Una coppia profondamente in crisi, lei architetto lui giornalista, non solo non si possono permettere di divorziare ma non riescono neanche più a vivere a Londra, vista la crisi economica. A lui hanno chiuso il giornale, lei ha perso il lavoro. La casa in cui vivono non si riesce a vendere per un prezzo accettabile: l’unica soluzione sembra essere quella di affittarla e con i soldi dell’affitto andare a stare in un posto molto più economico, una località remota del Devon. E così, la coppia che non funziona con i loro tre figli si trasferisce. E qui si apre la visione non più idilliaca da turista, ma grama da residente della vita in campagna, una campagna povera, piena di immigrati pagati una miseria, e di inglesi favorevoli alla Brexit. In più aleggia sulla casa che hanno affittato un mistero, perché l’affitto è ridicolmente basso, e presto scoprono il motivo: il precedente abitante era stato ammazzato proprio nel posto in cui vivono. Pubblicato nel 2017, è stato nominato libro dell’anno dal Guardian, Observer, New Statesman, Telegraph, Irish Times e Financial Times.
- ISBN: 8833210219
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 528
In a low key way, this is a multilayered epic novel that gives us a window into modern contemporary Britain and how political and social issues impact the lives of ordinary people. We observe the urban and rural divide through London and Devon. Craig's talent opens up the interior lives of a wide ra Leggi tutto
Craig’s new novel starts out relatively strong, appearing to be a meditation on marriage, Brexit, and the differences between urban and rural living. Sadly, it devolves into a messy melange: part potboiler, part mystery, and part soap opera, with a modicum of moralizing along the way. Lottie, an arc Leggi tutto
Waking with fortitude, living with compromise and sleeping with stress is normal for an architect in Britain. Even during the best of times, Lottie has spent weeks drawing up plans for prospects over which clients have then backtracked, changed their minds and cancelled. Experience has taught her
*** update*** Amanda Craig appeared in conversation with Meg Wolitzer at Charleston, May 2018 While the conversation was themed to examine feminism, Craig did expand on some wider ranging influences that inform The Lie of The Land: > Craig hesitates to go along with the Brexit label that has been atta Leggi tutto
Whaaaaat?!!! Seriously what just happened.... I HATE it when authors/editors do that. This was a seriously good read - a voice that was very fresh and original dealing sensitively (whilst at the same time being a page-turner) with family relationships, love, marriage & modern-day Britain. It was defin Leggi tutto
An extraordinarily readable, engaging and gripping tale, but less for its plot than its brilliantly observed and executed look at Britain today. Ostensibly, this is a mystery surrounding a Devon farmhouse - a secret every local knows, but not the once-well-off London family who find themselves livin Leggi tutto
The book felt so much longer than it actually is without ever feeling like a lot of happening. Then you get near the end and realise you are completely wrong. It really does sneak up on you. There are so many layers to it with various points of view as told by the characters stories but also the vie Leggi tutto
2.5 rounded down Another novel being added to the category of "post-Brexit" fiction, The Lie of the Land follows a family with money troubles forced to relocate from their million pound London home to deepest Devon. I really enjoyed the first half of this one, but the second half dragged a little and Leggi tutto
'Inside a great novel, or poem, or play,' he told Xan, 'there is no time, only a place of joy where readers may meet and embrace each other. To share a love of reading is to share the best love of all, because there is no democracy of taste, there is one of feeling.' One sign of how engaged I am with Leggi tutto
The Lie of the Land by Amanda Craig Actually I made a mistake with this book. I settled down to read this expecting a light-hearted tale relating the trials and tribulations of Quentin and Lottie Bredlin as they desert London and move to Devon in an effort to consolidate their finances and their divo Leggi tutto
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