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In The Road to Lichfield Penelope Lively explores the nature of history and memory as it is embodied in the life of a forty year old woman Anne Linton who unexpectedly learns that her father had I discovered Penelope Lively about a month ago with her Booker Prize winning Moon Tiger I devoured it not once but twice in a one month period and I can t wait to consume it again It is a novel which will stay with me until death or dementia I did not enjoy The Road to Lichfield uite as well The writing is still exceptional and it s better than most of what s out there Ms Lively does not waste a reader s time she always offers you the meat not the fat and when you hit the bone marrow your teeth chatter you start to shudder and sometimes you can t uite stop Lively wrote this story in her mid forties back in 1977 and it is incredibly remarkably modern Nothing about it feels dated except when she mentions the prices of things the new lavish home for thirty five thousand Okay maybe a few things have changedHowever what hasn t changed is mid life Mid life It will always be the same despite the century A time of change frustration sick and dying parents career boredom marital angst and teenaged children who find you out of date And all of this written in a very disturbing very accurate and upsetting way It s hard to recommend a book which may provoke you to have an extramarital affair uit your career or leave your family for Paris This novel carries the transportative power of Kate Chopin s The Awakening As in one page and you ve abandoned your children you re naked and you re headed out to seaThis is a dangerous and often depressing novel Consider yourself warned Full Dark, No Stars it If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, is embodied 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida in the life of a forty year old woman Anne Linton who unexpectedly learns that her father had I discovered Penelope Lively about a month ago with her Booker Prize winning Moon Tiger I devoured La ética de la crueldad it not once but twice 3052 in a one month period and I can t wait to consume Intégrale Gunnm Last Order Other Stories it again It Mercator is a novel which will stay with me until death or dementia I did not enjoy The Road to Lichfield uite as well The writing Pasos perdidos en Granada is still exceptional and Suffering and no suffering it s better than most of what s out there Ms Lively does not waste a reader s time she always offers you the meat not the fat and when you hit the bone marrow your teeth chatter you start to shudder and sometimes you can t uite stop Lively wrote this story Can We Live 150 Years? in her mid forties back The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears in 1977 and Robs Shiny Dumptruck it Roller Girl incredibly remarkably modern Nothing about Mama Glow it feels dated except when she mentions the prices of things the new lavish home for thirty five thousand Okay maybe a few things have changedHowever what hasn t changed Fire in the Sky is mid life Mid life It will always be the same despite the century A time of change frustration sick and dying parents career boredom marital angst and teenaged children who find you out of date And all of this written olga spessivtzeva in a very disturbing very accurate and upsetting way It s hard to recommend a book which may provoke you to have an extramarital affair uit your career or leave your family for Paris This novel carries the transportative power of Kate Chopin s The Awakening As ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! in one page and you ve abandoned your children you re naked and you re headed out to seaThis I Am Providence is a dangerous and often depressing novel Consider yourself warned

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The Road to Lichfield

The Road to Lichfield is a subtle exploration of memory and identity of chance and conseuence of the intricate weave of generations across a past never fully known a future never fully anticipat I ve read a number of Penelope Lively s novels including her best known children s novels The Ghost of Thomas Kempe and The House at Norham Gardens and there is a consistency in her themes no matter what setting or time period she chooses She is interested in time in the past in the concept of history how it impacts us how we perceive it how it shapes us and how we shape it I was reading a bit about her background and it wasn t surprising to learn that she read History at Oxford The Road to Lichfield was Lively s first adult novel after a successful career writing children s novels and on the surface at least it seems to follow the outline of her own life Perhaps she was following the advice to write what you know at any rate the novel rings true both emotionally and in the details The protagonist Anne Linton is 40 a history teacher the mother of a son and daughter she was born in the 1930s was a child during World War II and is entering middle age during the 1970s a time of great change for women I wouldn t describe this as a liberation story though uite the opposite When the story begins Anne s father has recently been put into a nursing home Over the course of the novel which takes place between April and late August Anne begins making regular visits from her home in Berkshire to her father s home in Lichfield The fact that Samuel Johnson was also from Lichfield is mentioned several times in the plot As she comes to terms with her father s oncoming death Anne must also come to terms with new information which puts her father s past and in some sense his whole character into a different light Meanwhile she begins an affair with one of her father s neighbours a schoolmaster of a similar age to her own The idea of history and its relevance plays out in a number of ways in the plotLively s domestic adult fiction is very middle class English and this is both an appealing and off putting uality Her dialogue is extremely naturalistic and realistic and silences a well chosen word or banal commonplace can be perfectly revealing She writes in the third person but with glimpses into the workings of a mind not just Anne s but also her father s and occasionally that of David her lover Her novels are like a smooth controlled surface with ripples of emotion occasionally bubbling up I m interested in her work because she is fascinated by the sorts of ideas that fascinate me too Anne and her husband Don have a very different way of thinking about things and they place value on experiences and emotions in sometimes starkly different ways Is this normal than not for men and women or is it just that it reflects back to me so much of my own experience Either way this novel struck a personal chord with me The ending so controlled and understated was nevertheless uite devastatingThank you to Elke meetpenguingirl and Penguin Platform for sending me this edition of the Penguin Essentials

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A mistress With this new knowledge Linton must now examine the realities of her own life of her childhood her husband and ask What do they really know of her Deeply felt beautifully controlled Like a fine wine subtle and nuanced Pure pleasure with a long finishI had read that this was Dame Penelope s first novel which continued to astound as I read in view of the tight control of pace and voice But it turns out this was her first novel for adults AhaFirst published in 1977 refreshing to remember a world and time where people were not constantly tweeting and messaging and what s apping and nothing ever beeped at you But the underlying themes of our relationship with the past and repeating the patterns of behaviour set by our parents is one that is as relevant today as forty years back Rockonomics in view of the tight control of pace and voice But Pathfinder Chronicles it turns out this was her first novel for adults AhaFirst published Velvet Submission (Club Velvet Ice, in 1977 refreshing to remember a world and time where people were not constantly tweeting and messaging and what s apping and nothing ever beeped at you But the underlying themes of our relationship with the past and repeating the patterns of behaviour set by our parents Oil Painting is one that Putins Russia is as relevant today as forty years back


10 thoughts on “The Road to Lichfield

  1. says:

    I discovered Penelope Lively about a month ago with her Booker Prize winning Moon Tiger I devoured it not once but twice in a one month period and I can't wait to consume it again It is a novel which will stay with me until death or

  2. says:

    I’ve lavished praise on Penelope Lively in the past but I can’t think of anything positive to say about this Anne is married to Don an unimaginative man who likes to get his money’s worth It’s a thoroughly bland marriage I was interested in this marriage than in anything else in this book but Lively skips over it as if it’s somehow normal for two people who barely have anything in common to live with each other for years on end Ma

  3. says:

    This was Penelope Lively's first novel for adults and it was shortlisted for the 1977 Booker Prize which was won that yea

  4. says:

    Like a fine wine subtle and nuanced Pure pleasure with a long finishI had read that this was Dame Penelope's first novel which continued to astound as I read in view of the tight control of pace and voice But it turns out this was her first novel for adults AhaFirst published in 1977 refreshing to remember a world and time where peo

  5. says:

    I really like Penelope Lively I've read several of her books and there's always good plotting and characterizations I care about her people b

  6. says:

    I really enjoyed this The writing style was great the theme of history and the past very interesting and its exploration of family and marriage very well done

  7. says:

    I've read a number of Penelope Lively's novels including her best known children's novels The Ghost of Thomas Kempe and The House at

  8. says:

    I've become an avid Penelope Lively fan and I dived into this one It was like diving into cool translucent water on a hot day so lucid the prose so calm and unhurried the plot so careful the nudges towards a theme This is known territory middle class middle life middle England Sounds tedious and parochial What saves it is Lively's understanding of what I'm going to be daring #pretentious and call the 'psychic infrastructure' of her chose

  9. says:

    I've been on a recent Penelope Lively binge She's my version of Maeve Binchy Better writer easy to get caught up in her stories I like her female protagonists who are always prickly never goody two shoes and usually acerbic in their judgments of the people around them MOON TIGER will always be my favorite of hers but the

  10. says:

    A typically English novel but while I was reading it I felt reminded of many situations in my own life The lack of emotionpassion is remarkable and captures intentionally I am not sure how foreigners especially the French are traditionally portrayed as imagining the English The novel is easy to read and the characters high

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