jones, or even better a character from one of Wes Anderson's films, which this book decidedly evokes for me.Fitzgerald’s teetering outcasts find it impossible despite their best efforts; they're constantly making half-assed plans to rejoin society, but they've ended up here for a reason. Laura takes her husband's incapacity as the excuse she needs to sell Lord Jim and to move herself and Richard into a proper house. The boats are still there along Cheyne Walk, and larger and more numerous (and more colourful) than they were in the 1960’s. I came to read this book because it was selected as the Constant Readers classic choice for November.

Nenna resists the entreaties of her prosperous and energetic sister, who tries to persuade her to move to Canada for the sake of her daughters, and she resolves to confront Edward in his rented room in Stoke Newington, north London. Later on in the book, we also meet Woodie who lives on one of the boats in the summer; Edward, Nenna's estranged husband; Nenna's sister from Canada, who's come to take Nenna back home; and finally, Heinrich, a young man who spends a day with Martha before he heads home in Venna. I compared that with the Elizabeth Taylor novel I had just read, in which I had marked passages on every few pages and had quotes of stunning elegance and wisdom to revisit when I had finished. And as in all those stories found in kids' books, of children having adventures unsupervised by parents (a few of which actually happen in Offshore as well), there are among these grown-ups the scattier people and the sensible ones who look after them.The barge-dwellers, creatures neither of firm land nor water, would have liked to be more respectable than they were. Perhaps I had that in common with the motley crew who live in the barges and boats on the Battersea Reach.

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