Adam and Eve and Pinch Me by Ruth RendellWith consummate skill, Ruth Rendell pulls the colorful strands of this harrowing story ever tighter, increasing the tension page by page.
Jock Lewis was supposed to have died in that terrible train crash at Paddington. Minty, his girlfriend, received a letter from Great Western telling her so. But, curiously, the police havent been in touch. And Jock has borrowed all her savings . . .
Zillah also got a letter from the railway company, informing her that her husband, Jerry Leach, was dead. Something about the letter struck her as suspicious, but she chooses not to mention her doubts to the up-and-coming Conservative Member of Parliament who has just proposed a marriage of convenience . . .
Fiona, a successful banker, met Jeff Leigh before the Paddington crash in August. Although he never seemed to have a job, and borrowed money from her, she is utterly devoted to him—and cant understand why he suddenly has disappeared . . .
As this novel gets under way, it is not immediately apparent how the lives of these women might be connected, or how they may figure into a series of vicious stabbing deaths that have shocked and terrified the citizens of London. With consummate skill, Ruth Rendell pulls the colorful strands of this harrowing story ever tighter, increasing the tension page by page.
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Misfits, the maladjusted, the lonely and the disillusioned turn up with alarming regularity in Ruth Rendell's novels, and suggest that their creator is far from confident in contemporary society's ability either to assimilate them or to survive the covert threat they pose. Adam and Eve and Pinch Me offers a bewildering array of dysfunctions, ranging from cock-a-hoop con-artistry to the more impenetrable darknesses of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Adam and Eve and Pinch Me
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This latest gem from the British master concerns the wreckage wrought on a variety of Londoners by a womanizing con man who speaks in rhymes. Here, as in A Sight for Sore Eyes , Rendell's genius is to create characters so vivid they live beyond the frame of the novel. She pushes the ordinary to the point of the bizarre while remaining consistently believable. Araminta "Minty" Knox, the fragile center of the plot, is a something woman, alone and obsessed with hygiene, who works in a dry-cleaning shop. All the world is a petri dish for Minty, who sees germs everywhere, which she attacks with Wright's Coal Tar Soap. She is equally tormented by the ghosts she imagines, her domineering "Auntie" and the man who took her virginity.
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A handsome con man with numerous aliases, including Jerry Leach and Jock Lewis, manipulates three vulnerable women into handing over large sums of money. After he supposedly dies in the Paddington train crash , they realise his deception and find themselves in serious debt. The title is derived from an old children's game, whereby one will ask: "Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me went down to the river to play; Adam and Eve were drowned, so who do you think was saved? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
I mmediately, you are into it. That "because" explains nothing, while suggesting that there is some logic at work. This suggestion is at the heart of the novel and of much of Ruth Rendell's fiction. The logic in that first sentence is in the mind of a character whom we might call "disturbed" - whom, in an earlier age, we would have called "mad". As the opening chapter unfolds, we find out that she lives her life without anyone else, except the reader, noticing that she is ruled by delusions. She holds down a job, she socialises with her neighbours; and she sees ghosts and hears voices. When we talk about famous openings of novels, we usually mean resonant first sentences rather than beautifully crafted first scenes or chapters.