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Human Croquet: A Novel de Kate Atkinson
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Human Croquet: A Novel (1997 original; edició 1997)

de Kate Atkinson (Autor)

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Once it had been the great forest of Lythe - a vast and impenetrable thicket of green.And here, in the beginning, lived the Fairfaxes, grandly, at Fairfax Manor, visited once by the great Gloriana herself. But over the centuries the forest had been destroyed, replaced by Streets of Trees.The Fairfaxes have dwindled too; now they live in 'Arden' at the end of Hawthorne Close and are hardly a family at all. But Isobel Fairfax, who drops into pockets of time and out again, knows about the past. She is sixteen and waiting for the return of her mother - the thin, dangerous Eliza with her scent of nicotine, Arp ge and sex, whose disappearance is part of the mystery that still remains at the heart of the forest.… (més)
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Títol:Human Croquet: A Novel
Autors:Kate Atkinson (Autor)
Informació:Picador (1997), Edition: First, 352 pages
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Human Croquet de Kate Atkinson (1997)

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    Behind the Scenes at the Museum de Kate Atkinson (starfishian)
    starfishian: Atkinson has written books in a variety of genres, settings and topics. Human Croquet reminds me very much of Behind the Scenes; if you liked one, no doubt you will like the other.
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    Life After Life de Kate Atkinson (KayCliff)
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    Garden Spells de Sarah Addison Allen (bnbookgirl)
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I love Kate Atkinson. This was a surprise for me, not knowing these alternative/multiple strains of time and personal histories were already in her repertoire at this early stage. This one was perhaps less polished than the later ones, at times a bit confusing but nonetheless delightfully dark and sinister read. Dod not see any of this coming as I started! ( )
  Iira | Mar 14, 2020 |
I had no idea that Kate Atkinson was set on the path of multiple lives/time travel so early in her writing career. People in 1997 must have been completely tripped out by this one. It takes place in a haunty part of England, in a town dominated by the Lady Oak tree, which allegedly has William Shakespeare's initials carved on it. The narrator is Isobel, daughter of a misbegotten marriage between her fey mother Eliza and her straight-as-nails father Gordon. After Eliza and her father disappear, separately and mysteriously, she lives a meager life with her despicably awful grandmother and aunt, right out of Cinderella. But she, and the household, slip through slits in time, and as in Atkinson's recent novels, what is real and what isn't, what could be and what wasn't, is never quite certain for the reader. It's sheer pleasure to sit on Isobel's shoulder and observe (happily, not to be her!) as it all unwinds. There's a kind of summing-up rush at the end which is not as smooth as it is almost two decades later, but fans of Atkinson's Life After Life and A God In Ruins will want to hit her back catalogue for sure. ( )
1 vota froxgirl | Jun 28, 2018 |
Strangely compelling but hard to describe. Isobel Fairfax's mother has disappeared and her father has returned with a new wife after seven year's absence. Isobel also does the odd bit of time travelling. The story is told in alternating chapters called Past and Present. I must admit that about two thirds of the way in the novel was going nowhere and I nearly gave it up. I'm so glad I didn't as the novel picked up pace and really hooked me in as Atkinson connected lots of plot/character threads in a most surprising way. ( )
  socialpages | Jan 10, 2018 |
Best een aardig boek, maar af en toe wel verwarrend. Niet echt het beste boek van Kate Atkinson. ( )
  connie53 | Sep 30, 2016 |
Told from the point of view of Isobel, its omniscient narrator, this is a complicated family history, full of fantasy masquerading as truth and truth masquerading as fantasy, of mixed identities, of events that turn into dreams and dreams that turn into events. It is set in England, on the estate of one Francis Fairfax, some 300 years after his residence there. Shakespeare is a bit player, along with a cast of evil schoolteachers, missing mothers, spinsters, smart adolescents, kindly matrons cooking poisoned mushroom soup, and other goings-on such as might appear in an entertainment by the Bard. And babies. Lots of babies, changelings, left on doorsteps, snatched from carriages, and suddenly breaking forth from unprepared wombs. Fascinating and wise and sad and satisfying and well said. ( )
  deckla | Apr 5, 2016 |
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Isobel Fairfax, the heroine of ''Human Croquet,'' is an omniscient narrator who, paradoxically, often hasn't a clue about what has really happened. Like Ruby Lennox, the droll narrator of ''Behind the Scenes at the Museum,'' Isobel is a child with knowledge of family history and world events beyond and outside herself -- but somehow her possession of such wisdom is nevertheless plausible. She knows the past, she knows the future, but comprehending the present is an elusive task. Atkinson has a deft ability to convey that quality of simultaneous knowing and not knowing that is fundamental to human thought. In this way, both her novels feature a Muriel Sparkish motif of the narrative voice alternately running ahead and lagging behind the steadily advancing sequence of events.

afegit per KayCliff | editaNew York Times, Weber. Katharine (Jul 6, 1997)
 
The quirky imagination, subversive humor and instinct for domestic chaos that Atkinson displayed in her first novel, Whitbread winner Behind the Scenes at the Museum, are rampantly evident again here, as the British author audaciously fuses several genres in a story that does not quite live up to expectations.
 

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Once it had been the great forest of Lythe - a vast and impenetrable thicket of green.And here, in the beginning, lived the Fairfaxes, grandly, at Fairfax Manor, visited once by the great Gloriana herself. But over the centuries the forest had been destroyed, replaced by Streets of Trees.The Fairfaxes have dwindled too; now they live in 'Arden' at the end of Hawthorne Close and are hardly a family at all. But Isobel Fairfax, who drops into pockets of time and out again, knows about the past. She is sixteen and waiting for the return of her mother - the thin, dangerous Eliza with her scent of nicotine, Arp ge and sex, whose disappearance is part of the mystery that still remains at the heart of the forest.

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