I’m working my way – quite rapidly I might admit – through Dawn French’s brilliant little book ‘Oh Dear Silvia‘. I’m enchanted by French’s use of a multitude of beautiful, frustrating, wholesome characters! She’s not only a gifted actress and comedian, but a good story teller too. But of course, one would have guessed that really! She IS Dawn French, artsy and dramatic.
If you’re looking for that story that has it all – romance, drama, hate, human error, the crutches we use to survive, twists, faith, goodness and SO much more – then this book is amazing! It’s so easy to connect with some characters, hate others and want to jump into the story with them.
The trick of a good story teller, I find anyway – is to be able to keep their audience coming back for more. The idea that what’s on this page isn’t all there is, that you NEED to come back and find out the next bit because otherwise this first bit isn’t meaty enough anymore!
French does this. Fantastically, she makes you read one chapter and then another and oh, just one more! Two! Three! Damn – the hours have flown past! The insight into characters is great and you just want to get to know them a little more until the bucket is empty and their lives are spilled entirely out for all to see. That’s a good story – where there are no longer secrets between the reader and the characters. You’re entirely a part of the narrative. You’re there.
That’s a good book you could read again someday…