Review: Landed by Tim Pears

Landed by Tim PearsI have hesitated to write this review because, truthfully, I am not entirely sure that I know what happened at the end. I read it all. I actually read the end several times. And then I skipped back to the middle, just to check something, before trying the end again. I have decided to just believe in what I think happened, and since I don’t want to spoil it for other readers then I don’t have to make a complete fool of myself writing down what it is I think! And actually, that mysteriousness is part of the charm of the story. So, slight confusion aside, I still gave this book four stars, and this is why…

Read the rest of my review here.

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4 responses to “Review: Landed by Tim Pears

  1. Me too! Bought this after hearing amazingly positive reviews of it on Radio4 book review prog but…well…what happened? Anyone please??

    • 🙂 Well, I think it’s open to interpretation! I wasn’t sure at the end – maybe he’d been dead all along? Or maybe he died along the way? What did you think?

  2. I finished it last night and I too wasn’t sure that I’d completely understood what happened at the end! When the fat man in the wheelbarrow showed up that was when I thought it was descending into a magic realist kind of thing…..I might have to go back and read it again (it was nearly 1am when I finished it and my patient husband had asked me to turn the light out a few times!)

    I enjoyed your review Ruth, you captured exactly what I thought about the book. In the Place of Fallen Leaves is still my favourite, but I found Landed to be beautifully written for the most part, almost lyrical, and Owen as a character is a triumph. I was lucky enough to have Tim Pears as a tutor at my Arvon course last year and could kick myself for not having read this first!! 🙂

    • Thanks for your comments. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one left confused! I keep thinking I should try to read it again…
      How exciting to have had Tim Pears as a tutor – what was he like in real life?

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