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Man with a Seagull on His Head (2018 original; edició 2018)

de Harriet Paige (Autor)

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There is nothing interesting about Ray Eccles. He knows it himself. On the morning of his fortieth birthday, he goes for a walk because he's just learned of a dormant Second World War explosive offshore, and he's the kind of man who thinks a bomb might be good company. As he gazes at the sea, a woman in the distance suddenly turns to face him-and a dying seagull falls from the sky, knocking him unconscious. When Ray wakes up, he's inexplicably compelled to paint the woman's image, obsessively and repeatedly: initially on any paper he can find in his house, and thereafter on the walls, using any materials that come to hand, including food and bodily fluids. Discovered by a power couple of Outsider Art, he becomes one of the most celebrated artists of the century, and soon even small-town newspapers are covering his work-which is how Jennifer, the woman on the beach, discovers she's the subject of the paintings that have set the world on fire, leading her to wonder if a man she's never met is the only person who has ever really seen her. Man with a Seagull on His Head is a novel about the impossibility of ever really knowing anyone, and the electric charge that comes from real if unexpected connection. Beautiful, lyrical, and strangely moving, it heralds a wonderful and original new voice.… (més)
Membre:albertgoldfain
Títol:Man with a Seagull on His Head
Autors:Harriet Paige (Autor)
Informació:Biblioasis (2018), 200 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:No n'hi ha cap

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Man with a seagull on his head de Harriet Paige (2018)

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    Death and the Seaside de Alison Moore (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: These two books have a similar tone, slightly dreamlike/detached and unsettling.
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A nice meditation on epiphany and artistic obsession. The narrative is often dislocated from Ray Eccles, leaving the protagonist a mystery throughout. ( )
  albertgoldfain | Feb 10, 2021 |
''The fibrous contents of her shop - so much wool and linen and cotton - seemed a dry and tangled trap around her. But here was a face that opened up a space above her head that was cold and vast, like the sky over the sea. Her gaze floated up to the top of the page and she started to read.''

A seagull falls on Ray's head as he is standing on the beach. The strange accident happens at an even stranger moment when Ray's attention has been attracted by a woman who's standing in the distance, looking at the waves. This moment changes everything. Ray goes on to create a series of painting dedicated to that unknown woman. But what happens when Jennifer finds out that she has been the muse of a recluse artist whose heart opened one day at the beach?

''But she looks ancient to me, kind of wise and sad. Like she knows something we don't.''

Our lives are defined by meetings and once-strangers that soon become friends, lovers, enemies. But what about the ones who remain strangers? What about those weird moments when we come face-to-face with a person we haven't met before and yet, somehow, our curiosity is awakened? What about those chance meetings that never came to fruition? What if thins were different? What if we were supposed to meet a special person and the indecisive nature of fate intervened?

Ray sees Jennifer and his life changes. Paige cleverly and brilliantly weaves her story around our anticipation. Will the two characters meet? Jennifer's life is present throughout and this allows us to understand her character. She is an ordinary woman, level0headed, cautious, a little too afraid of the world. Ray is a secret. Melancholic and silent, a man who lives by his own rules. Both are extremely cryptic, secretive characters and that's what makes this slim novel even more fascinating. The quietness, the dreamy atmosphere, the very familiar routine. Evert reader can connect with Paige's story.

Paige elegantly comments on Art, the influences of the artists and the dubious ''promoters'' who exploit their talent for profit. Or sex. Paige's views on this issue are honest and eloquently depicted in the characters of Grace and Amanda, the rich wife and the inexperienced journalist, two awful women who try their best to make use of Ray and Jennifer to satisfy their sick instincts or promote themselves despite their obvious incompetence.

Do we ever get to truly know each other? Is a fleeting moment enough to define us? We are free to draw our own conclusions. What is absolutely certain is my strengthened conviction that a quiet, ''ordinary'' story written with sensitivity and elegance stays with the reader long after the last page is turned. This novel resembles one of those melancholic afternoons during the end of summer. The calm, sweetness and sadness are there. We just have to give in.

''It was the first day after the clocks had gone forward, the first lone evening, and whereas yesterday this house had been marked by a dull and deepening gloom, the sun was behind them now, on its way down, and the warmth hit their backs as they walked, hand in hand like one of those sweet old couples still in love. The tide was high and Jennifer looked far across the water to the long row rise of Kent. Across the mouth of the Thames.''

My reviews can also be found on https://theopinionatedreaderblog.wordpress.com/ ( )
  AmaliaGavea | May 21, 2020 |
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There is nothing interesting about Ray Eccles. He knows it himself. On the morning of his fortieth birthday, he goes for a walk because he's just learned of a dormant Second World War explosive offshore, and he's the kind of man who thinks a bomb might be good company. As he gazes at the sea, a woman in the distance suddenly turns to face him-and a dying seagull falls from the sky, knocking him unconscious. When Ray wakes up, he's inexplicably compelled to paint the woman's image, obsessively and repeatedly: initially on any paper he can find in his house, and thereafter on the walls, using any materials that come to hand, including food and bodily fluids. Discovered by a power couple of Outsider Art, he becomes one of the most celebrated artists of the century, and soon even small-town newspapers are covering his work-which is how Jennifer, the woman on the beach, discovers she's the subject of the paintings that have set the world on fire, leading her to wonder if a man she's never met is the only person who has ever really seen her. Man with a Seagull on His Head is a novel about the impossibility of ever really knowing anyone, and the electric charge that comes from real if unexpected connection. Beautiful, lyrical, and strangely moving, it heralds a wonderful and original new voice.

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