Book: Lively Penelope «Making it Up»

Making it Up

Производитель: "Penguin Group"

Story-telling is an ingrained habit; I wouldn`t know what else to do. But the mythology that is intriguing today is that of imagined alternatives. Somehow, choice and contingency have landed you where you are, as the person that you are, and the whole process seems so precarious that you look back at those climatic moments when things might have gone differently, when life might have spun off in some other direction, and wonder at this apparently arbitrary outcome In this fascinating new piece of fiction, Penelope Lively takes moments from her own life and asks what if she had made other choices: what if she hadn`t escaped from Alexandria at the outbreak of WWII? What would her life have been like if she had become pregnant when she was 18? If she had married someone else? If she taken a different job? If she had lived her life abroad? In this highly original work, Penelope Lively examines alternative destinies, choices and the moments in our lives when we could have chosen a different path...

Издательство: "Penguin Group" (2008)

ISBN: 978-0-14-102119-5

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Lively, Penelope

▪ British author
in full  Penelope Margaret Lively,  original name  Penelope Margaret Low  
born March 17, 1933, Cairo, Egypt

      British writer of well-plotted novels and short stories that stress the significance of memory and historical continuity.

      After spending her childhood in Egypt, Lively was sent to London at the age of 12 when her parents were divorced. She graduated from St. Anne's College, Oxford, in 1954. Her first book, the children's novel Astercote (1970), about modern English villagers who fear a resurgence of medieval plague, was followed by more than 20 other novels for children, many of which were set in rural England, including the award-winning books The Ghost of Thomas Kempe (1973) and A Stitch in Time (1976).

      Lively's passion for landscape gardening inspired her first work for adults, the nonfiction The Presence of the Past: An Introduction to Landscape History (1976). Her first adult novel, The Road to Lichfield (1977), in which past truths shift when viewed from a contemporary perspective, reflects her interest in history and in the kinds of evidence on which contemporary views of the past are based. Her other novels for adults include Treasures of Time (1979), which won the British National Book Award; Judgement Day (1980); Moon Tiger (1987; Booker Prize), based partly on her recollections of Egypt; Passing On (1989); City of the Mind (1991); and Cleopatra's Sister (1993). Heat Wave (1996) is the story of the disintegration of a marriage, and a retired anthropologist reflects on her past in Spiderweb (1998). Oleander, Jacaranda (1994) is a memoir of Lively's Egyptian childhood.

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