The Glass Room, Simon Mawer.

Mawer, Simon. The Glass Room. Abacus London. F; 12/10.

There were moments in this one where I thought it was going to cohere in a wonderful way, and it almost does. It takes place in Brno, close to where my dad was born, and does a fresh job of reflecting the historic realities of the war (available points of view on which must be pretty close to populated in fiction by now). But the central metaphor of this beautiful house (which exists in reality) doesn’t quite levitate. I’m not sure what I want it to feel like, but it isn’t human, and it’s not really a spirit of much of anything either. The people, however, are pretty interesting. And there’s a lovely twist at the end. Brave effort by a talented writer, I’d say, that came close to succeeding. 7.7

About John Sloan

John Sloan is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 30 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of "A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly", published in 2009 by Greystone Books. His innovative primary care practice for the frail elderly has been adopted by Vancouver Coastal Health and is expanding. Dr. Sloan lectures throughout North America on care of the elderly.
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