Friday, 2 September 2011

Peyton place

I'd heard about Peyton Place but I couldn't tell you when or why. I knew it is a grown up book but only had that knowledge vaguely at the back of my mind. I bought my copy of Peyton Place from a charity shop in Oxford where it's orange cover had caught my eye.

It follows the lives of the townspeople of Peyton Place, a small town in America from the 30s to the 50s and I finished it in a week or so. The feel of the book is a little trashy, in the literary sense, but the story was very interesting. It aims to show what lurks beneath the surface of a normal everyday town-in this case incest, extortion, voyeurism and generally salubrious behaviour. I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did, and I enjoyed the way she deals with sex and different types of desire-she deals with it so freely that the book was banned on publication.

Peyton place is definitely worth reading, and you'll never look at your neighbours the same way again...

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