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Olled The Road to Lichfield is a subtle exploration of memory and identity of chance and conseuence of the intricate weave of generations across a past never fully known a future never fully anticipate I ve become an avid Penelope Lively fan and I dived into this one It was like diving into cool translucent water on a hot day so lucid the prose so calm and unhurried the plot so careful the nudges towards a theme This is known territory middle class middle life middle England Sounds tedious and parochial What saves it is Lively s understanding of what I m going to be daring pretentious and call the psychic infrastructure of her chosen subject This could never be called a Big Novel but its virtue is in its small scale Anne Linton a history teacher drives to Lichfield to visit her dying father over the course of a year gets involved in a conservation project falls in love and reflects on personal and textbook history There are moments of humour sadness and insight The situation at the end of the novel is very subtly different from the situation at the beginning It is Lively s gift that she can take you on this uiet journey with absolute assurance wit and compassion

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The Road to Lichfield

In The Road to Lichfield Penelope Lively explores the nature of history and memory as it is embodied in the life of a forty year old woman The Road ePUB #9734 Anne Linton who unexpectedly learns that h I discovered Penelope Lively about a month ago with her Booker Prize winning Moon Tiger I devoured it not once but twice in a one month period and I can t wait to consume it again It is a novel which will stay with me until death or dementia I did not enjoy The Road to Lichfield uite as well The writing is still exceptional and it s better than most of what s out there Ms Lively does not waste a reader s time she always offers you the meat not the fat and when you hit the bone marrow your teeth chatter you start to shudder and sometimes you can t uite stop Lively wrote this story in her mid forties back in 1977 and it is incredibly remarkably modern Nothing about it feels dated except when she mentions the prices of things the new lavish home for thirty five thousand Okay maybe a few things have changedHowever what hasn t changed is mid life Mid life It will always be the same despite the century A time of change frustration sick and dying parents career boredom marital angst and teenaged children who find you out of date And all of this written in a very disturbing very accurate and upsetting way It s hard to recommend a book which may provoke you to have an extramarital affair uit your career or leave your family for Paris This novel carries the transportative power of Kate Chopin s The Awakening As in one page and you ve abandoned your children you re naked and you re headed out to seaThis is a dangerous and often depressing novel Consider yourself warned

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Er father had a mistress With this new knowledge Linton must now examine the realities of her own life of her childhood her husband and ask What do they really know of her Deeply felt beautifully contr I really like Penelope Lively I ve read several of her books and there s always good plotting and characterizations I care about her people because they are normal by which I guess I mean a lot like me She puts them in situations that are recognizable and lets them figure it out for themselves They almost always do the right thing which can be different for everyone I needed a down to earth sensible novel and this was on my shelf so I plucked it outWhat I didn t realize was that this was her first novel It was every bit as accomplished and well written as her later ones without the awkward phrasing and logistical problems you see in some first novels Written in 1977 it is still relevant and undated as we are still dealing with aging dying parents sarcastic moody teen agers and marriages that have gone stale Some things never change35 stars rounded up to 4 because it s Penelope Lively


10 thoughts on “The Road to Lichfield

  1. says:

    I discovered Penelope Lively about a month ago with her Booker Prize winning Moon Tiger I devoured it not once but twice in a one month period and I can't wait to consume it again It is a novel which will stay with me until

  2. says:

    I’ve lavished praise on Penelope Lively in the past but I can’t think of anything positive to say about this A

  3. says:

    This was Penelope Lively's first novel for adults and it was shortlisted for the 1977 Booker Prize which was won that year by Paul Scott's Staying On As always Lively's writing is intelligent and perceptive even if the plot is rather slightThe story is told me an omniscient narrator but occasionally slips into the first person At its centre is Annie who travels from her home in Berkshire to the home in Dr Johnson's ho

  4. says:

    Like a fine wine subtle and nuanced Pure pleasure with a long finishI had read that this was Dame Penelope's first novel which continued to astound as I read in view of the tight control of pace and voice But it

  5. says:

    I really like Penelope Lively I've read several of her books and there's always good plotting and characterizations I care about her people because they are normal by which I guess I mean a lot like me She puts them in situations that are recognizable and lets them figure it out for themselves They almost always do the right thing w

  6. says:

    I really enjoyed this The writing style was great the theme of history and the past very interesting and its exploration of family and marriage very well done

  7. says:

    I've read a number of Penelope Lively's novels including her best known children's novels The Ghost of Thomas Kempe and The House at Norham Gardens and there is a consistency in her themes no matter what setting or time period she chooses She is interested in time in the past in the concept of history how it impacts us how

  8. says:

    I've become an avid Penelope Lively fan and I dived into this one It was like diving into cool translucent water on a hot day so lucid the prose so calm and unhurried the plot so careful the nudges towards a theme This is known territory middle class middle life middle England Sounds tedious and parochial What saves it is Lively's understanding of what I'm going to be daring #pretentious and call the 'psychic infrastru

  9. says:

    I've been on a recent Penelope Lively binge She's my version of Maeve Binchy Better writer easy to get caught up in her stories I like her fema

  10. says:

    A typically English novel but while I was reading it I felt reminded of many situations in my own life The lack of emotionpassion is remarkable and captures intentionally I am not sure how foreigners especially the French are traditionally port