Another striking example of metaphor occurs after Margot has departed and Simon and Robert are walking down to the sea for a swim:
To descend from the sublime, I want to speak of a major oversight in the Kindle formatting of this book: the lack of a linked table of contents. It doesn’t even have an unlinked ToC, and it’s a long book (450 pages in the paperback version); if you lose your place, there is no easy way to find where you left off. And I never got a real sense of the shape of the book – for example, whether there is any coherence or sequence to the way the author names his chapters. What I should have done was to write down the Chapter headings and Part titles as I went along so I could make use of the search function on Kindle. The word “Chapter” isn’t even part of the headings, so you can’t use that for a search. It would be helpful to future readers if the publisher republished the Kindle version with a linked ToC added.
View Max Cairnduff's review of this book here.