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The Boy in the Field: A Novel (Original 2020; 2020. Auflage)

von Margot Livesey (Autor)

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Titel:The Boy in the Field: A Novel
Autoren:Margot Livesey (Autor)
Info:Harper (2020), 268 pages
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An Assault Alters Young Lives

In Margot Livesey’s ambling and quiet novel, three secondary students, Matthew, Zoe, and Duncan 13, discover a badly injured boy, Karel, in a field as they are walking home from school. They provide him comfort and aid and summon emergency help. The experience sets them off thinking about where they might be headed in their own lives. The novel follows them for a few months after their discovery, devoting alternating chapters to each. Then the novel changes narrative direction by consolidating the characters into successive chapters that deal with a fundraiser, a masquerade where people come dressed as people they admire or wish to have been, and a college art show eight years after the incident in which one, Duncan, exhibits his thesis work, and the narrator relates where they landed in life. Did finding and helping Karel have an effect on their lives? It seems to have in nuanced ways, with each influenced differently and to different degrees.

Finding Karel gives each character’s life a jolt. Matthew, who has in interest in helping people, takes the most intense interest in discovering who hurt Karel and why. He teams up Karel’s brother, a youth burdened by problems, in canvassing for the possible assailant. He also spends time with the police inspector assigned the case. Zoe goes in search of something more personal and stumbles upon an American graduate student in England for research, and a romance begins to form, and she contemplates her young womanhood. Duncan, the youngest, artistic, and an adopted child, develops an intense interest in finding his birth mother, a task he sets off on with the help of his adopted mother, who is a lawyer. He and Zoe also become aware that Hal, their father, is having an affair with another woman, and that it might be why he wasn’t at school to pick them up that day, as he had promised. In the end, all works out, with each of these youths finding a place in the world, though only one seems particularly solid and fulfilled. However, tragedy strikes at least one of the characters.

Now, as to whether you will enjoy this novel. You will if you like family stories and coming of age tales, and if have patience for storytelling that moves at a leisurely pace and that tones down even dramatic events. Oh, and if you have a spot in your heart for dogs, you’ll appreciate the other family adoptee, Lily, who seems capable of taking everyone’s and every situation’s measure. A skillfully rendered work, though many who try it may find it a bit on the somnolent side. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
An Assault Alters Young Lives

In Margot Livesey’s ambling and quiet novel, three secondary students, Matthew, Zoe, and Duncan 13, discover a badly injured boy, Karel, in a field as they are walking home from school. They provide him comfort and aid and summon emergency help. The experience sets them off thinking about where they might be headed in their own lives. The novel follows them for a few months after their discovery, devoting alternating chapters to each. Then the novel changes narrative direction by consolidating the characters into successive chapters that deal with a fundraiser, a masquerade where people come dressed as people they admire or wish to have been, and a college art show eight years after the incident in which one, Duncan, exhibits his thesis work, and the narrator relates where they landed in life. Did finding and helping Karel have an effect on their lives? It seems to have in nuanced ways, with each influenced differently and to different degrees.

Finding Karel gives each character’s life a jolt. Matthew, who has in interest in helping people, takes the most intense interest in discovering who hurt Karel and why. He teams up Karel’s brother, a youth burdened by problems, in canvassing for the possible assailant. He also spends time with the police inspector assigned the case. Zoe goes in search of something more personal and stumbles upon an American graduate student in England for research, and a romance begins to form, and she contemplates her young womanhood. Duncan, the youngest, artistic, and an adopted child, develops an intense interest in finding his birth mother, a task he sets off on with the help of his adopted mother, who is a lawyer. He and Zoe also become aware that Hal, their father, is having an affair with another woman, and that it might be why he wasn’t at school to pick them up that day, as he had promised. In the end, all works out, with each of these youths finding a place in the world, though only one seems particularly solid and fulfilled. However, tragedy strikes at least one of the characters.

Now, as to whether you will enjoy this novel. You will if you like family stories and coming of age tales, and if have patience for storytelling that moves at a leisurely pace and that tones down even dramatic events. Oh, and if you have a spot in your heart for dogs, you’ll appreciate the other family adoptee, Lily, who seems capable of taking everyone’s and every situation’s measure. A skillfully rendered work, though many who try it may find it a bit on the somnolent side. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Two words for this book: family drama. This book took me inside the lives of a mother, father and three siblings. When their father is late to pick them up from school, Matthew, Zoe and Duncan take a five mile walk home across a field together when they find a boy who is unconscious and needs immediate help from unknown reason. The plot wraps around the boy, Karel, who is found in the field. The book devotes chapters to each of the three siblings as they try to make sense of this emotional tie with their own lives. It wraps up in the end which is comforting. ( )
  Jacsun | Oct 5, 2021 |
One day, walking home from school, three siblings find a boy injured and bleeding in a field. This experience seems to result in individual growth, change, and secrets revealed within the siblings' family. I say "seems to" because sometimes I questioned whether this dramatic opening event truly impacted the family's subsequent decisions and changes. I felt that most of it was probably coming anyway. But, the boy does keep the story focused and also draws together the larger community, in a way.

The three siblings are teenagers who are finding love, discovering that their parents are real people who make real mistakes, and the youngest, who is adopted, begins searching for his birth mother. While I didn't particularly connect to the individual characters, I did think the book worked well as a whole.

Though this wasn't a stand-out book, I did enjoy it and would recommend. ( )
  japaul22 | Aug 24, 2021 |
Reads like a beautiful fable, but I thought the language was overwrought in many places, and I wondered if the author had been around teenagers recently. ( )
  jalbacutler | Aug 5, 2021 |
In This Novel, a Grisly Discovery Leads to Self-Discovery....In the broadest sense, Margot Livesey’s exquisite novel “The Boy in the Field” is a whodunit...But the real mysteries lie elsewhere, specifically and most compellingly with the characters who are witnesses to the crime....Livesey’s writing is quiet, observant and beautifully efficient — there’s not an extra word or scene in the entire book — and yet simultaneously so cinematic, you can hear the orchestral soundtrack as you tear through the pages ...
 
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