Una grande villa edoardiana nella provincia inglese: il nido di una famiglia felice. Cuore di Allersmead è Alison, Madre archetipa, custode del focolare e cuoca meravigliosa; Charles è invece un padre distante e sarcastico, assorto in se stesso e nei libri che scrive; poi ci sono Ingrid, la ragazza alla pari che è rimasta trent'anni, e loro, i bambini, certo ora cresciuti, ma la casa è così piena di ricordi ? le foto nelle cornici, le tazze con il nome ? da far pensare che non se ne siano mai andati. E invece ognuno ha preso la propria strada: Gina reporter televisiva, Sandra con la sua boutique in Italia, Roger e Katie oltreoceano, Clare in giro per l'Europa con la compagnia di danza. Solo Paul è rimasto, il figlio più grande, sempre in bilico tra un nuovo lavoro precario e le ricadute nella droga. Allersmead è la casa dell'infanzia, delle feste di compleanno in giardino, degli anniversari intorno al tavolo della cucina. Di tanto in tanto, però, sui ricordi, e sulla vita presente, si allunga l'ombra di un fatto del passato ? una nota stridula nell'allegria di Alison, una battuta inaspettata dell'enigmatica Ingrid ? rimasto chiuso per anni in un cassetto come i vecchi vestiti di Carnevale, custodito dall'enorme casa ora un po' trascurata e malmessa, muta testimone di una famiglia che forse non è come tutte le altre.
- ISBN: 8860882419
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 326
In this stunning portrait of family life, Penelope Lively delves below the surface, making the ordinary quite extraordinary. She introduces you in depth to some characters, a few will be a snapshot seen via opinion but you will come to realize you have an insight into everyone in this messy three ad Leggi tutto
A little uneven perhaps, but this is a perceptive and rather moving study of family dynamics. The book starts with Gina, a journalist and her new partner as she introduces him to her parents and their home for the first time. Gina's family is large, unconventional and dysfunctional - her parents are Leggi tutto
There is both good news and bad news about this book. The good news is that it was only 200 pages. The bad news is that it was 200 very boring pages. I finished it, but barely, and I am hard pressed to think of a more unpleasant 200 page book. While the concept was somewhat intriguing, the characters Leggi tutto
This is one of those cases where many things that normally annoy me in books were forgiven because I liked the writing. Not so much a story as a character sketch of a family and its members, Family Album reads like a series of snapshots. Distant, self-absorbed Charles is married to Allison, a mom on Leggi tutto
Rating 3.9/5 Atmospheric - the applicability of this word was proving to be difficult for me to grasp until I grabbed Dame Penelope Lively's Moon Tiger . It was resplendent with nostalgia and memory. Now, I am not aware if memory-fiction is a thing (yes, yes, I say this despite Julian Barnes' The Se Leggi tutto
Hmm, did I miss something? Because I didn't find this novel "quietly devastating," as the NY Times reviewer called it: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/boo... Rather, I found it plodding and very staged. Perhaps I'm inured by too many memoirs of dramatic domestic dysfunction. I was sincerely moved
What a stroke of luck. Had in the back of my mind to get round to reading some Penelope Mortimer and browsing the selection in the Wilmette library secondhand store I picked this up by mistake. The wrong Penelope. But it had a reassuring 'NY Times Notable book of the Year' sticker on the cover and a Leggi tutto
It's rare that I give up on a book. I managed to plod through to the end of this blunder of a read, but for naught. The only properly developed character was the house, thus the title should have been "Allersmead." If it had been, I might have known to skip it. It was a pained experience from which
Penelope Lively's books are always a pleasure. This one, written about a large family (six children) who grow up in a huge and rambling turn-of-the-century house, is a prismatic glimpse into the experience of each of the characters (the children, parents, and the au pair). The upshot, at least for m Leggi tutto
The one word that comes to my mind as I rush through this book, because I just wanted nothing to do with it, is Verbose. The next thought about the book is 'How utterly boring' A surprise thought is 'Was this really a contender for a Booker Prize?' And lastly, not this author ever again. An after though Leggi tutto
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