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    Read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ç Mavis Gallant Mavis Gallant Ç 0 Summary PDF A Fairly Good Time This is the best written book I've read this year Not my favorite book but the book where every sentence was so alarmingly perfect that I needed to stop and give a little gasp and read it again and maybe once after that Some

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    PDF A Fairly Good Time Read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ç Mavis Gallant review A Fairly Good Time She would not have lived in a place partly furnished by strangers The curtains would have been taken down the carpets rolled and tied with string and put in the basement for moths to feed on Here you built a life around othe

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    review A Fairly Good Time PDF A Fairly Good Time This is what you need to know about Shirley Higgins she’s 27 in 1963 ”a great lump of a Campfire girl” how she saw herself in her father in law’s eyes an ex pat Canadian living in Paris prone to helping out both friends and

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    PDF A Fairly Good Time Read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ç Mavis Gallant review A Fairly Good Time We get to know Shirley Perrigny formerly Higgins nee Norrington through a nonlinear jumble of perspectives – her husband her several in laws her assortment of friends and acuaintances her landlord her mother Shirley herself and a

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    review A Fairly Good Time PDF A Fairly Good Time All hail Mavis the master Still need to read Green Water Green Sky which I will savor next year

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    PDF A Fairly Good Time Three stars to A Fairly Good Time Will set Green Water Green Sky aside for another timeSuperficially the main character and

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    Mavis Gallant Ç 0 Summary PDF A Fairly Good Time I decided to launch to Gallant's works by reading her novels first and I don't regret it Both stories are so different but they leave you a strange sort of sorrow What struck me the most as is also noted in the introduction are the flashbacks which imprint the weight of a memory on a page While it reminds of Ca

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    Mavis Gallant Ç 0 Summary Read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ç Mavis Gallant PDF A Fairly Good Time Since there are two novels in this one book I've averaged the rating 3 stars for A Fairly Good Time and 5 stars for Green Water Green Sky The main title is amusing and full of the wit and sharp phrasing I've come to expect from Gallant but the story as a whole felt needlessly stretched and indulgent in ways that her short stories never are That is directly contradicted in Green Water Green Sky which is pitch p

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    review A Fairly Good Time PDF A Fairly Good Time Mavis Gallant Ç 0 Summary I got through the first 💯 pages then decided to give it a miss It's not a story with much of a plot but sometimes amusing reflections on life family and its ramifications somewhat dated in style and too much work to pl

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A Fairly Good Time Summary ✓ 100 review A Fairly Good Time An NYRB Classics OriginalMavis Gallant’s novels are as memorable as her renowned short stories Full of wit and psychological poignancy A Fairly Good Time here with  Green Water Green Sky encapsulates Gallant’s unparalleled skill as a storyteller Shirley Perrigny née Norrington then briefly Higgins the heroine of A Fairly Good Time is an original Derided by the Parisians she lives among and chided by her fellow Canad. This is the best written book I ve read this year Not my favorite book but the book where every sentence was so alarmingly perfect that I needed to stop and give a little gasp and read it again and maybe once after that Sometimes writers who write this exuisitely at the sentence level are called writers writers but that s not what I m talking about This isn t beautiful sentence level prose for its own sake It s not over polished gem like writing It s perfect writing The sentences are not only beautiful in their shape and vocabulary choice but they convey great meaning in each condensed space from the first Capital Letter to the Period at the end They tell the story They reveal the character They move the story forward And they delight All at once I would say it is timeless writing too in that it s so uniuely hers and nobody else writes like this It s short I hope you find time for it soon

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A Fairly Good Time Summary ✓ 100 review A Fairly Good Time Ians this young widow recently remarried to a French journalist named Philippe is fond of uoting Jane Austen and Kingsley Amis and of using her myopia as a defense against social aggression As the fixed points in Shirley’s life begin to recede Philippe having apparently though not definitively left her freewheeling makeshift and self abnegating ways come to seem an aspect of devotion to her fellow man Could this unrelia. We get to know Shirley Perrigny formerly Higgins nee Norrington through a nonlinear jumble of perspectives her husband her several in laws her assortment of friends and acuaintances her landlord her mother Shirley herself and a 3rd person narrator who weaves in and out among the characters and is sometimes in Shirley s head and sometimes not All of this is the perfect way to get to know the utterly original Shirley whose life didn t start out promising in her first few months of existence her mother thought she was a tumor and when she was born she was named by the doctor because her parents couldn t think of a nameHer soon to be ex husband tells her your life is like a house without doors a lovely way to say she has no boundaries She knows this but can t seem to stop All her private dialogues were furnished with scraps of prose recited out of context like the disparate chairs carpets and lamps adrift in her apartment She carried her notions of conversation into active life and felt as if she had been invited to act in a play without having been told the name of it No one had ever mentioned who the author was or if the action was supposed to be sad or hilarious She came on stage wondering whether the plot was gently falling apart or rushing onward toward a solution Cues went unheeded and unrecognized and she annoyed the other players by bringing in lines from any other piece she happened to recall In addition to having a great main character this book is freuently HILARIOUS starting with the opening pages where Shirley s mother writes her a Polonius like letter of advice including such gems as Don t cry whilst writing letters The person receiving it is apt to take it as a reproach Undefined misery is no use to anyone Be clear or better still be silent Another favorite of mine Shirley s experience of being a Canadian in Paris she had been daunted by the wave of hostility that rose to greet the stranger in Paris Nothing seemed to be considered rude or preposterous if it was said to someone like her We wanted to give you beans and jam for dinner to make you feel at home but my wife refuses to do American cooking And this description of Shirley s hypochondriac mother in law Yet the fact of eating alarmed her Peristalsis was an enemy she had never mastered Her intestines were of almost historical importance soothed with bismuth restored with charcoal they were still as nothing to her stomach in which four course meals remained for days undigested turning over and over like clothes forgotten in a tumble dryer Update I got so carried away with the wit I may have made it sound like a flat out comedy but it isn t there is much that is poignant it just isn t milked for cheap emotion For example my first uote from her mother s letter while funny also shows the kinds of letters Shirley has been sending her mother and the way her mother responds to her misery Here s another uote from the novel Mrs Norrington was an attentive listener only Shirley had ever failed to catch her ear

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A Fairly Good Time Summary ✓ 100 review A Fairly Good Time Ble protagonist be the unwitting heroine of her own story Green Water Green Sky Gallant’s first novel is a darker tale of the fractured family life of Bonnie McCarthy an American divorcée and her daughter Flor Uprooted and unmoored mother and daughter live like itinerants in Venice Cannes and Paris glamorous and dependent With little hope of escape Flor attempts to flee this untidy life and the false notes of her moth. Since there are two novels in this one book I ve averaged the rating 3 stars for A Fairly Good Time and 5 stars for Green Water Green Sky The main title is amusing and full of the wit and sharp phrasing I ve come to expect from Gallant but the story as a whole felt needlessly stretched and indulgent in ways that her short stories never are That is directly contradicted in Green Water Green Sky which is pitch perfect in its sublime depiction of the dissolution of sanity and its inevitable companions loss resentment and misunderstanding

  • Paperback
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  • A Fairly Good Time
  • Mavis Gallant
  • en
  • 06 December 2020
  • 9781590179871