Teddy was born in squalor. Now he is a craftsman determined to banish ugliness from his life. Harriet is a beautiful, bored trophy wife who employs a series. A Sight for Sore Eyes: A Novel [Ruth Rendell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Teddy was born in squalor. Now he is a craftsman. But in Ruth Rendell’s dark and damaged contemporary universe, innocent dreams can turn into the most terrible living nightmares. Teddy Brex emerges from a.

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Others in this novel further probe variations of psychological anomalies. But that’s not what makes this book dark. We see her as she and her boyfriend at the time break up, as she remarries to an older manas she ages but tries to hang on to her past youth and beauty and preys on youth and beauty.

I liked her writerly voice so much that I’ll be seeking out more of these standalone novels of hers as soon as I get the chance. It would makes sense to read one and rende,l the newer one to tie up the loose ends, but the Wexford novel is the better by far.

Actually, the one person who I had any small amount of sympathy for is a mass murderer! Books on Tape Availability: Teddy has his own twisted eyyes of how he wants his life to be with Francine. Roger Allen December 15, at 1: It all happens so suddenly that it’s a bit of a surprise.

But Rendell really does come down hard on the nutritional habits of these people. Meanwhile, Harriet is a woman who has used her looks to get ahead and found herself in a loveless marriage to a rich older man.


I will give this four stars for the exceptional writing. Instead of helping Francine Julia overprotects Francine to the point suffocation. However, she gets the neighbourhood of St John’s Wood spot-on, with snooty ladies and their well- preserved wealthy men, the area is a leafy haven of for the privileged.

Dust Jacket is covered by Mylar Brodart. The accent thing in English mystery fascinates me.

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LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Aug 05, Allan Nail rated it it was amazing. Fine in Fine dust jacket Edition: True to her word, she keeps such a close eye on Francine that it reaches overprotection to the point of obsession.

Francine has witnessed her mother’s death. This novel has one of my favorite formulas, be it reneell novels or movies, and it is this: A Sight for Sore Eyes is not just the work of a writer at the peak of her craft. In the end I couldn’t even work out what Julie had to gain to from over-controlling Francine -and as the daughter of an over-controlling misanthropist mother, I probably have more insight than most people.

In this novel the author tells the story of Teddy Brex who was a neglected child and Francine Hill who was found next to sighr mother’s murdered body.

A Sight for Sore Eyes

Books by Ruth Rendell. Refresh and try again. A fine copy in fine dust jacket; jacket has a publisher’s sticker stating: Bored by marriage to a wealthy, much older man, she scans the local newspapers for handymen to perform odd jobs around the house, including services in the bedroom. Sep 14, Gila Gila rated it really liked it Shelves: When these three plots strands finally converge, the result is harrowing and unforgettable.


It is an extraordinary story by a writer who, after 45 books, countless awards, and decades of international acclaim, is still getting better with every book. A First edition, First printing.

Teddy is an ignored and unloved child from a lower class London sjght who lives in a filthy smoke filled home. Now he is a craftsman determined to banish ugliness from his life. What a frustrating book, what mixed feelings I have in reaction to it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I know what you mean about the length of the later books.

Octavo with black cloth boards and gilt lettering on spine. Book is in Fine condition. Dust Jacket is in very good condition, without tears or chips or other damage. It’s a pretty shitty Wexford mystery his family woes could happily be cutbut fun to revisit this exquisite house of doom. The book that follows this, The Vault, takes up where this one left off with another murder to solve, and the body is found at Orcadia cottage.

A Sight for Sore Eyes: I think I might be spending some time with Ms.