Headlong by Michael Frayn

December 2002

I just finished reading this book by the playwright who wrote the immensely entertaining "Noises Off". I read a review of the book ages ago and was intrigued because the plot revolves around a long-lost Bruegel painting - and we all know how much I love Bruegel. The main character in the book thinks he's found the painting languishing in his neighbor's back room, he attempts to scam the neighbor to get the painting for himself, much comedy and tragedy ensues. The bits about Bruegel were good, but I didn't find any of the characters especially likeable, and somehow even the story itself wasn't that engaging. It wasn't until the very last chapter that I started to care whether the mystery painting was an actual Bruegel or not. Oh well. It was a fast, diverting read.

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