Londra, anni Trenta. Matt, un giovane artista squattrinato, sta disegnando su una panchina di St. James Park, quando Lorna, insofferente rampolla di una famiglia di Kensington, gli si siede accanto in lacrime, e all'istante scocca il colpo di fulmine. Nel giro di qualche mese i due si sposano e si trasferiscono in un cottage spartano nella campagna del Somerset. Hanno anche una bambina, Molly. Proprio quando la loro felicità pare renderli immuni dalla vita reale, un nuovo personaggio fa la propria comparsa sulla scena, intrusivo, fastidioso, implacabile: la Storia. Scoppia la guerra, e Matt deve partire per il fronte, in Grecia. Londra, anni Sessanta. Molly, ormai ventenne, lavora come segretaria del ricco e raffinato James Portland, con il quale intreccia una relazione da cui nasce Ruth. Nonostante le insistenze dell'uomo, Molly non lo sposa, perché sa di non esserne davvero innamorata. Londra, anni Novanta. Ruth è una giornalista free-lance, sposata e madre di due figli. Il suo matrimonio, però, è irrimediabilmente in crisi, e lei si ritrova a dover mettere in discussione tutto di sé e a imbarcarsi in un viaggio a ritroso negli anni alla riscoperta del passato della sua famiglia.
- ISBN: 8860888441
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 289
Moon Tiger was five incandescent stars; this is more like 4.5. It sagged a bit at times but the final stretch completely won me over. Consequences is like a family tree fairy story. The ending is maybe a bit contrived but I loved it! We get the lives of three women – grandmother, daughter and grandd Leggi tutto
Boring. The entire concept of fiction is that a character's choices lead to consequences. It is how any novel is meant to move. Lively, however, decides to skip forward and try to do too much. Each generation gets replaced by the next in her narrative and as I've thought about it, I feel that the au Leggi tutto
This is an intricately plotted, warm and intelligent story following three generations of an English family since the mid 30s. On one level this is an exploration of the significance of apparently random events, rather like Kate Atkinson's Life After Life, though without the alternative narratives,
I really like P. Lively – there’s a certain something about the way she writes. Big things are understated while little things are lovingly described in great detail. I see from other reviews that a lot of people feel the characters in Consequences were given short shrift in an effort to create this Leggi tutto
liked this novel. I always enjoy a Penelope Lively novel. This one is superbly written. The tone of the novel is soft and thoughtful, with little that jars. Considering the fact that two of the three heroines in the novels die prematurely, as does the man who's the center focus of the novel, that's
There is something in the writing of Penelope Lively that never fails to captivate me. Perhaps it is due to the subtlety of her writing, the way in which the characters are built up so slowly and perfectly that you feel like you know all you need without any of the long soliloquies found throughout
It's hard not to rate a book by the previous books by the same author. This one may deserve more than 3 of my 5 stars to award. It IS good. You should read it. But if you've not read Penelope Lively I'd start with Moon Tiger or How It All Began. I'm so glad I missed all the spoilers on this one. The Leggi tutto
This book lost me in the end, although I liked it very much for a while.
I just finished this about 5 minutes ago so I might need to let it marinate a bit before finalizing my review but since I'm on GR I'm going to jot down my first impressions.... I've got a few Livelys under my best at this point and this one may be my least fave so far. Everything about it was fine... Leggi tutto
I did not finish it. So do take that into consideration. Alas, alas, this isn't the same at all as the writer who authored "How it all began." I found it started awkwardly, but persevered. The author is at great pains to show how unique those characters she loves are and her method of showing this i Leggi tutto
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