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The House on the Brink

By (author) John Gordon
Format: Hardback
Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Imprint: Lutterworth Press
Published: 28th Mar 1983
Dimensions: w 130mm h 190mm
Interest age: 12+
Reading age: 12+
ISBN-10: 074440004X
ISBN-13: 9780744400045
Barcode No: 9780744400045

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Not so much suspense as suspension, compounded unduly as the story comments on itself - "He sighed and stuck his hand in his hair, let it fall over his forehead. . . . Gesture of a man alone and unobserved" - and interprets itself, posing, deposing, and revising explications of the arcane: "That trail's inside us. We can make it exist wherever we want." So that's it? No, Dick is "only a water diviner. It was like a new party trick; a trick, and he had turned it into a destiny." But only a water diviner? No, again. "They were trapped in another person's fantasies. Mrs. Knowles had told them about the body; Mrs. Knowles had invented the Silver Fields; the dark and the light were in her mind." None of these reckonings is appreciably more fathomable in context: this is at once openended and tightly circumscribed - there is no answer. . . but there is no exit. And that in a nut(?)shell is Dick's dilemma: at sixteen he's empowered and imprisoned by some sort of extrasensory perception. . . . There's the body (a log?) and the trail (a mystique?), the restorative water from those Silver Fields which do and don't exist; there are down-to-earth friends, a mysterious man, and the girl Helen who shares Dick's susceptibility. Sometimes. Mood is everything, a mist that might either be wholly insufferable or just neutrally impenetrable; the matter of access is a question of predisposition. (Kirkus Reviews)