“There it was, there it is, the place where during the best time of our lives friendship had its home and happiness its headquarters.”
I have been so looking forward to this review. I think this book my have changed something inside me like only very, very special books can. Some people have romances, I’ve even heard of people having bro-mances, well I had a book-mance this summer. A total, all-consuming affair with the characters in Crossing to Safety…. sorry Mr Good but it was totally worth it. If you’ve never read it, please do yourselves a huge favour and run immediately to the library and borrow it…. or buy it if that’s your thing. And if you hate I’m not sure I’ll be able to handle that, I just won’t understand that at all.
Well enough with the waffle, let’s get to the meat. This book is all about the characters, the wonderful, quirky, loveable, sometimes intensely frustrating characters. Their relationship with each other and the way it develops and changes over time and in relation to certain (life changing) events. The characters are Sid and Charity Lang and Larry and Sally Morgan, two couples who forge a life-long bond of friendship that changes all of their lives. Sid and Larry are both academics at the same university and through this connection their wives, both in the same stage of pregnancy (which they turn into a race!) also become the absolute best of friends. Their journey together (and they really do do everything together) sees the four encounter some wonderful highs, but also some terrible lows and come out the other side changed but still friends.
I could go on about the story line, but really you should just read it, I’ll never do it justice. I’ve read a couple of other reviews on Goodread, and one said exactly what I thought.
There are some books that seem to have tiny leaks in their spines and covers and pages and release almost unnoticeable misty, smoky particles of their story – well not so much their story but the mood that is created by the story – out into the “real” world. And when reading these books you find – or at least I find (I should shift my point of reference to me not you) that I am seeing things in my daily routine through a sort of cloud that at first I don’t recognize but then suddenly it dawns on me that it’s from the book I’m reading! My dreams are affected, my relationships are affected, my perception of self is affected, and my writing style and speaking style change – all because of the fumes from this book seepage. And Crossing to Safety has seepage.
Seepage, that’s exactly right, it has seepage. There’s only one other book that I can think of right now that made me feel the same way and that was Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife. I would never have expected to get the feeling from this one, the story is not quite on par with Crossing To Safety, the writing not quite as stunning, but the characters with that same quality that just sticks to you, that feeling like you actually know them. I remember being in a second hand record shop thinking I should tell my friend that collects records about this place, only to realise that ‘friend’ was a character in The Time Travel’s Wife. And if I was into poetry I would probably read something great and want to share it with Larry, or tell Charity about my (future) trip to Italy. It’s just that kind of book.
What I would absolutely love to know is, what book has done this to you? In fact I think I MUST know, what other books have seepage?