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Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader

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BIC Subject: Society & culture: general
Published By: Black Inc
 
Published: 04-Feb-2020
Format: Paperback, 192 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9781760641887
Stock Code: 0641887
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I sometimes think I was born reading ... I can't remember the time when I didn't have a book in my hands, my head lost to the world around me.

A celebration of the delights of rereading from the acclaimed author of The Odd Woman and the City

In nine essays that meld criticism and memoir, Gornick returns to the books that have shaped her. She finds herself in contradictory figures in D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, assesses womanhood in Colette, and considers the veracity of memory in Marguerite Duras's The Lover. She uncovers the psychological complexity of Elizabeth Bowen's prose, and soaks in Natalia Ginzburg, 'whose work has often made me love life more'. After adopting two cats, whose erratic behaviour she finds vexing, she discovers Doris Lessing's Particularly Cats.

From a young New York reporter, to a critic exploring gender and feminism, to a woman in the jubilant solitude of older age- the characters Gornick meets in literature speak to the person she is when reading, and in reopening her favourite texts she meets characters anew. Infused with her trademark verve and insight, this is a masterful appreciation of literature's ability to illuminate, from a peerless writer who 'still read s to feel the power of Life with a capital L'.I sometimes think I was born reading ... I can't remember the time when I didn't have a book in my hands, my head lost to the world around me.

A celebration of the delights of rereading from the acclaimed author of The Odd Woman and the City

In nine essays that meld criticism and memoir, Gornick returns to the books that have shaped her. She finds herself in contradictory figures in D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, assesses womanhood in Colette, and considers the veracity of memory in Marguerite Duras's The Lover. She uncovers the psychological complexity of Elizabeth Bowen's prose, and soaks in Natalia Ginzburg, 'whose work has often made me love life more'. After adopting two cats, whose erratic behaviour she finds vexing, she discovers Doris Lessing's Particularly Cats.

From a young New York reporter, to a critic exploring gender and feminism, to a woman in the jubilant solitude of older age- the characters Gornick meets in literature speak to the person she is when reading, and in reopening her favourite texts she meets characters anew. Infused with her trademark verve and insight, this is a masterful appreciation of literature's ability to illuminate, from a peerless writer who 'still read s to feel the power of Life with a capital L'.
Vivian Gornick is the author of several books, including the acclaimed memoir Fierce Attachments, and The Odd Woman and the City, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. Her work has appeared widely, including in The New York Times, The Nation, The New York Review of Books and The Atlantic.
 
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