• Title: The Children of Dynmouth
  • Author: William Trevor
  • ISBN: 9780141041933
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Children of Dynmouth A small pretty seaside town is harshly exposed by a young boy s curiosity His purient interest oddly motivated leaves few people unaffected and the consequences cannot be ignored
    A small, pretty seaside town is harshly exposed by a young boy s curiosity His purient interest, oddly motivated, leaves few people unaffected and the consequences cannot be ignored.

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    1. CONTAINS SPOILERS The main character comes across at first as a special ed kid, but as the story evolves we see that he is truly mentally disturbed. He’s an older teenager who is cast aside by his family. He has no father and his mother and older sister are good buddies, laughing, smoking, eating together, while he fends for himself on leftovers in his room. So he wanders the town stealing petty things and small amounts of money, getting into trouble and doing odd jobs for people. He’s the t [...]

    2. 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 w [...]

    3. 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, [...]

    4. 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. Trevo [...]

    5. 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 lik [...]

    6. 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.

    7. God, William Trevor is brilliant. This story of a strange, misfit teenager in a coastal town opens up, as so much of Trevor's fiction does, into the astonishing breadth and depth of the mysteries of human experience (I know that sounds pretentious--blame me for that, not Trevor). Now the same sort of boy would be hanging out in the nastier sort of Reddit chatrooms and trolling online and igniting flame wars for the lulz.

    8. Another almost perfect William Trevor novel. I wish I'd discovered him years ago - there is a large body of work to get through: I understand he was renowned for his short stories as well as his novels. Trevor was born in Ireland in 1928 and died last year (2016). The other novels I've read have been set in Ireland but this one is set in the English west country where Trevor lived for most of his adult life. The title of the novel suggests innocence - but even from a short acquaintance with Trev [...]

    9. 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 diffic [...]

    10. Small town evils on the Dorset coast: a woman dies mysteriously by falling from a cliff and her husband almost immediately remarries the local divorcée; a retired man who never consummated his marriage of 38-years is accused of paederasty; the landlord of the local public house is seen at all hours in compromising positions; an invalid woman and her husband are vociferously berated for overprotection by their darling boy as he departs the village forever; the vicar's dwindling flock do not rega [...]

    11. For me, William Trevor is a writer far outside the star ranking system. How does (now did) he do it? Through one spare and elegant description after another, of things seen and heard from a cool distance, he breaks your heart for the decaying town of Dynmouth and all its yearning and enduring residents. And especially for Timothy Gedge, the awkward, devious, broken boy at the heart of the story. There's never a sense that Trevor wants us to DO something: care more, maybe. He simply stands, obser [...]

    12. Timothy Gedge is an interesting and compelling character and now pondering how he was so oddly motivated in his way of manipulating the truth. Was he evil or just the product of bad parenting that made him a very sad and lonely teenager? Great read and will be interested in reading more from this author.

    13. The great William Trevor passed away this week. I have long so admired his writing and he leaves us with some of the most entrancing works in our language. He was widely known for his short stories, surely one of the century's great craftsmen of this genre. His novels are similarly jewels of writing. A short time ago I purchased from one of the remainder websites a set of Penguin reprints of his early novels none of which I had read before except the marvelous novella "Nights at the Alexandra". [...]

    14. Timothy Gedge, an adolescent in yellow, is the stuff of nightmares, intimidating and manipulative of children and adults, able to be so because of his creeping about observing their every foible and sin. Trevor is masterful at building up tension as Gedge goes about the 70s Dorset seaside town, getting people to give him things for his projected slot in the Spot a Talent competition at the Easter fete. A wedding dress, a tin bath, a dog toothed suit for a macabre recreation of the brides in the [...]

    15. I love William Trevor's short stories and this is the first of his novels I've read. As always, I took pleasure in reading his wonderful prose and loved the characters he'd created here. William Trevor writes about small communities so well. This felt like a long short story rather than a novel. There was a distinct lack of narrative tension for me. However, I was eager to see how the novel ended. It went out with a whimper rather than a bang, but that is very much William Trevor's style. The st [...]

    16. Completely extraordinary novel. Gripping from start to finish, with a brilliantly awful central character who must surely have been the inspiration for the Fast Show's "suits you sir" character.

    17. This is a very British tale by a very British author, an acquired taste, I believe. You must appreciate understatement and dry wit to find it engaging, and you also must be able to bulldoze past a mind-numbing batch of opening pages documenting the town’s scenery. It’s a very slow starter but picks up after the first quarter.The town is a tiny seaside community in long decline where the chief economic engine is a sandpaper factory. The characters are small-minded, dim-witted, and set in trad [...]

    18. The best book I've read in a long time. Chilling and funny but altogether unnerving. A boy, in the pursuit of what he wants, decides to leave his town in a muddled state of undress. Going from person to person, each owning an item that he needs for a Spot the Talent! competition, he befriends them and cunningly blackmails them. We're somewhat unsure if he knows what he's doing initially; he's left confused by people's outbursts at him, telling them to leave him alone, telling him to stop. He sta [...]

    19. Délaisse par sa mère et sa sœur il fait du chantage avec les habitants de dynmouth afin d’obtenir les accessoires utiles pour un sketch qu’il ne fera pas au final : dans uni baignoire en robe de mariée figurer les meurtres de diverses femmes il s’imagine être en fait le fils d’une célibataire éprise du docteur la femme du pasteur comprend qu’au lieu de se morfondre sur l’échec de sa dernière grossesse elle peut être à l’écoute de ce Timothy

    20. Färdvägar, 1976. Författaren är irländare, bosatt i engelska Devon, född 1928. - Vi möter några människor i den idylliska sydkuststaden under några sommarveckor. Bland invånarna finner vi också den obehaglige tonåringen Timothy Gedge. Dämpad ton. Moralisk slutsats som jag inte begriper. Trevor kan berätta.

    21. A strange and rather dark tale about truths and half truths revealed by a village teenager who sees all but has trouble defining his own neglected reality. I would certainly read more by this author.

    22. Weird, creepy and utterly compelling. Young Mr. Timothy Gedge knows and exploits everyone's secrets to terrorize a small village, even as an uneasy peace falls with the voice of Petula Clark.

    23. My fraught relationship with small towns, pt. 47Surely, the scene is set the way you expect the scene to be set in a novel set in a small seaside town: a town lifted comfortably out of the confines of specific time and place, fictional (Dynmouth doesn't actually exist) only because it purports to be every small seaside town. When Steinbeck described the seaside town of Monterey in Cannery Row, he wrote, in what must be one of my favorite literary passages:Its inhabitants are, as the man once sai [...]

    24. Beautifully told, as one would expect, which is what made the ugliness and the doom-laden-ness of the story doubly hard to bear, the awful menace of Timothy Gedge so well-evoked as to leave me twitchy and uncomfortable .

    25. This is my first William Trevor novel and it will not be my last. Well written, somewhat quirky with odd senses of foreboding and at the same time sympathy, the book engages the reader from beginning to end.The point to keep in mind with this book is that it was written and set in 70s. Today’s treatment of Timothy Gedge would be much different. Today he would see as a character on the autism spectrum perhaps and his behavior explained away as caused by a lack of appropriate therapies, neglect [...]

    26. Product Description "Penguin Decades" bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain. When they were published, some were bestsellers, some were considered scandalous, and others were simply misunderstood. All represent their time and helped define their generation, while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling. William Trevor's "The Children of Dynmouth" was first published in 1976. In it we follow awkward, lonely, curious teenager Timothy Gedge as he wanders around the [...]

    27. There's a saying, "little pitchers have big ears", and nowhere is this more true than in Trevor's The Children of Dynmouth. The novel follows the young teenager Timothy Gedge, fifteen years of age, but much younger in maturity. Neglected by his overworked mother and deserted by his father, young Timothy wanders the village of Dynmouth, peeking into windows, spying on the citizens, overhearing conversations he has no business hearing. He uses this gained knowledge to manipulate people into giving [...]

    28. William Trevor's The Children Of Dynmouth reminds me of many things. For one it reminds me of a place i grew up in. The characters are well drawn and realistic and remind me of village type people in a small town, particularly in England, where gossip is rife and peeping curtains a common place. Is it such a good vs evil story?, i think not when you climb inside Timothy Gedge's mind. He certainly is a fantastical boy and with cruel intent but you end up feeling sorry for him,with his childhood a [...]

    29. The story is set in the 1970's in a small village on the coast of England. Trevor begins by introducing the village in its setting and various people in the town. The pace is slow at the start while characters are clearly drawn. One adolescent, Timothy Gedge, takes a central role as a misfit that enjoys attending funerals and spying on the village people: lurking in shadows and peeping in windows. Timothy has an agenda of his own. The story picks up the pace as Timothy systematically blackmails [...]

    30. Questo è un libro strano. O almeno, a me questo libro è apparso strano.Il personaggio principale mi ha ricordato, per la maggior parte delle pagine, il gatto Duchessa del film Babe, maialino coraggioso che racconta al piccolo -ingenuo e dolce porcellino- la verità (se mai di verità si tratta) solo per guadagnare qualcosa, con sottofondo d'invidia rabbiosa. Ma questo ragazzino solitario e solo forse non è né invidioso, né rabbioso. Ha bisogno forse soltanto che qualcuno lo guardi, lo veda [...]

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