[Reading] ➳ Simisola ➻ Ruth Rendell – Horse-zine.co.uk

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  1. says:

    Read by Christopher RavenscroftTotal Runtime 10 Hours 56 Mins Description Black residents are highly visible in a small English country town like Kingsmarkham Yet Dr and Mrs Akande s daughter, Melanie, fresh from university but a disappointment to her career driven parents, has disappeared into thin air She was last seen at the Employment Centre, where she has just signed on for social assistance, when she inexplicably vanished Now Inspector Wexford finds himself with an investigation complicated by Melanie s feckless boyfriend, his own eye for a too pretty employment counsellor, and a bizarrely incompetent burglaras well as a systematic adulterer, a vengeful wife, a treacly politician and a perplexing corpse The case will take Wexford from a sunny, soigne garden party to the greyness of unemployment in a derelict shack and finally onto the streets Here his endless fascination with the peculiarities of human nature leads him from a volatile mix of motives and suspects straight into an explosion of snobbery, sexism, racism and brutal murder in blood both hot and cold. Social issues are to the fore here feminism, race, unemployment, ageism and foriegn workers.3 From Doon With Death Inspector Wexford, 1 3 A New Lease of Death Inspector Wexford, 2 3 Wolf to the Slaughter Inspector Wexford, 3 2 The Best Man to Die Inspector Wexford, 4 3 A Guilty Thing Suprised 53 No More Dying Then Inspector Wexford, 6 3 Murder Being Once Done Inspector Wexford, 7 3 Some Lie and Some Die Inspector Wexford, 8 3 Shake Hands Forever Inspector Wexford, 9 3 A Sleeping Life Inspector Wexford, 10 3 Put on by Cunning Inspector Wexford 11 1 Speaker of Mandarin Inspector Wexford, 12 3 An Unkindness of Ravens Inspector Wexford, 13 3 The Veiled One Inspector Wexford, 14 3 Kissing the Gunner s Daughter Inspector Wexford, 15 3 Simisola Inspector Wexford, 16 3 Not in the Flesh Inspector Wexford, 21 2 The Vault Inspector Wexford, 23

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    British mysteries are just so different from their U.S counterparts, no This one was quite interesting An investigator thinking deeply about race and racism, confronting his own takn for granted racist thought patterns, trying to strike a balance between avoiding stereotype and ignoring race Can t say without spoiling things for others.

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    When Wexford s doctor s daughter goes missing, Wexford is fast on the case The twist is that his doctor happens to be one of the few black people in the British town of Kingsmarkham While looking for the missing woman, the bodies of two other women turn up murdered and Wexford is confronted with his own racism, as well as those of the witnesses he encounters I found the writing in this book fine better than most mysteries that I read but in terms of plot, it wasn t particularly suspenseful and I found some of the investigation a bit tedious.

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    Like I mentioned before, that book on women crime writers made me want to read crime and so I did Simisola was one of the books analysed, and it sounded really interesting so I picked it up It s an Inspector Wexford mystery to be specific it s a police procedural but I think it can be read as a standalone As for the plot, that s a bit harder to describe but here goes The daughter of Inspector Wexford s GP, Melanie Akande, has gone missing As Wexford investigates, the body of Annette Bystock, who was probably the last person to see her And then another body turns up.This is a police procedural with an intricate plot and an overarching theme Wexford is a decent man who is struggling in a world that has changed without him knowing The change being that England is no longer 99% white.This investigation leads him to recognise and confront his hidden prejudices while painting a bleak picture of England right now Life isn t easy for anyone, and a lot of people clearly aren t coping well At times, it felt like Ruth Rendell hammered in the England is racist message a bit too strongly and made it very obvious, but for the most part, she let the characters and the story indict themselves For example possible spoilers if you didn t read the blurb when the second body is found, Inspector Wexford immediately assumed it was Melanie because the victim was black, even going as far as to break the news to her parents When they realise it s not her, their anger is heartbreaking and a huge moment of realisation of how unconsciously racist he is for Wexford.The only weak point of the book apart from veering dangerously close to preachy occasionally is that it a really, really complicated Perhaps my brain isn t just working but despite reading most of the book in one sitting woohoo for free days with no plans , when the murderer was revealed my first reaction was who Wexford does do a recap, which I was grateful for, but unlike most mysteries, the reveal was confusing than de mystifying.If you want a mystery that makes the problem of racism a part of the story, you ll want to pick this book up It is a grim, bleak read, but it is a worthwhile one because we always need to be confronted with our hidden prejudices.This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile

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    Another great Wexford book from RR Wexford is confronted with his own racism and shuttered opinion, despite considering himself fairly enlightened His reflections on race, the changing face of Britain and racism make for thought provoking reading and sadly in many ways it s all too relevant still Contrasting to this is a commentary on what has been seen as an increasing welfare state, particularly with relevance to small affluent and predominantly white rural communities Some weighty themes and a lot of time is spent on them making for a complex read There s also some further character development especially around Reg and the relationships he has with his daughters.The mystery itself is intriguing and has a fairly unexpected denouement so much so that I couldn t actually recall the guilty party at first thankfully Wexford provides a recap A lot goes on and I have to admit that my audiobook listening may have been distracted at times Still, the audiobook version I read was narrated by Christopher Ravenscroft Burden himself He does an excellent job and I wish he narrated of them as he s far natural and expressive than the usual guy.Maybe one I ll come back to one day when I m less distracted to pick apart the details.

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    An hour later, if he had been asked to give a resume of what she had said, he couldn t have recalled a word of it And at the time he was aware that she had that great gift, on which so many politicians have founded their success, of being able to say nothing at length and in a flowing sequence of polysyllabic fashionable words, of talking meaningless nonsense in fine mellifluous phrases with absolute self confidence From time to time she paused for no apparent reason Occasionally she smiled Once she shook her head and once she raised her voice on an impassioned note Just when he thought she would go on for half an hour, that nothing but physical force would stop her, she ceased I couldn t resist copying this quote from Chief Inspector Wexford about the candidate in a local election who is introducing him to speak at a gathering on women s safety, being, as I am, pretty fed up with the rhetoric of this year s election campaigns Beyond that and isn t it lovely prose, by the way this is probably THE best Rendell book I have read, and I haven t read a bad one I am in awe of how well she has taken the period detective novel, which we know so well from Agatha Christie, and moved the story into the modern world There is so much that people of my age can recognize in the growth of a small town, the changing political and social s, and the different issues that affect the people And yet murder is still murder, and Wexford and Burden and company are still there to solve the case The heart of this book is racial relations, and in particular, people of color in the town of Kingsmarkham and its neighboring villages Wexford has to confront his own racism, of which he was genuinely unaware The murder victims are connected to a young woman who was brought into the country as a servant, and who was raped and beaten by the men of the household she worked in The daughter of a local doctor, who is black, like the dead servant girl, is also missing, and the confusion over which girl is which goes to the heart of Wexford s assumptions about race, causing him to think deeply about his own prejudices, and those of his town.

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    Actual rating 3.5This book was intended for my Mystery Fiction class, but the professor was unable to find an easy way to procure copies for us most publishers did not have it in print at the time Much later, I found a copy at a used book sale, and so I bought it on the strength of our professor s recommendation.Thinking back on the course, this book would have been a perfect fit, and its replacement, The Laughing Policeman, touches on similar themes This book s main story arc is that of Melanie Akande, a young woman who is part of one of the few black families in Kingsmarkham She disappears one day, but the search for her proves to be a difficult one Chief Inspector Wexford is called in to solve the case, not only because it is on his turf but also because Melanie s father is his GP.Over the course of the story, Rendell touches on themes of race and class Wexford and others on the force deal with their own attitudes to race as they solve the case one twist in particular, which I shall not give away, really opens Wexford s eyes on that front Class and employment are two other important threads to the story Melanie is the daughter of upper middle class parents, but she has resorted to the Job Centre to find work in her chosen field of performing arts, which her parents feel is not good enough for her All roads lead to the Job Centre, actually, so it plays a major part in the case It ties to Wexford s personal life, too his daughter and son in law are forced to go on the dole temporarily.The book was well written, reminiscent of A Judgement in Stone, which is the only other Rendell novel I ve read I did read one of her books that she wrote as Barbara Vine and found it difficult to get through I left it unfinished fortunately, this book is not like that It unfolds at a decent pace, and the solution is fair, and there are several twists that I did not see coming Also, the explanation for the title, which comes right at the end of the book, is very bittersweet But still, this isn t one of my favourites Perhaps having it studied in Mystery Fiction would have made it interesting.

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    Inspector Wexford looks into the disappearance of his doctor s daughter, Melanie, fearing the worst and not offering false hope His investigation takes him into the world of benefits unemployment and otherwise doled out by the Benefits Office, where Melanie was last seen When a young woman is found dead, and later, another woman associated with the Benefits Office, Wexford seizes on the idea that their deaths may have happened because of something Melanie overheard As he and his team go deeper, they find other connections Because of some early experiences, Wexford finds himself questioning his attitudes about race and recognizing the racism in himself and others It is this awareness that starts to bring the story together for him I enjoyed the plotting, the characters, the additional coaching on racism, as well as the details that add realism and pull it all together.

  9. says:

    My least favorite Rendell novel yet Good writing still love Wexford and Dora, just took a looong time to get there in the end.

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    Dit boek uit 1994 is in herdruk opnieuw uitgegeven in oktober 2008 En onlangs weer, want een vers exemplaar met dezelfde omslag als die uit 2008 viel bij mij in de bus.In het kleine Kingsmarkham valt het op als je een andere kleur hebt dan de gemiddelde Brit Wexford heeft een nieuwe huisarts, genaamd Akande De familie is duidelijk geboren en getogen in een ander land Er wonen nog een handjevol gekleurde mensen in Kingsmarkham en in 1994 is dat nog volop voer voor gespreksstof Veel mensen willen niet onbeleefd overkomen en dus het denigrerende neger gebruiken, en zoeken dus wanhopig naar een nette omschrijving Weer anderen gaan al de uiterst politiek correcte kant op met als gevolg dat op een gegeven moment de aandacht meer uitgaat naar de huidskleur van de bewoners dan naar hun karaktereigenschappen.Dokter Akande en zijn vrouw hebben een tienerdochter, Melanie Vers van de universiteit heeft ze helaas nog geen baan gevonden dus gaat ze op een middag naar het banencentrum Een soort CWI zeg maar, want je kan er ook een uitkering aanvragen En dan verdwijnt Melanie Wexford heeft toevallig net zelf veel gehoord over dat banencentrum want zijn schoonzoon zit ook zonder werk en heeft zich ingeschreven Zijn dochter echter vindt dat haar man zich kapot moet schamen dat hij een uitkering aanvraagt.In Simisola worden thema s aangesneden die ook in 2010 nog actueel zijn Het politiek correct zijn naar medelanders toe, het al of niet aanvragen of krijgen van een uitkering, het niet kunnen vinden van werk ondanks een goede opleiding en daarbij het uitbuiten van mensen Want er is nog iemand in Kingsmarkham die het moeilijk heeft Zij is de kokkin van een rijke familie maar als je ziet hoe die familie haar behandelt, zijn ze bepaald niet rijk aan goede manieren Op een complexe manier worden alle verhalen bij elkaar geschreven maar gezien de uiterst kundige pen van Rendell krijgt de lezer genoeg subtiele aanwijzingen om door te willen blijven lezen.Ook na 16 jaar nog steeds een voorbeeld van het grote talent van Rendell.

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Simisola summary pdf Simisola, summary chapter 2 Simisola, sparknotes Simisola, Simisola 5d783ac In The Quiet Sussex Country Town Of Kingsmarkham, The Daughter Of Nigerian Physician Raymond Akande Is Missing It S Probably Nothing, Says Dr Akande To His Friend And Client Chief Inspector Wexford, Whose Help He EnlistsBut The Days That Follow Prove The Doctor Dreadfully Wrong A Young Woman Is Found Murdered Not Melanie, But The Last Person To Have Seen And Spoken To Her A Second Woman S Body Is Discovered, Again Not Melanie S, But Like Her, Young And Black A Third Woman Turns Up Beaten And Unconscious Like The Others, She Is Of Nigerian Origin As Inspector Wexford S Investigation Stretches From Days Into Weeks, It Becomes His Unhappy Obligation To Counter The Hopes Of The Doctor And His Wife In Wexford S Professional Opinion, Melanie, Like The Other Young Women, Has Become The Victim Of A Serial Killer With A Horrifyingly Singular Objective From The Paperback Edition

  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • Simisola
  • Ruth Rendell
  • English
  • 11 August 2018
  • 9780517194072