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Don't Look at Me

Diana Athill

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Imprint: Viking Books
Publisher: Viking Books
Publication date: 30 Oct 1967
ISBN: 9780670279364
3 stars out of 5
12 Dec 2019

" This novel shows not so much that Athill should have written more fiction – we wouldn’t want to be without those memoirs – but that she could"

Early on the novel seems unfocused, but it becomes tighter once Roxane marries – at her mother’s direction – and Meg gets tangled up with her husband. Athill’s skill is to make Meg sympathetic despite her bad behaviour and self-regard (“I am a pretty woman. I have known this for years”). She conjures up a chaotic life very unlike her own: the privileged upbringing that she described with such disarming self-awareness in her brilliant first memoir Instead of a Letter. This novel shows not so much that Athill should have written more fiction – we wouldn’t want to be without those memoirs – but that she could.

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