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She later regretted that some translations of the novel's title suggested "far from the shore" when she was in fact writing about boats that were anchored just a few yards from the bank, and the "emotional restlessness of my characters, halfway between the need for security and the doubtful attraction of danger". The conversation continues with Richard confessing that he can't see the point of so much talk, and bluntly admits he finds it difficult to define or discuss His Feelings!

Offshore is a melancholy book about a bunch of misfits living out their miserable existences on houseboats on a stretch of the river Thames.

They're held together, for as long as they can be, by Richard, a fussy and relatively competent old Navy guy who imagines that all of this can be fixed.

Fitzgerald is adept at evoking the atmosphere of late 1960s London with rich period detail but beyond this the book feels slight and inconclusive, meandering along with only the sketchiest plot. Was there not, on the whole of Battersea Reach, a couple, married or unmarried, living together in the ordinary way? The river's most elusive hours, when darkness lifts off darkness, and from one minute to another the shadows declare themselves as houses or craft at anchor. It's the Thames standing in for the River Lethe, whose waters wiped the pasts of ancient Greek souls before they wandered beyond it into the Limbo of Asphodel. A mile and a half down Green Lanes, half a mile down Nassington (sic) Green Road, one and a half miles the wrong way down Balls Pond Road, two miles down Kingsland Road, and then she was lost”.I'm well-educated and I've got two children and I can manage pretty well, there's a number of much more essential things I know how to do, but I can't do those ones, and when they come up I feel like weeping myself sick. A young German (ex) aristocrat had "an upbringing designed to carry him through changes of regime and frontier, possible loss of every worldly possession.

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