A Sight for Sore Eyes

A Sight for Sore Eyes #(2020)

A Sight for Sore Eyes

A Sight for Sore Eyes

  • Title: A Sight for Sore Eyes
  • Author: Ruth Rendell
  • ISBN: 9780609604175
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Hardcover
A Sight for Sore Eyes By Ruth Rendell,



A Sight for Sore Eyes tells three stories, and for the longest time, the reader has no inkling of how they will come together The first is a story of a little girl who has been scolded and sent to her room when her mother is brutally murdered as Francine grows up, she is haunted by the experience, and it is years before she even speaks Secondly, we become privy to the A Sight for Sore Eyes tells three stories, and for the longest time, the reader has no inkling of how they will come together The first is a story of a little girl who has been scolded and sent to her room when her mother is brutally murdered as Francine grows up, she is haunted by the experience, and it is years before she even speaks Secondly, we become privy to the life of a young man, Teddy, born of unthinking young parents, who grows up almost completely ignored Free of societal s, he becomes a sociopath, who eventually discovers that killing can be an effective way to get what he wants Thirdly, we meet Harriet, who from an early age has learned to use her beauty to make her way in the world 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.When these three plots strands finally converge, the result is harrowing and unforgettable A Sight for Sore Eyes is not just the work of a writer at the peak of her craft It is an extraordinary story by a writer who, after 45 books, countless awards, and decades of international acclaim, is still getting better with every book.


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Ruth Rendell has rarely disappointed me Her elegant prose cannot be matched in this genre I continue to be amazed at the depths and heights of her prolific imagination Her characters possess varied deficits and pathologies which reveal increasing deviousness and add continued tension throughout her narrative This novel is no exception to her skills In fact, the major offender is one of the most chilling individuals whom I have met in her books Rendell s clear insight into this man s skewed visio [...]

Ruth Rendell has made a long career out of writing about damaged people They go about their lives doing things that are strange, sadistic and even criminal but somehow they are undetected until they spiral out of control In A Sight for Sore Eyes her lead characters are Teddy and Francine Teddy is an ignored and unloved child from a lower class London family who lives in a filthy smoke filled home He has no interest in anything until a neighbor shows him carpentry As Teddy grows up he has dreams [...]

Rendell is a master storyteller She creates stories that capture me right away Intriguing plots involving ordinary characters in ordinary situations yet they will inevitably be pushed to commit murder In Sight for Sore Eyes, she presents three sets of stories.First begins with Marc and Harriett who pose for a portrait in the 1960 s Marc is a rock star, Harriet, his current girlfriend He throws her out when she repeatedly asks him if he loves her It was the last straw Next there s Eileen and Jimm [...]

Mmm This was a great read I think I might be spending some time with Ms Rendell.As the summer wanes and I find myself pulling together the reading I ll do with my students, I admit that I m getting a bit resentful of having to go back to work, for one reason no lying on the couch for hours reading, and no staying up til 1 AM finishing a book I just couldn t stop reading That s exactly what happened with A Sight for Sore Eyes It was very, very good.I ve gotten spoiled To this point there has be [...]

So unsettling So creepy So goodAn Alfred Hitchcock type suspense thriller with a very slow, understated build It had extremely interesting characters but I definitely had to take my time with this one not one I wanted to marathon.Warning Do not read this late at night.

I ve enjoyed some of Rendell s short stories, and I think I read one of the Inspector Wexford novels years ago I m not really into police books much, so while I always knew she was a good writer, I wasn t that keen on investigating much of her extensive bibliography it turns out she has a whole slew of psychological thriller type stuff that seems like it d be far up my alley This book, for example It s extremely sharp vividly written to the point where a thoroughly damaged and ugly sociopath is [...]

My first Ruth Rendell and really enjoyed it Teddy Brex is very much like Tom Ripley from the Patricia Highsmith series in that he needs to be surrounded by beautiful objects, so much so that all ugliness needs to be obliterated from his life Teddy has not had a good start in life raised by his parents in squalid and disgusting household conditions Teddy from an early age develops an interest in carpentry and decides that is where his future lies After his mother and father dies he continues to l [...]

I re read this book as I have ordered The Vault and although A Sight for Sore Eyes isn t a Wexford novel the two stories are linked.I have always enjoyed Ruth Rendell s books although I have felt that the newer books have not quite lived up to my expectations This book is in the style of her Barbara Vine books in that it examines the lives of damaged people Teddy Brex who as a young adult values beauty beyond everything else, Francine Hill, a young lady who when a young child was present when h [...]

When I started my website, I began with a batch of reviews of books I had read that had stuck with me for one reason or another One that hadn t made the cut was Ruth Rendell s Make Death Love Me, quite readable but failed to leave a lasting impression A Sight for Sore Eyes now reminds me of how readable Ruth Rendell is.This one was very absorbing, and there are few authors I have read that can write about obsession like she can This novel has one of my favorite formulas, be it with novels or mov [...]

So, this is one of those wishy washy bookswhere you say to your friends well, it wasn t good but it wasn t necessarily bad either Like that helps, right But honestly, I just have lukewarm feelings about this book.This was the latest choice for my book club as we ve picked our way along EW s list of 100 new classics Since A Sight for Sore Eyes appeared on the list, you know that it is a critical darling I just want to make you aware that my view of this book likely diverges from popular critical [...]

This book is populated by enough psychologically damaged characters to fill an asylum 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 Around this collection of kooks, who fall victim to an unusual amount of miscalculations and misunderstandings, Rendell, as usual manages to weave a fascinating, su [...]

With excriciatingly teeth grindingly awkward characters and situations, A Sight for Sore Eyes is full of a creeping horror and the murders that are at the core of this book are only part of it Like Patricia Highsmith s Talented Mr Ripley before him, Teddy Brex needs to be surrounded by beautiful things, and will do anything to get them People are merely obstacles in his way There are a number of threads that come together in an inexorable way s all so terrible, but one cannot look away Now on to [...]

My favorite of all of Rendell s novels Just brilliant Great depth of characterization and the characters develop over time in unpredictable ways I read _The Vault_, which apparently picks up some of the same characters some time ago Now I plan to read it again and will probably enjoy it .

What a frustrating book, what mixed feelings I have in reaction to it It reads well, making me want to find out what happens next The step by step grind to what eventually happens Because of the genre one can take a vague guess as to what might happen but there were next to no plot spoilers.In some respects the characterisations were good, showing some lovely insights into the small matters of some people s behaviour, and a delightful depiction of certain types For all these reasons I would say [...]

Rendell is a highly esteemed author who is known for the popular Wexford series, but also writes crime fiction that explores the psychological background of criminals and their victims, many of them mentally afflicted or otherwise socially isolated This book falls into this latter category.It is the story of a psychopath as a child, teenager, college student, and then younger adult Rendell does excel at showing the progression of his mental illness as he begins to kill and also begins to obsess [...]

I didn t really know what to expect of the novels of Ruth Rendell before I read A Sight for Sore Eyes Out of a certain omnipresence hers was one of the names my eye skipped over in the book shop or the library now I think that was perhaps unfair I have nothing against crime novels but I didn t realise that there is rather to her books than the procedural exercises of genre fiction A Sight for Sore Eyes has crime in it, but the crime is somehow incidental to the business of the plot There are th [...]

I was bitterly disappointed with this book after reading so many good reviews and having had a friend recommend it to me I found the story lack lustre and repetitive, with the same points being repeated continuously, as if Rendell just needed to fill space The writing to me was childish and immature, not suggestive of an accomplished author in the slightest but rather seemed to be the work of a primary school student in places I know this is quite petty but when you read a book by such a highly [...]

Ruth Rendell is an excellent writer, particularly in her descriptions of persons and places And that descriptive power is especially important in a book like A Sight for Sore Eyes, which, as the title implies, has a lot to do with beauty or the lack of it And, given that this is a Ruth Rendell novel, the moral rules and laws characters break in their striving for it But she also explores how beauty can become a hollow shell and how it can hide a dark interior.One character, for instance, is the [...]

A Sight for Sore Eyes is artfully constructed and tightly wound, coming unwound at just the right moments There s the Bound For Trouble Francine and Teddy, the class clashing romance she s a virginal flower from an academic background forget that he s lower class , or blue collar as they say here, he s a psychopath both of them are longing for mothers who were absent through death or disinterest there s the exquisitely drawn Harriet, once a band groupie, now wealthy but at odds with the world as [...]

I am in love or should I say infatuated with Ruth Rendell s writing ability This book was a treat especially the audio version with the great narrator, Jenny Sterlin I loved it so much I downloaded it so I could read and really relish Rendell s prose Yes, she does all those things you aren t supposed to do as a writer multiple POVS, leaving clues along the way with hints that we should remember them, but it all works beautifully Those clues You think the books is slow at first but then it all ad [...]

It s hard to say how I feel about this book There was a lot of sordid scenery, environments which I just did not enjoy spending time in, sometimes dipping to the level of the grotesque Normally that would put me right off a book, but I found myself absorbed in spite of it Rendell is so good at evoking an environment, even an unpleasant one And she treats even unlikeable, appalling characters with a sort of frank respect for their humanity that I really appreciate.As the plot threads of this book [...]

What I like best about Ruth Rendell s work is that the psychological underpinnings of the characters seem very realistic and set the stage for what ends up feeling like inevitable tragedy In this novel, which I read and enjoyed, the initial influences on the protagonist s character are so exaggerated as to be unbelievable The reader must decide whether to close the book or to suspend disbelief and keeping going.Because I have relished so many of Rendell s books, I chose to keep reading The story [...]

I felt compelled to re read this following the latest Wexford that intriguingly returns to the scenes of all the murders in The Vault I immediately recognised the house and the girl, Harriet, who featured in the painting, but couldn t really remember the story.Well, it s a good read, with dysfuncyional Teddy and Francine s barmy step mother It would makes sense to read one and then the newer one to tie up the loose ends, but the Wexford novel is the better by far Ruth Rendell is a good writer, b [...]

The characters play the most important part in this psychological suspense We follow Teddy and Francine through their lives Each person has aspects of their past that link them together in tragedy Teddy is the son of two parents who never show him any signs of attention He learns to trust only in beautiful objects and becomes an exquisite craftsman Francine has witnessed her mother s death She becomes mute for a time being, and this puts her in contact with under qualified pscyhotherapists who d [...]

I started reading the book and I was immediately captured by the deep psychological analysis of the main character, Teddy, a psychopath The author led the reader in Teddy s mind Suddenly it is easy to understand his way of thinking, and even relate and be sympathetic towards him This is the kind of book that is impossible to put down once started, the kind of book you end up reading until an early hour in the morning to realize you need to be at work few hours later Spoiler alert, stop reading n [...]

Subverting the familiar fairy tale theme of an orphaned maiden rescued by a handsome knight, Rendell focuses her tale on three individuals Francine, who as a young girl is a witness to her mother s murder Julia, Francine s therapist and then stepmother, whose worries over her step daughter s safety turn into an obsession that make her as mad as any fairy tale witch and last but not least Teddy, the white knight of the tale who in this case is a psychopath who doesn t hesitate to murder to get wh [...]

This book was NUTBALLS One of those books you re reading and think, okay, this is so horribly written, the characters are ridiculously contrived, why do I keep reading You keep reading because you think oh the NYTimes said it was a flawless piece of craftsmanship and you think, oh the big twist at the end will make it worth it No, you are dead wrong about that Tell me, do you think this is a well crafted sentence Christopher was there, reclining on a settee covered in a polyester tiger skin, and [...]

A standalone prequel of sorts for The Vault, an entry in the Inspector Wexford series I think I actually enjoyed this one better reading it out of sequence and knowing exactly where folks were going to end up It helped me understand why she had so little to say about the victims in the first book It had all been revealed here, and Wexford stumbles into it while batting clean up on a separate, recent incident 90 s era pyschodrama Psycho as in psychopath Horrors But as usual with Rendell, one wit [...]

Teddy, wounded by a childhood of neglect, grows up to be a lover of beauty but completely detached from human emotion He becomes obsessed with Francine, whose history has also left her wounded At the age of seven , she was present in her home when her mother was murdered and became mute for several months afterwards Francine is now a teenager taking steps toward independence, a thought which leads her stepmother to a state of obsessive anxiety Rendell s portraits of wounded and incomplete people [...]

I reread this after reading The Vault, which follows on from it, many years later It is one of her darker, psychological novels no detective, no mystery as such, just a tale of two fractured families and the children they produce beautiful, gentle, sheltered Francine, and Teddy, who is amoral, unsocialised, handsome, and loves beautiful things As with many Ruth Rendells there is a strong sense of chance the small choice that leads to a larger catastrophe and the fatal misunderstanding It is good [...]


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