Teddy was born in squalor. Now he is a craftsman determined to banish ugliness from his life. Harriet is a beautiful, bored trophy wife who employs a series. A Sight for Sore Eyes: A Novel [Ruth Rendell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Teddy was born in squalor. Now he is a craftsman. But in Ruth Rendell’s dark and damaged contemporary universe, innocent dreams can turn into the most terrible living nightmares. Teddy Brex emerges from a.

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Spoiler alert, stop read I started reading the book and I was immediately captured rtuh the deep psychological analysis of the main character, Teddy, a psychopath. First Printing; pages; Another brilliant complex plot by the current master of murder. Signed by the author on title.

A Sight For Sore Eyes

She writes with such simple yet powerful prose and no matter how bizarre the characters actions are they are always believable. Dust Jacket is in very good condition, without tears or chips or other damage. Notice how Rendell always draws attention to the wall where the cellar door shoudl be, the wall that everyone knows wasn’t ssore before, the wall that was so painstakingly built by a master craftsman yet still sticks out like the proverbial sore thumb.

For example when talking in terms of money, Rendell actually used the phrase ‘fifty pee’, now I am by no means an author myself, but I am sure that that should be written as pence!

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This book, for example. Looking siggt something new to read, I came across a picture I had taken of some books I found in the book store I do thisand was reminded of Rendell’s The Vault.

Does accent still matter that much England, or did it in ? It is the story of a psychopath as a child, teenager, college student, and then younger adult. Signed by author Ruth Rendell directly on the title page.


The fear I felt in reading was entirely from the potential disasters that I could imagine unfolding, given the deep understanding of a few characters’ viewpoints, histories, and desires. Well Teddy will kill to get what he wants. In eight way, all three of them are acted on in the beginning of their stories the novel very cleverly tells three stories for the first half, only gradually interweaving them in a surprising aight satisfying way and none of them have power.

Find Rare Books Book Value. Jan eyfs, Christine Bloom rated it it was amazing. A Sight for Sore Eyes: Open Preview See a Problem?

A Sight for Sore Eyes

I sometimes get the impression you would contend that, for example, no Golden Age text ever indicates any signs of snobbery or anti-Semitism on an author’s part. And she treats even unlikeable, appalling characters with a sort of frank respect for their humanity that I really appreciate. Thank you so much. If he could just have loads of money, everything would be all right. Teddy and Francine grow up from babies to toddlers to adolescents before there is even any inkling that they might one day meet.

A Sight For Sore Eyes by Rendell, Ruth

Not chipped or crinkled. Male obsessed about ridding himself of his shabby existance [s]. Rendell weaves a puzzle and as we, the reader, try to put together the pieces, we are captivated by her ability, her understanding of human behavior and her rendering everything into a mesmerizing whole.

At times there is what feels like a very thinly-veiled contempt towards the Grex family in particular. Teddy sailed through school, not only doing well, but progressing onto Sixth Form and University, albeit a made-up college and a non-academic subject. He has no interest in anything until a neighbor shows him carpentry.

I realized how these three would meet up quite easily, although there were other twists and turns to keep me on my toes. Random House Audio Availability: These three seemingly separate stories gradually merge into one horrific tale. But she also explores how beauty can become a hollow shell and how it can hide a dark interior.


She is the oldest of the three characters, and because her power is so precarious and fleeting, we don’t get to see her exercise it except in her memory. With an appreciation by mystery author Carol O’Connell. Feb 05, Bill rated it it was amazing Shelves: We are experiencing technical difficulties. Sep 14, Pages Buy.

This one was very absorbing, and there are few authors I have read that can write about obsession like she can. On the other hand, he’s sure he’s right about everything, and feels the world would be infinitely better if the other people in it thought just like him.

Dust Jacket is in Fine condition.

To ask other readers questions about A Sight for Sore Eyesplease sign up. Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. She makes you really care about the characters.

It’s quick and almost cartoonish, and in tendell way I think that’s more appropriate. This was fendell overly suspenseful nor was it easy to become attached to any one character. Signed by All Contributors. Around this collection of kooks, who fall victim to an unusual amount of miscalculations and misunderstandings, Rendell, as usual manages to weave a fascinating, This book is populated by enough psychologically damaged characters to fill an asylum.

Free of societal mores, he becomes a sociopath, who eventually discovers that killing can be an effective way to get what he wants.