I am officially in love with Michael Frayn. Head-long was the first, then Skios, and now on my phone My Father’s Fortune which seems to be auto biographical. And all a pleasure.
As I struggle to make sense of art, its importance, its value, its purpose, I fell into Head-long and so much started to fall into place and become clear. As you follow the plight of a painting, this novel brings you into detail and process and ponder.
Im still trying to figure out her message. I love the writing style. Her main character isn’t in many ways at all what the story is about yet she plays a central role.
In this story, A writer, off to participate in a panel, meets along her way various characters. Just as in outline, the stories they relay are the novel.
What happens when a novelist travels from Britain to Greece to teach a week-long summer course on writing? Not a whole hell of a lot. Fear not, there is a quite a lot packed in these pages. The narrator, Faye, is a very good listener and we are treated to all she takes in: from her neighbor, an older gentleman, on the plane; from fellow workers, friends, students in her class. All have interesting stories to tell.