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Dynmouth is a West Country seaside town with residents of all ages and classes and in influx of visitors in season There are several adults, often with secrets hidden behind a respectable facade, but the main characters in this novel are some of its children and one fifteen year old boy called Timothy Gedge in particular Timothy is a disturbed and disturbing boy, who does some rather unpleasant things, including spying on the adults and attempting to manipulate them or upset them It is difficult to like Timothy, but we also feel sorry for him he wants to be noticed and liked, and his manipulations are designed to persuade those adults to help him put together the props for a macabre comedy routine for the church fete s talent contest He dreams of being discovered and appearing on the television talent show of the time, Opportunity Knocks , where everyone from the town will see him and be amazed by his unusual comic talent Meanwhile he wanders the town and beach in the rain, friendless and ignored unless he approaches people , despite his distinctive yellow attire.While our sympathies may be with Timothy rather than the adults whose grubby secrets he uncovers, Trevor is too finely nuanced a writer for such a pat story line When his victims are the other main child characters of the novel, Stephen and Kate, whose widowed father and divorced mother respectively have recently married, our sympathy for Timothy vanishes although Trevor does remind us of it with a poignant ending. Those who didn t like gravy were indicated also, for there was often trouble where gravy was concerned.My first William Trevor novel, read for the Trevor vs Ali Smith knockout round of the 2019 Mookse Madness except this book turned out to have been eliminated in a previous round and advanced by mistake.Set in the early 1970s, the novel is set in the fictional small sea side town of Dynmouth Part of the novel s attraction, read 45 years later and as someone who was born at the same time as the 4 year old twins featured in the story, is how Trevor very much captures England at that time On the one hand meals on wheels, and Opportunity Knocks and on the other the local gang, the Dynmouth Hards, who regularly attack the one non white face in the townthe Pakistani from the steam laundryas part of an almost checklist based regime of menace leathers on tick girlfriend on back of bike tick attack the man from the laundry tick terrorise the local nurse tick spray pay racist graffiti tick destroy a bench tickBut the plot is driven by 15 year old Timothy Gedge, a memorable if not entirely realistic creation, who devises a bizarre and disturbing routine for the local talent show and then proceeds to blackmail most of the local residents with secrets observed in his wanderings around town including a married man to whom Gedge s revelation of his true sexuality seems as big a surprise to the man as it is to his wife in order to obtain the props he needs.The black humour and disturbing story is rather muted by a thread that concerns the local clergyman and his wife the former concerned at his impotence in being able to genuinely help his parishioners, and something of a redemptive ending to the novel involving the latter.Worthwhile but no Ali Smith 3.5 stars @DOWNLOAD KINDLE » The Children of Dynmouth ð The Children Of Dynmouth A Classic Prize Winning Novel By William Trevor Penguin Decades Bring You The Novels That Helped Shape Modern Britain The S Was A Decade Of Anger And Discontent Britain Endured Power Cuts And Strikes America Pulled Out Of Vietnam And Saw Its President Resign From Office Feminism And Face Lifts Vied For Women S Hearts And Minds And For Many, Prog Rock, Punk And Disco Weren T Just Music But Ways Of Life William Trevor S The Children Of DynmouthWinner Of The Whitbread Award And Shortlisted For The Booker Prize Was First Published In And Is A Classic Account Of Evil Lurking In The Most Unlikely Places In It We Follow Awkward, Lonely, Curious Teenager Timothy Gedge As He Wanders Around The Bland Seaside Town Of Dynmouth Timothy Takes A Prurient Interest In The Lives Of The Adults There, Who Only Realise The Sinister Purpose To Which He Seeks To Put His Knowledge Too Late I wanted to read one of my favorite authors and listen to a familiar voice That longing took me to Dynmouth on the Dorset coast of England where I anticipated pleasurable hours reading a William Trevor novel set in the 1970s It will be a quiet read, methinks, since the story is supposed to unfold in an unspoilt seaside town complete with charming tea shops and laces I was sorely mistaken The Children of Dynmouth turned out to be an unnerving story that shattered my sense of equanimity Trevor is, as always, an inimitable master of his craft I had forgotten, however, how brilliantly he can tell an unsettling story.The central character is Timothy Gedge, a 15 year old latch key youth with predatory, hungry eyes and a creepy smile He loiters in town, peers into people s houses, eavesdrops on conversations, and attends funerals of complete strangers He invites himself to super with the Abigails every Wednesday evening He does odd jobs for them, albeit shoddily, to earn pocket money However, Mrs Abigail does not know that he goes through her drawers in her bedroom He stops people in their tracks, makes empty conversations, and demands attention for his rude jokes or stories Timothy s chatterbox eccentricity seems merely annoying at first, but it becomes so gratingly intrusive that I cannot help feeling a surge of sadistic gladness whenever he is told to go away The vicarage is gearing up for an Easter f te and the annual Spot a Talent show Timothy becomes fixated with the idea of staging a gruesome one man comedy of a man who murdered his three wives in a bath His obsession to win sets in motion a devious plan to secure the props he needs curtains, a bathtub, a wedding gown and an officer s suit Timothy begins to blackmail his neighbors by threatening to reveal their secrets He fabricates lies or spouts vicious half truths that gnaw at the fragile threads that hold families together view spoiler Mrs Abigail gains cruel insight into reasons for her long, virginal marriage Twelve year old Stephen grieves anew the loss of his mother whom he was made to believe had been murdered Miss Lavant is exposed and mocked for sharing imaginary meals with the married doctor whom she loves to no avail The elderly Dass couple bleeds afresh to be reminded of why their son has left them hide spoiler I really enjoyed this it s a really interesting and creepy exploration of village life in a small and claustrophobic place The writing was great and the characterisation and atmosphere so well done. This is my first William Trevor novel, and as the UK prepares to exit Europe in 2019, the timing of my read is appropriate The Children of Dynmouth was written in 1976, immediately after Harold Wilson s referendum on EU membership one year earlier, in 1975.The portrait of Dynmouth population 4139 is expertly laid out by Trevor It s a local community content to concentrate on local matters, with British television and film James Bond, of course, Randall Hopkirk deceased , and three banks Lloyd s, Barclays, and the National Westminster The Simon Cowell of fifty years ago was Hughie Green, encouraging the belief that Opportunity Knocks for the undiscovered Young adolescents spent time not on Play Stations, but studying Wisden, and the myriad of possibilities afforded by County cricket averages It s a different, simpler, socially incestuous pace of life in western England in the 1970 s inward looking, than the modern age of cable TV and social media It s a moment in time wonderfully captured by Trevor the book set between 1970 1974.The narrative, and plot gives the author the chance to dig beneath the surface of the seemingly law abiding, god fearing residents of Dynmouth Central to which is fifteen year old Timothy Gedge.Its a clever age to ascribe to your anti hero Notionally still a child, Timothy is no novice when it comes to his ability to delve into secrets, and irritate even the most indulgent adult Timothy is a petty thief, he s constantly snooping, he blackmails there s an implicit sense that he has the potential to cause real harm to children younger than himself.The Children of Dynmouth is well worth a read for Timothy alone The reader is drawn into Timothy s plotting, and his faux matey persona cheers a man child lacking basic social gracesIn everything he said there were wisps of mockery146 I was reading a book that had five stars in prospect, and I only changed my mind when Timothy left centre stage and William Trevor gives voice via Lavinia Featherston to wider ranging questions of morality and of whether itsbad luck to be born damaged210 , or as consequence of bad parenting.This reflection is evidently why Trevor titled the book The Children of Dynmouth The insight didn t work for me, and especially against the devilish Timothy, this element of the novel lacked something, hence a small downgrade. Seriously creepy William Trevor is one of my favourite authors and my favourite short story writer and he does this brilliantly as always What is actually wrong with Timothy Gedge The references to him being bewildered when his victims run away from him or shout at him suggest social ineptitude, but he is clearly also shown to be malicious, and Kate thinks he is possessed The whole small seaside town and its introspective nature is so well done too To have thought of a character like Timothy Gedge is a mark of a great imagination, but to place it so well and have all the other characters really makes this novel Highly recommended. Cheers Ugh that Timothy Gedge is just so creepy and repugnant isn t he And yet utterly hilarious Seriously he is BRILLIANT A perfectly pitched novel of creeping unease and Seventies skeeviness in a British seaside town, I absolutely loved everything about it. William Trevor was one of the Booker Prize s perennial bridesmaids, and this book was shortlisted in 1976 The setting is Dynmouth, an outwardly sleepy Dorset seaside town rather reminiscent of Lyme Regis Like another book I read recently, Michael Frayn s Spies, this is a story about innocence and experience, and childhood games colliding with adult secrets with unforeseen consequences.The central character is brilliantly drawn Timothy Gedge is a 15 year old loner who spends much of his time watching people At the start this seems fairly innocent and harmless he dreams of escaping his inevitable destiny in the town s sandpaper factory via a talent contest, for which his act requires the help of various props he can only obtain by revealing what he has seen while watching people It becomes clear that he has learning difficulties, and although he has seen and remembered much, he understands little and uses a lively imagination to fill in the gaps As he cannot resist talking to everyone he can, his revelations leave a trail of destruction This is largely described via his harassment of Stephen and Kate, two 12 year olds who have been brought together because Stephen s widowed father has just married Kate s divorced mother.The portrait of the community is fully realised and full of comic 70s detail as somebody who was brought up in 70s England this had many resonances The ending is surprising and has an element of redemption. DevastatingOh, you have to watch the names with Trevor Timothy honouring god Surname Gedge, which has an unpleasant sound to it but apparently comes from an ancient word gygge and designated someone with high spirits And yes, spirits he has, although Kate is convinced the ones in possession of Timothy are devils She applies to the local clergyman but finds him inadequate when he rejects the idea of exorcism As Trevor said in an interview, there s always a bit of god bothering in his work, a gnawing, nagging complaining about this world if it was created, what was he thinking Beware the well meaning romanticism of a student teacher Trevor himself worked as a teacher And note the name of this one A student teacher called O Hennessy arrived at the Comprehensive and talked to his pupils about a void when he was scheduled to be teaching them English The void can be filled, he said.Nobody paid much attention to O Hennessy, who liked to be known by his Christian name, which was Brehon Nobody understood a word he was talking about The landscape is the void, he said Escape from the drear landscape Fill the void with beauty All during his English classes Brehon O Hennessy talked about the void, and the drear landscape, and beauty In every kid, he pronounced, looking from one face to another, there was an avenue to a fuller life..Timothy Gedge, like all the others, had considered O Hennessy to be touched in the head, but then O Hennessy had said something that made him less certain about that Everyone was good at something, he said, nobody was without talent it was a question of discovering yourself. Timothy decides that the local sandpaper factory is not his avenue to a fuller life He has a talent indeed He can be abrasive in many, many ways And doggedly single minded in pursuing his goal.A gentle, tender, distressing exposure of the loss of innocence Timothy is a malevolent spirit, a destructive animus, one that kicks away the props holding up cracked and sagging illusions and self deceptions Are the characters better off when their protective shell has been stripped away and they are left squirming in the unaccustomed light of day Is Timothy as much victim as he is perpetrator And how does Trevor manage to be so hilarious at the same time as devastating