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Consequences, Penelope Lively

Label
Consequences
Title
Consequences
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Penelope Lively
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Language
eng
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Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ British writer Lively is a superb stylist inspired by a curiosity about history that only empathy and the imagination can illuminate. The historical event around which this judiciously crafted family saga revolves is the chaotic Battle of Crete, in 1941, which resulted in an Allied defeat, and, in Livelys sensitive rendering, the death of her artist hero. Matt, of modest rural roots, happens upon Lorna, desperate to escape her smothering upper-class existence, in Londons St. James Park. Like characters in a Greek myth, they are instantly transformed by love and find paradise in a Somerset cottage. But after Matt is killed, Lorna cant bear to stay there. Instead, she and her daughter find sanctuary in London with generous and bohemian Lucas. Lively neatly contrasts conventional and unconventional lives, considers the ironies of womanhood and the pitfalls of marriage, and celebrates creative endeavors. Her characters are beguiling, and her blend of romance and stinging social commentary is tonic. A more accurate title for Livelys astute episodic novel might be Accidents, of which there are many, both tragic and joyous, in recognition of just how fragile and capricious life is. -- Donna Seaman (Reviewed 04-15-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 16, p34)
  • Booker and Whitbread prize–winner Lively begins her 14th novel, a multigenerational love story, in a London park in 1935, ends it nearly 70 years later after covering several lifetimes of love and heartbreak. The story starts when Lorna Bradley and Matt Faraday meet in St. James Park; they are instantly drawn to one another despite her upper-crust upbringing and Matt's "tradesman" profession. After their marriage, they settle in the country where Matt works as an engraver and Lorna fulfills her domestic role as a wife and mother to their daughter, Molly. It is an idyllic situation until Matt is drafted and sent to Egypt, where he is killed in action. Lorna and young Molly relocate to London, and Lorna works with Matt's friend Lucas at his small printing press. Predictably, Lucas and Lorna marry, but she dies giving birth to Simon. The narrative diverges as grown-up Molly finds employment as a library assistant and has an affair with a wealthy man who fathers her child, Ruth. Grown and with children of her own, Ruth's curiosity about her ancestors sends her on a journey that brings the novel full circle. Lively (A Stitch in Time ; Moon Tiger ) has crafted a fine novel: intricate, heartbreaking and redemptive. (June) --Staff (Reviewed March 19, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 12, p36)
  • This new novel by award-winning British author Lively (Moon Tiger ) begins in the 1930s as Londoners Lorna and Matt meet, marry, and move into a rural English cottage, where daughter Molly is born. When Matt dies in battle during World War II, the shattered Lorna moves back to London to live with Lucas, Matt's business partner and friend. When subsequent loss occurs, the narrative shifts to Molly, now a smart, independent young woman looking out for her younger brother and stepfather while making her way in the working world. Later, as Molly negotiates midlife, the narrative shifts again, settling on Molly's daughter, Ruth, a journalist who is married with two children and yet yearns for happiness. Both in linear progression and through the resonance of past and present, this story pulls the reader along with captivating characters whose lives seem achingly familiar. Additionally, the story has a subtle thread about how family legacy can deepen one's perception and appreciation of life. Recommended for both public and academic libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/07.]—Maureen Neville, Trenton P.L. --Maureen Neville (Reviewed April 15, 2007) (Library Journal, vol 132, issue 7, p74)
  • Three generations of independent women in a single family are fortunate enough to meet the loves of their lives.Applying her gift for seamless and addictive prose to matters of the heart, the Booker Prize–winning British writer's 17th novel (Making It Up, 2005, etc.) is a well-crafted, soft-centered object lesson in the random yet unique business of meeting Mr. Right. Well-bred Lorna Bradley bumps into gifted wood-engraver Matt Faraday in London's St. James's Park in 1935 and marries him against her snobby parents' wishes. A few brief years of idyllic happiness—including the birth of daughter Molly—ensue, in a picturesque but unmodernized cottage in Somerset before World War II intervenes, eventually claiming the life of Matt in Crete. Heartbroken, Lorna turns to printer and family friend Lucas, later marries him but dies giving birth to their son. Molly grows up self-reliant and refuses to marry her wealthy publisher lover, even after becoming pregnant by him. She doesn't meet her own romantic destiny—poet Sam—until many years later, at a literary festival. Her daughter Ruth, a journalist, makes a conventional marriage to Peter but falls out of love with him as the years go by and eventually ends up with academic and writer Brian, back in the idyllic country cottage (now modernized) where her grandfather's mural of the dance of life still graces the bedroom wall. Moving at a cracking pace, Lively never strays too far from her themes of love and literature, words and pictures, lighting up the narrative with flashes of historical detail. Intelligent escapism: Although grounded by social history, this novel has its head in the fairy-tale clouds, where good things always await. (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
164247
Cataloging source
DOV
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1933-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lively, Penelope
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6062.I89
LC item number
C58 2007b
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • War and families
  • Great Britain
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
Consequences, Penelope Lively
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Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
641536
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
258 pages
Isbn
9780670038565
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007297882
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780670038565
  • (OCoLC)85846913
Label
Consequences, Penelope Lively
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
641536
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
258 pages
Isbn
9780670038565
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007297882
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780670038565
  • (OCoLC)85846913

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