Family Album

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Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

4.1
(17)

Language: English | Number of Pages: 272 | Format: Paperback | In other languages: (other languages) Portuguese , German

Isbn-10: 0141041226 | Isbn-13: 9780141041223 | Publish date: 

Also available as: Hardcover , eBook , Others , Audio CD

Category: Fiction & Literature

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Book Description
"Family Album" is the sixteenth novel from Booker Prize winner Penelope Lively. Allersmead is a big shabby Victorian suburban house. The perfect place to grow up for elegant Sandra, difficult Gina, destructive Paul, considerate Katie, clever Roger and flighty Clare. But was it? As adults, the children return to Allersmead one by one. To their home-making mother and aloof writer father, and a house that for years has played silent witness to a family's secrets. And one devastating secret of which no one speaks..."One of those ridiculously simple, ridiculously readable novels whose artistry only becomes apparent when you put it down with a sign of regret, having devoured it in one sitting...Lively still displays an economy and an elegance that put younger writers to shame". ("Sunday Telegraph"). "A pleasure to read, hugely enjoyable, consistently absorbing, hilarious". ("Independent"). Penelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels and short-story collections for both adults and children. She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize: once in 1977 for her first novel, "The Road to Lichfield", and again in 1984 for "According to Mark".
She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel "Moon Tiger". Her other books include "Going Back"; "Judgement Day"; "Next to Nature, Art"; "Perfect Happiness"; "Passing On"; "City of the Mind"; "Cleopatra's Sister"; "Heat Wave"; "Beyond the Blue Mountains", a collection of short stories; "Oleander, Jacaranda", a memoir of her childhood days in Egypt; "Spiderweb"; her autobiographical work, "A House Unlocked"; "The Photograph"; "Making It Up"; "Consequences"; "Family Album", which was shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Novel Award, and "How It All Began". She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award. She was appointed CBE in the 2001 New Year's Honours List, and DBE in 2012. Penelope Lively lives in London.
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    La storia di una famiglia insolita raccontata con descrizioni di un luogo, un evento, una persona, come immagini prese a caso da un album di famiglia: questo in breve il contenuto di questo romanzo. N ...continue

    La storia di una famiglia insolita raccontata con descrizioni di un luogo, un evento, una persona, come immagini prese a caso da un album di famiglia: questo in breve il contenuto di questo romanzo. Non una grande storia avvincente (anche se non manca qualche sorpresa!), solo piccole storie “normali”. Una scrittura affascinante, che conquista con la descrizione anche solo di un momento, di un sentimento, un’esperienza. Una lettura che mi ha incuriosito riguardo alla sua autrice: penso che leggerò altro di Penelope Lively!
    http://www.naufragio.it/iltempodileggere/19579

    The story of an unusual family told with descriptions of a place, an event, a person, like random pictures from a family album. This is in short the content of this novel. Not a big, engaging story (though there are some surprises!), only little, "normal" stories. A fascinating writing, that conquers even with just the description of a single moment, a feeling, an experience. A reading that made me curious about this author: I think I'll read more by Penelope Lively!

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  • 5

    The story of a house and/or a family. Not a family saga, but a series of snapshots, memories, different points of view that show how a common past differs in different people's recollections. Especia ...continue

    The story of a house and/or a family. Not a family saga, but a series of snapshots, memories, different points of view that show how a common past differs in different people's recollections. Especially noteworthy is the attempt to see the parents and their behaviour/motivations through the grown up children's eyes.

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  • 4

    Poignant story of a house and a big family, this novel simply captured me offering me also the opportunity to ponder about my own family experience and other topical issues

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  • 5

    Al di là della _meravigliosa_ copertina Family Album ha il pregio di raccontare la vita di una famiglia numerosa nella casa edoardiana di Allersmead, e lo fa da diverse prospettive che dal futuro guar ...continue

    Al di là della _meravigliosa_ copertina Family Album ha il pregio di raccontare la vita di una famiglia numerosa nella casa edoardiana di Allersmead, e lo fa da diverse prospettive che dal futuro guardano un passato che risulta così caleidoscopico, ambiguo e interpretabile.

    http://robertabookshelf.blogspot.com/2011/09/recensione-131-family-album.html

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  • 4

    Un inglese colloquiale, limpido e scorrevole. Una ordinaria famiglia inglese. Le inquietudini nascoste emergono
    piano piano, generano dissapori. Tutto sembra superficiale, ma le gocce scavano antri.
    R ...continue

    Un inglese colloquiale, limpido e scorrevole. Una ordinaria famiglia inglese. Le inquietudini nascoste emergono
    piano piano, generano dissapori. Tutto sembra superficiale, ma le gocce scavano antri.
    Ricorda le narrazioni di vita quotidiana inquieta della Natalia Ginzburg.
    Sembra facile scrivere un romanzo simile, fatto di tanti personaggi, ma alla fine l'orrore della vita emerge con un sorriso amaro e lascia un segno nel lettore.

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