Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Dark Flood Rises

Mortality. Readers born before the middle of the twentieth century are those most likely to relate to and enjoy Margaret Drabble’s novel titled, The Dark Flood Rises. As the end of a normal lifespan comes closer to one, like a flood water rising slowly, standing still is not usually an option. Protagonist Francesca Stubbs rarely stands still, and through her we are introduced to an ensemble cast of elderly people and those who care for them. For a group on the Canary Islands, the flood also involves the migrants finding a place to survive. Drabble leads readers through a meandering plot dealing a lot with the places where we end up dying. Readers with the patience needed whenever one spends time with the elderly are those who are likely to be rewarded with finely written prose and wise perspectives about the end of life. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Dark Flood Rises from

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