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  • Title: Still Life
  • Author: A.S. Byatt
  • ISBN: 9780020178552
  • Page: 442
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  1. A.S. Byatt

    A.S Byatt Antonia Susan Byatt is internationally known for her novels and short stories Her novels include the Booker Prize winner Possession, The Biographer s Tale and the quartet, The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman, and her highly acclaimed collections of short stories include Sugar and Other Stories, The Matisse Stories, The Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye, Elementals and her most recent book Little Black Book of Stories A distinguished critic as well as a writer of fiction, A S Byatt was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999ATT, Dame Antonia Susan , Dame Antonia Duffy , DBE 1999 CBE 1990 FRSL 1983 Chevalier de l Ordre des Arts et des Lettres France , 2003 , writer born 24 Aug 1936 Daughter of His Honour John Frederick Drabble, QC and late Kathleen Marie BloorByatt has famously been engaged in a long running feud with her novelist sister, Margaret Drabble, over the alleged appropriation of a family tea set in one of her novels The pair seldom see each other and each does not read the books of the other.Married1st, 1959, Ian Charles Rayner Byatt Sir I C R Byatt marriage dissolved 1969 one daughter one son deceased 2nd, 1969, Peter John Duffy two daughters.EducationSheffield High School The Mount School, York Newnham College, Cambridge BA Hons Hon Fellow 1999 Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, USA Somerville College, Oxford.Academic Honours Hon Fellow, London Inst 2000 Fellow UCL, 2004Hon DLitt Bradford, 1987 DUniv York, 1991 Durham, 1991 Nottingham, 1992 Liverpool, 1993 Portsmouth, 1994 London, 1995 Sheffield, 2000 Kent 2004 Hon LittD Cambridge, 1999PrizesThe PEN Macmillan Silver Pen Of Fiction prize, 1986 for STILL LIFEThe Booker Prize, 1990, for POSSESSIONIrish Times Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize, 1990 for POSSESSIONThe Eurasian section of Best Book in Commonwealth Prize, 1991 for POSSESSIONPremio Malaparte, Capri, 1995 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, California, 1998 for THE DJINN IN THE NIGHTINGALE S EYEShakespeare Prize, Toepfer Foundation, Hamburg, 2002 Publications The Shadow of the Sun, 1964 Degrees of Freedom, 1965 reprinted as Degrees of Freedom the early novels of Iris Murdoch, 1994 The Game, 1967 Wordsworth and Coleridge in their Time, 1970 reprinted as Unruly Times Wordsworth and Coleridge in their Time, 1989 Iris Murdoch 1976The Virgin in the Garden, 1978 GEORGE ELIOT Selected Essays, Poems and Other Writings , 1979 editor Still Life, 1985Sugar and Other Stories, 1987 George Eliot selected essays, 1989 editor Possession a romance, 1990Robert Browning s Dramatic Monologues, 1990 editor Passions of the Mind, essays , 1991 Angels and Insects novellae ,1992The Matisse Stories short stories ,1993 The Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye five fairy stories, 1994Imagining Characters, 1995 joint editor New Writing 4, 1995 joint editor Babel Tower, 1996 New Writing 6, 1997 joint editor The Oxford Book of English Short Stories, 1998 editor Elementals Stories of fire and ice short stories , 1998 The Biographer s Tale, 2000 On Histories and Stories essays , 2000 Portraits in Fiction, 2001 The Bird Hand Book, 2001 Photographs by Victor Schrager Text By AS Byatt A Whistling Woman, 2002Little

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  1. bbc programmes b007jsk8Description Frederica Potter, doomed to be intelligent , plunges into Cambridge University life greedy for knowledge, sex and love In Yorkshire her sister Stephanie has abandoned academe for the cosy frustration of the family Alexander Wedderburn, now in London, struggles to make a play about Van Gogh, whose art and tragic life give the novel its central leitmotiv.In this sequel to her much praised The Virgin in the Garden, and the second in a magnificent quartet, A S Byat [...]


  2. A Free WomanLa casualit degli incroci di letture mi ha portato a finire la seconda lettura di questa Still Life proprio mentre iniziavo per la prima volta The Golden Notebook di Doris Lessing E cos ho scoperto che questa fine e questo inizio sono entrambi ambientati in Inghilterra precisamente nello stesso periodo, nella seconda met degli anni Cinquanta e almeno in parte nello stesso ambiente intellettuale.Il romanzo portante dei taccuini di Doris Lessing si intitola Free Women e inscena donne d [...]


  3. This is a novel that made me cringe time after time, and yet I am compelled to say I loved it not as much as The Virgin in the Garden, perhaps, and not as much as Possession, but it still is very impressive.Be warned there s of the authorial voice in this part, which may seem a little intrusive there are the little lectures on plant life Marius new hobby , which may seem redundant, but are beautiful, too The English elm propagates itself underground, and was probably imported by Stone Age tribe [...]


  4. The organizer of the book club I d recently joined chose this for the group to read, citing it as one of her favorite novels read during the one year of an aborted Master s in literature that she managed to bring up at least twice per meeting I got this book out of the library A few days later, I quit the book club A few weeks later, the book club disbanded.Just saying.


  5. From BBC Radio 4 Extra 9 30 The parents are upset when Frederica prepares to leave home and Marcus goes to live with his sister 10 30 Frederica leaves for the south of France, while Stephanie and Daniel are celebrating.11 30 Marcus visits his new nephew, Frederica assesses Cambridge men and lively new vicar, Gideon arrives.12 30 Stephanie escapes from her nagging mother in law and leaves Marcus to care for her baby 13 30 Frederica discovers Raphael, Stephanie s baby, is on its way, but what is G [...]


  6. The length of this novel is not one of its virtues Narrative flourish and verbal excess wage a constant battle with the reading mind I m tempted to speak of Proust, whose lost time seems to offer itself as a key source of Byatt s anxiety of influence Or Van Gogh, whose canvases haunt Byatt s imagination and prick the eyes of our memory, withdrawing their meaning into the lushness of words Or, indeed, the metafictional passages of authorial self reflection unnecessary and tedious, for the most pa [...]


  7. Wow, what a ride Byatt s wonderfully erudite voice left me flabbergasted I will definitely have to read The Virgin in the Garden once again in the future as the fact that I could not connect to it definitely had to do with my mood, not the writing This second volume of The Frederica Quartet is simply splendid It was a wonderful delight for all my senses Hats off to Dame Byatt once again


  8. Why is Possession so delightful and full of movement, when so many of Byatt s other books are depressing, disturbing, and slow I have not quite finished this yet, but I keep wondering when does something happen When do I get to care about the characters Still, it s not entirely without merit the family dynamic between the Potter and Orton sides of the family is beautifully drawn, as are some lovely questions about the nature of color and its relationship to art But I expected to be wowed by this [...]


  9. I agree with the blurb from Anthony Burgess on the back cover We are in the presence of a remarkable intelligencee allusiveness of this book is part of its strength, but the primal strength derives from the courage of the clear eye and an almost frightening compassion I first read this about 25 years ago, and while I was amazed and impressed, I was also intimidated by that very allusiveness Burgess mentions Now I m better read and I can deal with it with success I recognize Milton when, talking [...]


  10. Byatt is my all time favorite author Not done with this one yet, but can tell this will be another favorite, up there with Virgin in the Garden and Possession Frederica returns from Virgin and is now established as my favorite character ever I m particularly loving Still Life because of Byatt s questioning of whether language is even adequate enough to depict our tangible world Yet we treat it as an absolute The Van Goghs, the ants wouldn t be a Byatt book without some exploration in explicit, s [...]


  11. This was my second reading After rereading The Virgin in the Garden for a book group, I vowed to read the whole quartet again This one I think I liked than the first reading.It continues the story centered on the Potter family in the 1950ies Stephanie has married the clergyman, Daniel, and is soon pregnant She s acutely aware as she goes through her pregnancy of how much what is expected of her has shifted She was a brilliant student, got a good Cambridge degree even though she d chosen to go h [...]


  12. Still Life picks up right where The Virgin In the Garden left off Frederica is graduating, Stephanie and Daniel are expecting a baby, and Marcus, after his breakdown has moved in with Stephanie and Daniel and Daniel s mum Frederica pursues academics, amongst other things, at Cambridge She wants to work with those men of great minds and be looked upon as a great mind along with them but finds that as a woman she is still limited Stephanie is wholly occupied with being a mother and helping Daniel [...]


  13. Anche Natura morta non ha esattamente la magia che ho percepito in Possessione e ne Il libro dei bambini inizio a pensare che Possessione possa considerarsi un po uno spartiacque per questa autrice , tuttavia apprezzabile che gi scorra meglio e pi piacevolmente di La vergine nel giardino, che avevo finito un po per testardaggine e un po per incredulit nel trovare cos pesante un libro della Byatt, che appunto ha scritto due dei miei libri preferiti di sempre.Il quartetto di Frederica, che non pro [...]


  14. This is a very fit title for this book It isn t really a sequel as much as a continuation It now contrasts the artist Van Gogh s failed relationships with those of the book We can see the bumps ahead for Federica, we can see how unconnected Marcus is The death at the center throws everything into relief A Still Life is a painting where the artist tries to show as much of real life as possible while still being an artist In other words, control life as an artist But life, as this book says can t [...]


  15. Does this woman not have any humor I think I m finished with my enthusiasm for her lovely writing as she digresses into too many examinations of conversations interests of the university students that are a yawn The focus of this book seemed to me to be how women deal with their intelligence and life of the mind while tending to family, and job, always a complicated dance The continuing observations of the effect of light, science of light, light in particular in Van Gogh s paintings were most i [...]


  16. The second entry in The Frederica Quartet seems somehow relevantly narrated under that name in other words, Frederica becomes, if not the central figure of the novel, at least the most fleshed out and compelling, to my mind The other Potters Stephanie and Marcus as well as Daniel and Alexander remain integral to the familial drama that began in The Virgin in the Garden, though I felt these characters seemed to expand outward rather than develop in particularly new directions.Stephanie and Frede [...]


  17. Reading through the reviews on , I m interested by how much this book divides readers My favourite comment, by the way, was the person who described it as a perfect gift for an expectant woman In the book, there are three mothers Daniel s mother, a ghastly, needy woman, about as welcome in the house as cancer lost lonely frozen Winifred, who can t relate to any of her three children and Stephanie, sunk in biology , struggling to keep her intellect alive as it drowns in the swamp of domestic life [...]


  18. I had forgotten how much Byatt loves filling her stories with characters The prologue introduces Alexander Wedderburn in 1980, Frederica eventually Potter Alexander s full name is given immediately, Frederica s is doled out over time and Daniel with no last name Frederica receives letters from Will, who she wishes would also send them to Daniel.The first chapter goes to Stephanie in 1953, and her husband Daniel, and her brother Marcus Potter, which informs us that Stephanie is somehow related to [...]


  19. Definitely well written but it came across as verbose and pretentious.It read as if the author wanted to show off her Cambridge education with various references to authors and artists such as D H Lawrence and Vincent Van Gogh on whose life she concentrates a fair bit, even making him the subject of a play that one of the characters in the book is writing The main theme of the novel seems to be the contrasting lives of two sisters, Stephanie who has deserted academia in favour of domesticity and [...]


  20. I am going backwards I read Babel Tower first not knowing that these books are apart of a quartet Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower, A Whistling Woman Babel is a greater and diverse book with many subplots If I remember correctly 4 narratives in one But what is very good about this book is that Frederica, the supposed main character, is only one of many interesting characters They all play off one another and are closely tied to one another Each is on there own plot but mixed up to [...]


  21. I tried to get through this book I loved Possession This one I had to force my way to half way through before I gave up Many of the characters are cardboard ish It is tediousinfully tedious I was interested in Marcus, Alexander, and Stephanie and thought their lives could have been expounded on The rest of the characters could have been left out I didn t care about them, nor did I want to It rambles without any real tension or plot from what I could see.


  22. As much Stephanie s or Alexander s story as Frederica s, this is just as complex, uncompromising and fascinating as the first entry in the quartet in fact, I enjoyed this because the major theme was a deep academic and literary study of colour rather than a flustered, fumbling, melodramatic study of the world as scientifically God created through the eyes of two extremely strange individuals, ie Marcus and his teacher.All Byatt s work is complex and intense, but no less enjoyable for the experi [...]


  23. From other reviews I ve read on here, people think that anything after The Virgin in the Garden A Novel is all downhill After reading Still Life, I m unfortunately inclined to agree.The narration is as pretentious as ever Before it was easier to ignore or completely disregard references, if your like me, and have never read Proust or Woodsworth But part of the essence of the series it seems is the characters drive to continue to grow intellectually It gets old quick as they go on page after page [...]


  24. The disadvantage to coming to this series having started with the third book is that when you get near the end of the second book you are waiting for an event that heavily influences what happens in the book you started on Then you become overly attached to particular settings and situationsThe authorial voice is very strong here there are numerous expositional interruptions Not the sort we get in the other books, where you get glimpses of a character s future, but full blown digressions from th [...]


  25. A S Byatt is one of those vintage authors who gets better and better with each of their books In this earlier works, I feel partly disconcerted, and delighted for finding out some of the sources which she later used in Possession and The Children s book The mention and description of the Boggle Hole is just one example The plot itself is not very cohesive At least, one cannot make a coherent summary of it unless one reads it through, after The Virgin in the Garden She said This is a book about n [...]


  26. This was definitely the best book in the Francesca Chronicles I read Virgin in the Garden quite a while back and had been wanting to get my hands on this book for a long time.I was available on book sites, but the price was forbidding I managed to get Babel Tower in the 2nd Hand market As we know, books there are found by serendipity, not design.Still Life is about Francesca s time in Cambridge It was during the mid fifties The time was exciting for an intelligent woman with a mind of her own Fr [...]


  27. I ve said before that A.S Byatt is a complicated author for me Two of her books are among my favorites of all time, but others have fallen flat Still Life is the sequel to The Virgin in the Garden, a book which I did not love at all In fact, the only reason I decided to continue with the series was because I accidentally bought the third book in the quartet, Babel Tower, thinking that it was a standalone But Still Life surprised me, and I am now very glad that I made that mistake It s been three [...]


  28. A S Byatt write gorgeous, thoroughly uncomfortable novels that I feel unable to review There is a lot going on in this book about art, including the inherent limitedness of any artistic depiction and the arrogant, human desire to categorize and describe the world Most of that went over my head, though, and, instead, it was the conflict women face between family and career that drew me in I sympathized strongly between both Frederica and Stephanie and the inability of either of them balance their [...]


  29. For the record, I love A.S Byatt And I m a firm believer of reading several books by the same author to get a feel for their style I was hoping that if I read this book soon after The Virgin in the Garden it would go better But it didn t While I felt slightly invested in the characters, there was nothing that made me need to turn the page I don t really like Frederica She s just I don t know what it is, but I can t bring myself to like her And this needs to be said I hate it in books when the a [...]


  30. I didn t realize this book was the second in a series until I was halfway through it Perhaps I should have read the first book first Parts of this were fantastic stories with great characters Frederica is at the cusp of the sexual revolution and one of the few females at Cambridge, figuring herself out Stephanie has pushed aside her Cambridge education and is dealing with domesticity only to be forced to deal with the family psychological outcasts The minor characters develop too and become imp [...]


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