«Non si vorrebbero mai abbandonare i protagonisti di questo libro... alla fine ci sembra di conoscerli da sempre.»
The New Yorker
«Un libro che si legge tutto d’un fiato... Penelope Lively è bravissima a ricreare un’atmosfera di ansia, sospetto e frustrazione.»
The Wall Street Journal
Pauline è una redattrice freelance e, per concentrarsi meglio sul suo lavoro, ha lasciato l’appartamento di Londra e si è trasferita a World’s End, nel cuore della campagna inglese, dove divide il cottage con la figlia Teresa, il genero Maurice e il nipotino Luke. Maurice sta scrivendo un libro prestigioso sulla storia del turismo e spesso, nel fine settimana, si incontra con il suo editor James Saltash, sempre accompagnato dalla fidanzata Carol, che pare subire il fascino dello scrittore. È un’estate torrida a World’s End, la più calda degli ultimi cinquant’anni, e non solo perché il sole splende abbacinante sui dorati campi di grano... Pauline coglie qualche sguardo di troppo, qualche sorriso malizioso, che gettano ombre minacciose sulla vita di Teresa. E lei sa, adesso come allora, perché è un copione già letto e vissuto, che la fa sprofondare di nuovo nella spirale del dubbio e del sospetto, perché già ha dovuto sopportare l’onta del tradimento. Penelope Lively ci sorprende con un finale inatteso, ma forse inevitabile. E se le parole non contano più, a colmare gli spazi vuoti dell’anima rimane solo un assordante silenzio.
- ISBN: 8823516064
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 228
- Data di uscita: 14-04-2016
My fourth Lively book, and the most enjoyable thus far. Pauline, a freelance copyeditor (“Putting commas into a novel about unicorns”) in her fifties, has escaped from London to spend a hot summer at World’s End, the Midlands holiday cottage complex she shares with her daughter Teresa, Teresa’s husb Leggi tutto
The question is often asked ' Do you remember where you were when JFK was shot ?'...well probably in the midst of being breast fed by my mum if you're interested but I think a question could also be asked of the sun-starved british. ' Do you remember the heat waves of 1976, 1983 etc. We get so littl Leggi tutto
There are lots of authors who I really enjoy who get me happily from one end of a book to the other, with all kinds of interesting plots, characters and relationships, but who never write a really memorable sentence that makes me sit back and think. Penelope Lively is not one of those authors. Her p Leggi tutto
I think this is my 3rd Penelope Lively novel (nope it's my 4th!). I'm happy to say I won't run out of material by her any time soon for I have many more to go. This one is about all types of love: parental, husband & wife, friendships, and last but not least, illicit. As in the other two novels, thi Leggi tutto
This was my second Penelope Lively novel and I loved it as much as my first, Moon Tiger. This is a more contained novel, about the relationships between a middle aged mother and her grown up daughter (and young mother now herself) and son-in-law. Over the course of a summer's heatwave living in clos Leggi tutto
3.5 stars. Ironically felt somewhat lukewarm towards this one at first. I think this is definitely a book intended to be read during the course of one hot day, rather than in fits and starts as I approached it. After the initial perseverance needed, I was soon aptly rapt by the stifling simmering te Leggi tutto
I bought a copy of this novel last year, attracted by the striking artwork on the front cover and the promise of a perceptive portrayal of ‘a fragile family, damaged and defined by adultery’. Fortunately, the book itself very much lives up to this impression, unfolding over a dry, claustrophobic sum Leggi tutto
It's a pleasure to find a Penelope Lively novel that I hadn't read before. She is a writer I can rely on to provide astute characterisation and wise insights into relationships. As the title suggest, in this novel Lively also creates an intense psychological atmosphere that reflects the intensity of Leggi tutto
A masterfully written book. One of my all time favorites. I have turned to this book time and time again for a lesson on subtle writing.
Heat Wave narrates the interactions between several intertwined characters between the months of May through to August. Pauline, a copy writer, spends this summer in her countryside cottage working on several submissions while accompanied by her grown-up daughter, Teresa, who in turn is accompanied
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