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#Review: Here We Are by Graham Swift

Here We Are
Author: Graham Swift
Publisher: Scribner UK
Rating: 3/5

“Here We Are” is a mesmerizing and vivid tale set in the vibrant world of 1959 Brighton. This masterful piece of literary magicianship, penned by an undoubtedly skilled author, takes readers on a captivating journey into the lives of Ronnie, a brilliant young magician, Evie, his dazzling assistant, and Jack Robinson, the charismatic compère holding the whole show together.

At the heart of the story is the theatre at the end of the pier, experiencing its best summer season in years. The descriptions of the stage performances are enchanting, allowing readers to feel the magic and allure that captivates the audience night after night. The characters come alive with their talents and complexities, drawing us into their world of illusion and showmanship.

As the narrative unfolds, we are taken behind the curtains, where the off-stage drama between Ronnie, Evie, and Jack Robinson begins to take centre stage. While they excel in their theatrical success, the underlying tensions and complexities of their relationships become increasingly apparent. The author deftly navigates the intricacies of human emotions, revealing the vulnerability, desires, and insecurities that exist beneath the surface.

The characters’ interactions are rich and comic, adding a layer of depth to the story. Their chemistry and conflicts keep readers engaged, as we become invested in their fates. Each of their journeys is subtly devastating, filled with genuine emotional turmoil and dilemmas that resonate with the human condition.

The atmosphere of 1959 Brighton is skillfully recreated, immersing readers in a bygone era of entertainment, charm, and secrets. The author’s attention to detail and evocative prose transport us to a time when the world was filled with wonder and intrigue.

Throughout the novel, the plot unfolds gracefully, yet the twists and turns aren’t enough to keep the readers on the edge of their seat. Most often, the motives and intentions of come characters are unclear. The consequences of the characters’ actions have a lasting impact, leaving readers to ponder the repercussions of their choices and the delicate balance between ambition, love, and sacrifice. Still, even after this lesson, there’s a disconnect between the readers and the characters in the story.

“Here We Are” not only entertains but also reflects on the complexities of human relationships and the fragile nature of happiness. The skilful combination of comedy and poignancy makes this a good read, reminding us that behind the dazzling facade of show business lies the vulnerable hearts of those who seek to entertain and find their place in the world.

Best wishes to the author!

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