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Mothering Sunday : a romance av Graham Swift
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Mothering Sunday : a romance (urspr publ 2016; utgåvan 2016)

av Graham Swift

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"From the Booker Award winner: a luminous, profoundly moving work of fiction that begins with an afternoon tryst in 1924 between a servant girl and the young man of the neighboring house, but then opens to reveal the whole life of a remarkable woman. Twenty-two-year-old Jane Fairchild, orphaned at birth, has worked as a maid at one English country estate since she was sixteen. And for almost all of those years she has been the secret lover to Paul Sheringham, the scion of the estate next door. On an unseasonably warm March afternoon, Jane and Paul will make love for the last time--though not, as Jane believes, because Paul is about to be married--and the events of the day will alter Jane's life forever. As the narrative moves back and forth from 1924 to the end of the century, what we know and understand about Jane--about the way she loves, thinks, feels, sees, remembers--deepens with every beautifully wrought moment. Her story is one of profound self-discovery and through her, Graham Swift has created an emotionally soaring and deeply affecting work of fiction"--… (mer)
Medlem:Paul_Couchman
Titel:Mothering Sunday : a romance
Författare:Graham Swift
Info:London : Scribner, 2016.
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Mothering Sunday av Graham Swift (2016)

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A story that can be encapsulated in a paragraph; the writer's art allows the story to be spun out to novella length; and you wonder all the while if there's enough substance here to counteract the centrifugal force trying to push everything beyond breaking point as the story spins around its axis of a single incident. It holds together - just. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Sep 10, 2021 |
Quite superb writing: it's Mothering Sunday, 1924. As the servants are sent off to visit their mothers, and the local gentry meet up for lunch out, to celebrate a forthcoming mariage....the bridegroom to-be is taking advantage of the empty house to entertain a young housemaid he's been seeing....
How this all pans out is a part of it....But there is, throughout, a sense of looking back; of the housemaid, many years on, considering this...and her subsequent life.
Stylish, sophisticated, stunning! ( )
1 rösta starbox | May 19, 2021 |
Sometimes I have bought a book because of the cover. This was the case with Mothering Sunday. Also because it was small, almost a novella. I bought it at an airport, waiting for a flight connection. I finished it in a few hours, before the plane had landed at home.

I have been having trouble reading lately. It is quite surprising really, as reading has been a constant in my life for as long as I can remember; a defining quality of my persona. But, for reasons I can not figure out, for the past months, maybe even a couple of years, books have stopped attracting me. I have become one of those persons that is afraid of connecting too much with a story, of feeling too emphatic to human suffering. I have already suggested somewhere else on a different review that it is the current state of world affairs that is to blame for this, and I believe that for a large degree it is.

However, I had hours to kill and the copies of mystery fiction that I have selected in the recent past did not attract me. I chose this book because of size, as I already was carrying a lot of stuff with me, but more than anything because I liked the cover. I am so glad I did.

Thank you, Graham Swift. This book has provided me with the best reading experience I had in months. The writing was sensual and elegant. ( )
1 rösta RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
The story bounces between the memories of an old woman who is a successful writer, her thoughts on writing and a younger version of her living through one of her formative experiences, the romance that probably helped her move towards writing. I am not sure whether I like the book or not. The main character is interesting, and she is definitely making the best out of her situation, but there is that bitter aftertaste of how the romance happens. ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
You know this guy, Waterland and Last Orders. His writing is beautiful, soft and evocative of late summer afternoons and long ago memories. You can read it and hear the voice of Jeremy Irons. It is a tale of love and seduction and class. It is a memoir, it is a beautiful recollection of a moment in time, somehow crystallised. You must find the time somewhere to read this. ( )
1 rösta Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
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Graham Swift's slim, incantatory new book is one of those deceptively spare tales (like Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending) that punch well above their weight. Mothering Sunday, more novella than novel, zeroes in on a time of seismic change in English society and a turning point in the life of a woman who against all odds becomes a famous author.
 
Mothering Sunday is a powerful, philosophical and exquisitely observed novel about the lives we lead, and the parallel lives – the parallel stories – we can never know: “All the scenes. All the scenes that never occur, but wait in the wings of possibility.”

It may just be Swift’s best novel yet.
 
Comparisons will be made with Ian McEwan’s controversially Booker-shortlisted On Chesil Beach, at 166 pages marginally longer than Mothering Sunday. Both narratives share the focus on a single pivotal moment and its consequences, on intimacy as hazardous territory, on Englishness and on the unknowableness of others. But where On Chesil Beach feels like a meditation under a low grey sky, Mothering Sunday is bathed in light; and even when tragedy strikes, it blazes irresistibly.
 

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Once upon a time before the boys were killed and when there were more horses than cars, before the male servants disappeared and they made do, at Upleigh and at Beechwood, with just a cook and a maid, the Sheringhams had owned not just four horses in their own stable, but what might be called a "real horse," a race horse, a thoroughbred.
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And what if orphans really were called orchids? And if the sky was called the ground. And if a tree was called a daffodil. Would it make any difference to the actual nature of things? Or their mystery?
We are all fuel. We are born, and we burn, some of us more quickly than others. There are different kinds of combustion. But not to burn, never to catch fire at all, that would be the sad life, wouldn't it?
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"From the Booker Award winner: a luminous, profoundly moving work of fiction that begins with an afternoon tryst in 1924 between a servant girl and the young man of the neighboring house, but then opens to reveal the whole life of a remarkable woman. Twenty-two-year-old Jane Fairchild, orphaned at birth, has worked as a maid at one English country estate since she was sixteen. And for almost all of those years she has been the secret lover to Paul Sheringham, the scion of the estate next door. On an unseasonably warm March afternoon, Jane and Paul will make love for the last time--though not, as Jane believes, because Paul is about to be married--and the events of the day will alter Jane's life forever. As the narrative moves back and forth from 1924 to the end of the century, what we know and understand about Jane--about the way she loves, thinks, feels, sees, remembers--deepens with every beautifully wrought moment. Her story is one of profound self-discovery and through her, Graham Swift has created an emotionally soaring and deeply affecting work of fiction"--

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