[[ epub ]] Moon Tiger Author Penelope Lively – Andy-palmer.co.uk

Moon Tiger Late life reminiscences have been done before, though they are rarely as eloquent as this one Claudia lies abed, reexamining the years and the people with whom she spent them She recalls the complex relationship with her brother Gordon As a child, she had once asked God to eliminate him painlessly but irreversibly, but as adults, they werelike a married couple, so closely tuned it was almost incestuous She also fondly and sadly remembers her brief affair with Tom, the only man she ev Late life reminiscences have been done before, though they are rarely as eloquent as this one Claudia lies abed, reexamining the years and the people with whom she spent them She recalls the complex relationship with her brother Gordon As a child, she had once asked God to eliminate him painlessly but irr Wow Just wow The nerdiness quotient in how I picked this book up is off the charts it was quoted in an article I was reading for my thesis but I can honestly say I have rarely made so wise a geeky decision To read the summary on the back in a bookstore, I doubt I would have decided to read it An old woman dying alone in a hospital reflects on her life Call that a picker upper But the way she constructs her life viewing it as a historian Weaving the history of the world into her own exi Wow Just wow The Claudia Hampton speaks to me of wars fought in distant lands, of the ever persistent forward march of humanity in the quest for collective betterment, of stories unknowingly buried forever in the catacombs of time and never unearthed, of the people we carry in our hearts wherever we go, of the history of the world intertwined with our own Claudia tries to make sense of the cacophony of voices inside her head and outside, of conflicting opinions colliding violently creating s A very personal take on history If I ever met Ms Penelope Lively, it d go one of two ways I d embarrass myself, falling over her with syrupy praise, thanking her with babbling, awkward effusiveness for creating such a masterpiece OR I d tell her with the bitterness of a withered crone that reading this book dampened every hope I had of writing something even close to its equal in impact, beauty or originality She has raised the literary bar, HIGH.It s a double edged sword when you re a writeA very personal take on history If I ever met Ms Penelope Lively, it d go one of two ways I d embarrass myself, falling over her with syrupy praise, thanking her with babbling, awkward effusiveness for creating such a masterpiece OR I d tell her with the bitterness of a withered crone that reading this book dampened every hope I had of writing something even close to its equal in impact, beauty or originality She has raised the literary bar, HIGH.It s a double edged sword when you re a writer, and you read something you wish you d written yourself.This book is all about history the biological history of the world, the history of textbooks, the history of our ancestors We bring our history with us knowingly or not how we interpret it, remember it, and change as a result of it is very individual This novel starts off with Claudia, an old woman on her deathbed, who announces An impressive account of war correspondent and popular historian Claudia, from her childhood to her death, the story she tells herself in a hospital bed at the end of a long life, its style mimicking the way a person might remember, without it being so called stream of consciousness Claudia s thought processes include eras she didn t live through those of Pilgrims and Aztecs, for example connecting those times to herself and to the time she did live through The narrative also gets handed off i An impressive account of war correspondent and popular historian Claudia, from her childhood to her death, the story she tells herself in a hospital bed at the end of a long life, its style mimicking the way a person might remember, without it being so called stream of consciousness Claudia s thought processes include eras she didn t live through those of Pilgrims and Aztecs, for example connecting those This winner of 1987 Man Booker Prize probably should have won manydistinctions The main character, Claudia, is anything but dull she is irascible, unapologetic a woman very much ahead of her time We are walking lexicons In a single sentence of idle chatter we preserve Latin, Anglo Saxon, Norse we carry a museum inside our heads, each day we commemorate peoples of whom we have never heard I never cease to wonder at it That words aredurable than anything, that they blow wi This winner of 1987 Man Booker Prize probably should have won manydistinctions The main character, Claudia, is anything but dull she is irascible, unapologetic a woman very much ahead of her time We are walking lexicons In a single sentence of idle chatter we preserve Latin, Anglo Saxon, Norse we carry a museum inside Long before The English Patient there was this very taut novel about WWII in north Africa There isn t a wasted word in the entire novel and while you may not always sympathize with the main character Claudia , you will enjoy her razor sharp wit Her daughter is portrayed as a dull product of a love affair but Lively doesn t allow that to go on either, allowing the daughter to have her say I ve read this countless times because Lively is a master or rather mistress of economy with words and ye Long before The English Patient there was this very taut novel about WWII in north Africa There isn t a wasted word in the entire novel and while you may not always sympathize with the main character Claudia , you will enjo I am verklempt I am besotted I ve come undone. The narrator announces this is to be a history of the world What she means, we soon learn, is that it will be a history of the world as experienced by her We have all been exposed at certain times of our life to moments of history which mysteriously remain an essential part of who we are Perhaps a childhood visit to Hampton Court, a passage in a school history book about Cleopatra, a documentary about an archaeologist hell bent on finding the remains of Troy moments that are like portals al The narrator announces this is to be a history of the world What she means, we soon learn, is that it will be a history of the world as experienced by her We have all been exposed at certain times of our life to moments of history which mysteriously remain an essential part of who we are Perhaps a childhood visit to Hampton Court, a passage in a school history book about Cleopatra, a documentary about an archaeologis The Elderly Claudia Hampton, A Best Selling Author Of Popular History Lies Alone In A London Hospital Bed Memories Of Her Life Still Glow In Her Fading Consciousness, But She Imagines Writing A History Of The World Instead, Moon Tiger Is Her Own History, The Life Of A Strong, Independent Woman, With Its Often Contentious Relations With Family And Friends At Its Center Forever Frozen In Time, The Still Point Of Her Turning World Is The Cruelly Truncated Affair With Tom, A British Tank Commander Whom Claudia Knew As A Reporter In Egypt During World War II.


About the Author: Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively is the author of many prize winning novels and short story collections for both adults and children She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger.Her other books include Going Back Judgement Day Nex Penelope Lively is the author of many prize winning novels and short story collections for both adults and children She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger.Her other books include Going Back Judgement Day Next to Nature, Art Perfect Happiness Passing On City of the Mind Cleopatra s Sister Heat Wave Beyond the Blue Mountains, a collection of short stories Oleander, Jacaranda, a memoir of her childhood days in Egypt Spiderweb her autobiographical work, A House Unlocked The Photograph Making It Up Consequences Family Album, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Novel Award, and How It All Began.She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award She was appointed CBE in the 2001 New Year s Honours List, and DBE in 2012.Penelope Lively lives in London She was married to Jack Lively, who died in 1998


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