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Family Album: A Novel von Penelope Lively
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Family Album: A Novel (Original 2009; 2010. Auflage)

von Penelope Lively (Autor)

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All Alison ever wanted was a blissful childhood for her six children, with summers at the beach and birthday parties on the lawn at their family home. Together with Ingrid, the family au pair, she has worked hard to create a real old-fashioned family life. But beneath its postcard sheen, the picture is clouded by a distant father, Alison's inexplicable emotional outbursts, and long-repressed secrets that no one dares mention.… (mehr)
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Titel:Family Album: A Novel
Autoren:Penelope Lively (Autor)
Info:Penguin Books (2010), Edition: Reprint, 240 pages
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Family Album von Penelope Lively (2009)

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Well observed, well captured, wittily recounted. ( )
  DougLasT | Apr 27, 2020 |
Okay, perhaps five stars because this book was so ridiculously timely, what with me lately thinking about family and memory and the fantastic oddity of life. But five stars it is because for me, this book truly was Amazing.

I don't know how I'd even begin to describe Family Album, except to say that it really is rather like being privy to the meandering memories that pass through the minds of family members as they are gathered to flip through the family photo album. But that really isn't quite right at all, so perhaps I'd talk about Penelope Lively's amazing use of punctuation and sentence structure, and her gloriously diverse vocabulary. I had to use my dictionary quite a few times and that's a rarity for me. Meanings were always quite clear from context, and mostly I was intrigued by how certain words were employed, but there were also a few distinctly British words unfamiliar to me. Hurray for that!

If you have a family, or know any families, and you like words, and you like thinking about families and words - and memories - read this book. And if you have lots of siblings, read this book...and then call me up so we can sit down and talk about it. (And that invitation even includes my sisters.)
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  Kim_Sasso | Mar 14, 2018 |
Una famiglia, i suoi ricordi, la casa con angolini e ambienti legati a vecchie consuetudini. Il posto perfetto è questa villa edoardiana dove i figli ormai adulti si ritrovano portando con se segreti e sentimenti sospesi. Narrazione lenta, scarsa profondità nella costruzione dei personaggi e sopra ogni cosa deludente l'intreccio. ( )
  cometahalley | Jan 4, 2018 |
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  pgchuis | Sep 26, 2017 |
Penelope Lively is one of my favorite authors, and this novel did not disappoint. Gina, the oldest daughter of Alison & Charles, brings her partner Philip to meet her parents and stay the weekend at her childhood home, Allersmead. Philip, an only child, is fascinated by Gina and her five siblings, and begins to draw stories out of her. It’s obvious Gina’s family has more than its share of dysfunction, but most of it is masked until Lively expertly reveals a detail, and until those details start to add up and connect. As each family member’s character is developed, Lively shows how the same incident can affect each person in radically different ways. And of course there was a huge family secret which was a constant, unspoken presence which everyone pretended to ignore.

This was an excellent character study with a few “aha moments” in the storyline, making for a quick and satisfying read. ( )
  lauralkeet | Jul 1, 2017 |
In 16 distinct chapters, from various, smoothly spliced points of view, Lively moves back and forth through the family's history, filling in events that explain apparently casual references....

The success of these chapters is uneven, but several of them are brilliant, full of glancing humor and spot-on truths about the way families maintain the peace through a process of willful ignorance and disciplined forgetfulness.
hinzugefügt von zhejw | bearbeitenWashington Post, Ron Charles (Nov 18, 2009)
 
Lively immediately plunges us into an entirely convincing world of bustling family life, yet at the same time keeps her distance with lethally sharp observations, and a tendency to watch more effectively than to inhabit. The novel follows no linear progression and has little plot: it swirls between memories, hints, and snapshots of later life, yet it is unflaggingly compelling....

Family Album manages to intrigue and delight, and to keep the reader captivated, racing along without obvious direction but with a very tight sense of purpose. The narrative is distanced to an extreme degree: we are reading an anthropological study of the English middle classes from the 1970s to the present, their traditions and tribal habits causing winces of delighted, uncomfortable recognition.
hinzugefügt von zhejw | bearbeitenThe Guardian, Joanna Briscoe (Aug 8, 2009)
 
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All Alison ever wanted was a blissful childhood for her six children, with summers at the beach and birthday parties on the lawn at their family home. Together with Ingrid, the family au pair, she has worked hard to create a real old-fashioned family life. But beneath its postcard sheen, the picture is clouded by a distant father, Alison's inexplicable emotional outbursts, and long-repressed secrets that no one dares mention.

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