[PDF] The Road to Lichfield BY Penelope Lively


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  1. says:

    I discovered Penelope Lively about a month ago with her Booker Prize winning Moon Tiger I devoured it not once b

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    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

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    This was Penelope Lively's first novel for adults and it was shortlisted for the 1977 Booker Prize which was won that year by Paul Scott's Staying On As always Lively's writing is intelligent and perceptive even if the plot is rather slightThe story is told me an omniscient narrator but occasionally slips into the first person At its centre is Annie who travels from her home in Berkshire to the home in Dr Johnson's home town of Lichfield

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    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 ti

  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 because they are normal by which I guess I mean a lot like me She puts them in situ

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    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

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    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

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    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

  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

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    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 highly believable The main character falls in love with apparently as much emotion as she in

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The Road to Lichfield

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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 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 Maybe it s an indication of how much things have changed that Lively seems to regard this kind of marriage as a normal state of affairs without need of commentary When Anne s father is diagnosed with dementia she discovers he has been giving money to a mysterious female every month Turns out she is the daughter of a dead woman her father had a long standing affair with Meanwhile Anne herself begins an affair with a neighbour of her father There s plenty of potential in such a ground plan However this is a novel that stumbles along without a purpose like getting into a car without any destination in mind Every relationship in this novel is almost unbelievably bland The affair must be the blandest account of adultery I ve ever read And the focus is all over the place For some reason we get an extensive account of Anne s brother s life a bachelor who favours young girls over women Eventually we will discover his life is no less bland than Anne s The upshot of the mysterious woman is bland as well A supposedly pivotal moment in the novel is when Anne joins a committee to save from demolition the oldest building in her village But Lively makes this building wholly unattractive so we have little concern for its survival Finally she gives it some skeletons in the closet as if to further ram home the point that everything we idealise is a sham This is a novel that seems to posit middle class mediocrity as the best we can hope for Yuk is all I can say

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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

  • Paperback
  • 224
  • The Road to Lichfield
  • Penelope Lively
  • English
  • 10 April 2019
  • 9780802136251

About the Author: Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively is the author of many prize winning novels and short story collections for both adults and children She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize once in 1977 for her first novel The Road to Lichfield and again in 1984 for According to Mark She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon TigerHer other books include Going Back; Judgement Day; Nex