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Rose Tremain

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Rose Tremain was born in London, England on August 2, 1943. She has written several novels including The Way I Found Her, Merivel: A Man of His Time, and The American Lover. Restoration was adapted into a movie in 1995 and a stage production in 2009. She has won numerous awards including the James visa mer Tait Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger for Sacred Country, the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award for Music and Silence, and the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2008 for The Road Home. She was made a CBE in 2007. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre


Verk av Rose Tremain

The Road Home (2007) 1,433 exemplar
Musik & tystnad (1999) 1,354 exemplar
The Colour (2003) 1,065 exemplar
Trespass (2010) 801 exemplar
The Gustav Sonata (2016) 595 exemplar
Sacred Country (1992) 472 exemplar
The Way I Found Her (1997) 464 exemplar
Merivel: A Man of His Time (2012) 323 exemplar
The Swimming Pool Season (1985) 142 exemplar
The American Lover (2015) 127 exemplar
Lily: A Tale of Revenge (2021) 125 exemplar
The Darkness of Wallis Simpson (2005) 110 exemplar
Islands of Mercy (2020) 105 exemplar
The Cupboard (1981) 100 exemplar
Sadler's Birthday (1976) 63 exemplar
Letter to Sister Benedicta (1978) 54 exemplar
Stalin (1975) 29 exemplar
The Kite Flyer (1996) 17 exemplar
Absolutely and Forever (2023) 14 exemplar
BP Portrait Award 2010 (2010) 10 exemplar
Friendship (2018) 10 exemplar
Wildtrack: And Other Stories (2010) 4 exemplar
Collected Short Stories (1996) 3 exemplar
The Jester of Astapovo (2009) 2 exemplar
Ricky [2009 film] (2011) — Screenwriter — 2 exemplar

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Flicka med pärlörhänge (1999) — Förord, vissa utgåvor17,038 exemplar
The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1989) — Bidragsgivare — 423 exemplar
The Oxford Book of English Short Stories (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 186 exemplar
In Another Part of the Forest: An Anthology of Gay Short Fiction (1994) — Bidragsgivare — 174 exemplar
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Bidragsgivare — 99 exemplar
Granta 7: Best of Young British Novelists (1983) — Bidragsgivare — 91 exemplar
Ox-Tales: Earth (2009) — Bidragsgivare — 86 exemplar
Granta 120: Medicine (2012) — Bidragsgivare — 82 exemplar
The Guardian Review Book of Short Stories (2011) — Författare — 50 exemplar
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Bidragsgivare — 32 exemplar
Restoration [1995 film] (1934) — Original novel — 28 exemplar
The National Short Story Prize 2006 (2006) — Bidragsgivare — 18 exemplar
Good Housekeeping Short Story Collection (1997) — Bidragsgivare — 15 exemplar
Best Short Stories 1991 (1991) — Bidragsgivare — 15 exemplar
A Distant Cry: Stories from East Anglia (2002) — Bidragsgivare — 11 exemplar
Seven Deadly Sins: A Collection of New Fiction (1985) — Bidragsgivare — 1 exemplar


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Group Read, February 2019: The Colour i 1001 Books to read before you die (mars 2019)


I read two articles this week that impacted on how I thought about the latest book from Rose Tremain.

The first was a call from Salman Rushdie to allow writers to create characters outside of their own experience. You can read it here: suffice to say that I agree with him. You cannot write (or read) about the complexities of life in a world full of diversity if these barriers are imposed on authors. My only caveat is that readers and writers should, IMO, read as widely as possible from a diversity of authors too.

The second article was from 2022: John Banville asserting in an interview that there has been a creeping retreat into infantilism. You can read it here but essentially he is concerned about two things: one is that readers don't seem to want difficult books now.
A friend said to me: “You see supposedly grownup people on the train unashamedly reading Harry Potter books; they should be reading grownup books, not children’s books!”

He makes the point that the escapism that children enjoy is one thing, but that the escape you get from art isn’t away from the world but into an infinitely wider one – into life.

Banville also says that his generation tried to address the question of being:
Fiction writers in Ireland now seem just to be writing about their immediate lives and the lives of their friends. That wasn’t the point at all for my generation; we were interested in what people are, not what they do.

What has any of this got to do with Rose Tremain's latest novella? It's the story of Marianne Clifford reflecting as the years pass on the way she nurtures her obsession with her first (failed) love. It's gently nostalgic, and it's (just bearably) narcissistic. It's set in 1960s upper middle-class Chelsea, where the Windrush generation is nowhere in sight and if gays are in the closet nobody opens the doors. The characters have names like Simon and Hugo; Rowena, Cordelia and Petronella a.k.a. Pet. They have horses called Mirabelle and Marvin.

Now, I like Rose Tremain's novels. I like her interest in exploitation (The Road Home, 2007); moral dilemmas (The Gustav Sonata, 2016); intolerance (Islands of Mercy, 2020); vengeance (Lily, a Tale of Revenge, 2021); and inequity (Merivel, a Man of His Time, 2012).

But while Absolutely and Forever is a mildly interesting story that takes us back to our younger selves — that first mad passion, that first broken heart — it's still a disappointment. Salman Rushdie's cautionary words about limiting the palette only to what the author knows, and John Banville's disdain for infantilism seem only too apt to me.

I had some hope for the novel on pages 46-7, when Marianne recounts an episode at school...

To read the rest of my review please visit
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anzlitlovers | Oct 25, 2023 |
Roman étonnant et passionnant, avec une pointe d'humour anglais... impossible de lâcher cette histoire pas tout à fait vraisemblable, mais quel régal ! Ce n'est pas de la grande littérature, mais l'important c'est le plaisir que ce livre m'a donné.
pangee | 5 andra recensioner | Oct 24, 2023 |



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