Book Reviews of The Light of Day

The Light of Day
The Light of Day
Author: Graham Swift
ISBN-13: 9780141012018
ISBN-10: 0141012013
Publication Date: 5/6/2004
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: Gardners Books
Book Type: Paperback
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"The story takes place over the course of a day in the head of middle-aged George Webb...ex-cop turned private investigator. His interior monologue takes quite a while to get used to, lurching around in fits and starts, back and forth in time, with little glimpses here and there. This is a canny writing job of capturing the fractured nature of thought, which is rarely so kind as to adhere to complete direct syntax_but it also makes for jarring reading.

... Swift is careful to release only micrograms of information at a time, so that the complete portrait of Webb's life accumulates in fragments, like a pointillist painting gradually coming alive as the dots mount up. But for all this coyness, there's no real suspense in the narrative, events proceed along an inevitable track dictated by fate.

... Webb's obsession with his murderess client is based on... well... nothing really, it just inexplicably exists (as in a film noir). Ditto with any explanation for the client's crime_it's just what fate had in store, and that's all there is to it. Ultimately, all of this is rather unsatisfying, if stylistically well-written. I've long wanted to read one of Swift's books, but this doesn't seem to be a good one to start with." amazon review