Friday, 8 March 2013
Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French
Readers of Dawn French's second novel, Oh Dear Silvia, have had mostly positive comments to make. Although, some felt the use of dialects a little overused, others loved them, and could just hear the dialogue as if spoken aloud in French's own comic voice.
Characterisation is the core of this novel, and patience is rewarded slowly but surely as the monologues of each visitor start to reveal the nature of the woman who lies, still and immobile, in the hospital bed. For those who prefer strong plot driven action, this may not be for you. Most readers, however, have reported enjoying the rich combination of humour and pathos, the contrast between the more carefully drawn studies of the quietly troubled vs. the over-the-top comedic characters, and the struggle of all in their journey toward acceptance.
French started this book before her own mother become ill. You may want to read her interview with the Guardian to see how this influenced the writing process - it definitely adds an extra depth to it.
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Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French, 2012
About the Author
Dawn French is one of Britain's best loved comic writers and is well-known from series such as The Vicar of Dibley and French & Saunders.
Dawn French Guardian Interview