[Read] ➳ Portobello Author Ruth Rendell – Horse-zine.co.uk

Portobello chapter 1 Portobello, meaning Portobello, genre Portobello, book cover Portobello, flies Portobello, Portobello 30cf118d4be4f On A Shopping Trip, Eugene Wren Came Across An Envelope Containing Money Rather Than Report The Matter To The Police, He Wrote A Note And Stuck It Up On Lamppost Near His House Found In Chepstow Villas, A Sum Of Money Between And Pounds Anyone Who Has Lost Such A Sum Should Apply To The Phone Number Below


10 thoughts on “Portobello

  1. says:

    As always, if you expect a synopsis of the plot, you are not going to find it here You may check Goodreads for that Ruth Rendell possesses two admirable attributes the art of elegant prose and a powerful imagination Her novels, both by Rendell and her pseudonym, Barbara Vine, all reflect these valued qualities Without her intelligent, informed insights,she would be unable to develop her colorful characterizations and her complex plots It is a wonder that she has been able to produce such a huge volume of books through the years, but also the staggering number of weird and defective individuals within them.Portobello is a fine example of Rendell s capabilities My first assessment was that this is not one of her best However, as I continued to read and further considered this, I realize this novel contains numerous examples of the features that her admirers expect and are rewarded by her This is not a classical crime novel, but Rendell s never are considered typical.Granted there are crimes committed herein, but the essence lies in the psychology and the anti social characterizations Only one individual in these pages appears normal and appealing, the remainder own an assortment of neuroses, psychoses and or social dysfunctions Rendell has expertly woven these maladies into her complex tale to create tension and a sense of incomprehensibility and intrigue.Despite my original sense that this is not one of my favorite of her books, I continue to admire this fine author and will continue to seek the amazing attributes I have found in her writing.


  2. says:

    I ve read every work of fiction that Ruth Rendell has published but I have to say that I was terribly disappointed with this latest effort The initial premise I found flawed Wealthy guy finds a quantity of cash in the street and instead of handing it in to the police or simply pocketing his lucky find, he advertises the fact on neighbourhood lamposts as one would when searching for a missing cat Not only does this seem unlikely but he is described as private and secretive, yet he lists his home telephone number for all to see This chap also comes to suffer from an addiction to obsession with a certain brand of sugar free sweets Ms Rendell goes on to describe this addiction in minute and very repetitive detail which I assume is meant to capture the obsessive nature of the addiction but it just becomes extremely tedious and downright annoying The novel also contained a couple of continuity errors which should have been picked up before publication.


  3. says:

    Softly sketched, disarmingly rendered, but a knockout Unassuming round table of characters mystery, sifts a lot of dissimilar layers and keeps going Part of the beauty here is watching an intentionally tipsy narrative gathering all threads toward the center and then convening for a moment, only to unravel outwards again Broadly disparate lives interact, confront, fracture and repair along the course of the telling here Rendell is by now a past master of the art of shuffling character narrative direction in alternating chapters setting all participants reeling toward some unseen, unknowable rendezvous With the only guarantee being that they ll all somehow interlock at some point.Nothing lurid or bloody, all in all, a restrained tour of an unpredictable landscape all anchored nicely with the frame, or spine, really, of the Portobello Road and its environs This brings to mind Polanski at the peak of his form, or maybe classic Hitchcock so it is cinematic, though not in scope or sweep terms but in pacing and editorial precision And it comes across as something Rendell did in between crossword puzzles, unassuming, unspectacular Character, atmosphere, timing, pace This is head and shoulders above anything being written in the mystery genre that I know of, and beautifully understated at that Five stars.


  4. says:

    This was a peculiar story, even by Ruth Rendell standards Nevertheless, enjoyed it There s a wealthy gallery owner Eugene, who gets into the habit of savouring Chocorange, a sugar substitute sweet..and his doctor girlfriend, Ella There s Jean, a troubled youngster who s bothered by a ghost angel called Mithras, his estranged father and suffering Mother there is Lance, a good for nothing youngster, and his conscientious nd beautiful girlfriend Gemma.There s Lanse s thug turned preacher grandfather, and Gemma s brother and his friend How do all these people come together and interact Portobello tells us exactly how.Why I read this book Last December I bought it for just 20 rupees from a used bookstore When it s Ruth Rendell, I buy without even checking the blurb.


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    I had been disappointed in the most recent Rendell Vine novels I m not counting her Wexford books which I don t read but I m pleased to say she s back at the top of her game with this one There s no gimmicky ending, which is what I found in The Water s Lovely, and the voices of her characters are true, something I found lacking in The Birthday Present.In many ways, this is a novel of addiction and while being inside the head of one character got a bit repetitive at times, that is the nature of dependency, after all and this character has quite an unusual craving Creating such a varied range of personalities along with each one s flaws and yearnings is one of the reasons I find Rendell so readable.This isn t her best book, but it certainly is a good one.


  6. says:

    I was pretty disappointed with this book I love reading Rendell s Inspector Wexford series, and I was eager to read of her work away from that formula and character Unfortunately, in spite of Rendell s skill as a writer, this was just a boring book I could not become interested in even one of the characters whose lives skim together to keep the minimal plot moving forward.The first character we meet has an addiction to sucking on sugarless sweets Right away I disliked this character and hoped that he was, like in so many mysteries, a throw away character you only see once No such luck He was one of the main characters and his ridiculous addiction was with us throughout the entire book The only character of remote interest to me was an evil old man who cared for no one but carried on full of spite, hatred and a good amount of luck His connection to a dubious church group was entertaining Otherwise this was a keen observation of the many facets of the Notting Hill neighborhood in London, with a flimsy plot thrown in for good measure.


  7. says:

    I m continually amazed at Ruth Rendell s ability to produce quality fiction both under her own name and as Barbara Vine Nobody writes about obsession better than Rendell She has a particular gift of making the most everyday of activities brim with menace She also has a unique ability to create fascinatingly odd but knowable characters who are connected in a seemingly random way and play them out in each others lives even without knowledge of each other with often tragic always compelling ways PORTOBELLO is no exception The characters are intriguing, the pace and plotting are expert and the ending is unusual and satisfying Her descriptions of the Portobello Road throughout the book but particularly at the beginning and end of the book elevate it from mere backdrop to virutal character status and show you how exceptional a writer Rendell truly is.


  8. says:

    utterly awful beginning stopped reading after 20 pages


  9. says:

    Now here s an author who can interweave different storylines and really make it work I love Rendell s stand alone fiction Not crazy about her Inspector Wexford series, which is beter than usual British police procedural, but I have read with gusto most of her stand alone novels Most of them involve ordindary really really ordinary people caught up by happenstance in extraordinary circumstances and the stories unfold and weave together expertly and tantilizingly So much so, that I find myself gasping out loud in the Don t go down the cellar barefoot in your nightgown with only a candle kind of dread because you just know some of these people are making disastrous choices which will lead to their undoing Sometimes there s a murder mystery involved, as well, but mostly it s her keen character development that drives the narrative OK, so this one starts with someone fainting on a doorstep and losing an envelope of cash and what happens when the finder posts a found flier in the Portobello Rd, a London flea market type place with lots of criminal activity And always a satisfying conclusion with Rendell.


  10. says:

    I ve been a huge fan of Rendell since discovering her work not too long ago This one was consistently out at the library and I finally got to read it I have to say it wasn t my favorite of her books, though it is still quite good Similar premise of several interwoven narratives of morally and otherwise challenged characters in London tangentially connected by crimes There is a quality to Rendell s characters, they tend to be wretched, in fact I think of them as rendellian wretcheds, there is just a way she wrote about psychology of things that oppress a person be it poverty, lack of drive or obsessions In this case it is primarily the latter The main character becomes spectacularly obsessed with a specific kind of sweets and nearly allows it to screw up his life In fact it is this character that I had a problem with the most He s well to do, has a comfortable life, intelligent and yet makes really bizarre choices I m not just talking about his obsession The behavior I m referring to is his strange careless for personal safety Inviting random strangers in on chance the money he found belongs to them, leaving his house burglar ready Rendell does a terrific job of describing the psychology of obsession and in all fairness she never did care all that much for likability of her characters, but this time the ratio was dramatically off for me and not enough occurred otherwise to offset it Still absolutely worth a read, such strong writing, the Portobello area described so vividly, it becomes a character itself, the one constant player, despite the changes, observing patiently the clumsy humanity scurrying past it, scheming and plotting and trying to get by Well observed Well written Recommended.


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