Nel cuore dell’inverno un’anziana coppia nordirlandese si concede una breve vacanza ad Amsterdam. Gerry e Stella si portano dietro il bagaglio di un lunghissimo matrimonio. È un matrimonio a tratti ancora denso di attenzioni e di tenerezza, che gli anni non sono riusciti a soffocare, ma la lontananza da casa e dalla rassicurante routine, dietro cui è diventato facile nascondersi, li costringe a fare i conti con la distanza che si è creata tra loro. Hanno sviluppato abitudini e convinzioni non condivise, germogliate da un seme piantato, forse, già decenni prima a Belfast, la città da cui sono fuggiti durante i disordini, preferendole la Scozia. Gerry, che una volta era un architetto, è smemorato e pieno di fisse. Stella è stanca del proprio stile di vita, preoccupata per il loro matrimonio e arrabbiata per il poco rispetto che il marito dimostra per la sua fede religiosa.
Amsterdam dunque, con i suoi canali increspati dal vento gelido, con le sue case alte e strette, fa da sfondo a un viaggio nell’intimità della coppia; fa da ponte tra un lungo passato e un futuro più breve, ma ancora da progettare.
- ISBN: 8823520371
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 304
Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives. Approaching their late sixties, they no longer share common interests - Gerry has his drinking, whilst Stella has her religion, a faith which has never deserted her, even at the lowest point in her life. They may not share common intere Leggi tutto
This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage. Gerry and Stella Gilmore are retired, now living in Scotland, and facing the midwinter of their lives and their marriage. Gerry, once an architect, a mediocre one in his estimation, cannot get through a day wit Leggi tutto
Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author - new to me. His writing is impeccable and intimate. He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married couple. However, although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship - which we observed up close and personal - I didn't actually enj Leggi tutto
Bernard MacLaverty has written, with this book, an utterly compelling and disarmingly human novel in which each one of us will see parts of ourselves. I read it during one of my recurrent February doldrums, and I have to put down to that fact a resultant inertia and demotivation in its perusal. And, w Leggi tutto
Stella and Gerry, married for forty years, in the retirement years of their life, one son, one grandson. They take a weekend trip, leaving Scotland, and heading to Amsterdam. Gerry thinks it is just for time away, change of pace, but Stella has other motives, a discontent in her life and a spiritual Leggi tutto
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In every relationship,’ said Stella, ‘there’s a flower and a gardener. One who does the work and one who displays. At first nothing heralded this book would be such rewarding experience. The story about ageing couple seldom seems to have something revealing to offer. Gerry and Stella. He's a retired Leggi tutto
The family is raised, the work’s done. That can’t be it, can it? There’s ten or twenty years left over, as it were. We’ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly. It doesn’t fit …. I have a sense of drift. I want to do something with the time I have left. Other than watch you drink This book is the sto Leggi tutto
Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose, and deeply thoughtful novels. His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer. Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70’s. Mac Laverty spreads details about their lives throughout the book rather than giving them to the reader Leggi tutto
MacLaverty doesn't write novels very often - this is only the second since the Booker shortlisted Grace Notes in 1997 (the only other one I have read). Once again this is a beautifully poised story of a crisis in a long lasting marriage. Like its author, its protagonists moved from Ulster to Scotland Leggi tutto
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