Teddy was born in squalor. Now he is a craftsman determined to banish ugliness from his life. Harriet is a beautiful, bored trophy wife who employs a series. A Sight for Sore Eyes: A Novel [Ruth Rendell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Teddy was born in squalor. Now he is a craftsman. But in Ruth Rendell’s dark and damaged contemporary universe, innocent dreams can turn into the most terrible living nightmares. Teddy Brex emerges from a.

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What’s the Name o It’s extremely sharp; vividly written to the point where a thoroughly damaged and ugly s I’ve enjoyed some of Rendell’s short stories, and I think I read one of the Inspector Wexford novels years ago. This was featured heavily throughout the mid to latter part of the book and made me feel like it rfndell actually have some significance, yet this was never explained.

In this novel, which I read and enjoyed, the initial influences on the protagonist’s character are so exaggerated as to be unbelievable. May 12, Leslie Nagel rated it really liked it.

It’s a plus when there is something more beneath the surface, and is fof ever here. Mar 07, Pages.

A Sight For Sore Eyes

Be the first to ask a question about A Sight for Sore Eyes. Part of the entertainment of the novel comes from comparing and contrasting the traits of these classes against one another. Rendell follows the story’s principal objects as closely as she does its characters: Log-in or create an account first!

Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. Francine, on the other hand, feels a little under-developed; she is never quite able to escape the orbit of her family, and once Julia is gone the book doesn’t quite seem to know what to do with her. The depiction of class feels automatic, unthinking; I wish the author had interrogated their own assumptions more, or had someone else do that for them. One character, for instance, is the woman in a renowned painting of a couple in a rus en urbe setting by a house that takes on a key role in the story.


Teddy is a monster, Harriet is self-absorbed, and Francine a sheltered naif. I have never encountered a fictional teenager so docile yet wise, so emotionally mature and accepting of other people’s flaws, so capable of handling difficult situations.

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Lists with This Book. As it turns out, these different grasps on power, and their different natures, wreak havoc on all concerned.

To ask other readers questions about A Sight for Sore Eyesplease sign up. Connected by strands of chance, their lives intersecting in the strangest of ways, these three people are on a journey that will bring them to each other—and to a beautiful ivy-covered home with at least one dead body in the eyed.

She makes you really care about the characters. Very Rednell in wrappers. Read it Forward Read it first. I know what you mean about the length of the later books. Haven’t blogged too much this month, will try to do more in January. Bored by marriage to a wealthy, much older man, she scans the local newspapers for handymen to perform odd jobs around the house, including services in the bedroom.

May 08, Zara Aitken rated it it was ok. Jun 30, M. Submerged in all of this is the idea that the working classes could be ‘improved’ by their exposure to great works of art and human culture.


The story was fascinating. Shelfwear to ends of spine. Secondly, we become privy to the life of a young man, Teddy, born of unthinking young parents, who grows up almost completely ignored. Now on to the “sequel”–The Vault! Francine meets Teddy at an art show and they are attracted to each other. In the end, stuff happened, but it seemed rutj like a tidying up, rather than a climax.

Signed by All Contributors. Each person has aspects of their past that link them together in tragedy. You think the books is slow sjght first but then it all adds up. This was a great read.


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Male obsessed about ridding himself of his shabby existance [s]. How convenient is that? So, let me just break it down in a list of pros and cons for ya: Because I have relished so many of Rendell’s books, I chose to keep reading.

And then we have Julia. Notice how Rendell always draws attention to the wall where the cellar door shoudl be, the wall that everyone knows wasn’t there before, the wall that was so painstakingly built by a master craftsman yet still sticks out like the proverbial sore thumb. It’s all greasy pubs, dirty houses and people hooking up just because it’s something to do.

A fine copy in an unclipped dustwrapper with a nick to the top edge of the lower panel, otherwise fine. Jan 26, Vincent Desjardins rated it really liked it Shelves: Their lives unite, and they become linked in events that are unforgettable, but tragic. There are murders, but they are neither mysterious or frightening. The two craziest of the bunch would have to be Julia, the overprotective stepmother, who also happens to be, probably the worst psychologist in the history of the profession; and Teddy, a neglected boy who grows to be a beautiful but scary psychopath.

Random House Audio Availability: The awesomely prolific late crime writer Ruth Rendellproduced two dozen Inspector Wexford novels in the half century that spannedbut over her career she also published 28 non-Wexfords, mostly psychological thrillers, under her own name, as well as 14 crime novels under rith pen name Barbara Vine.