(Clever Girl) [Read] á Tessa Hadley
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#wise through snapshots snapshots er life from childhood to middle age we read ow faces the "challenges of each stage of life This book is not for those readers who are attracted to "of each stage of life This book is not for those readers who are attracted to action plots but it is for those who love a well developed character truthful insights and beautiful prose Although my life as been much conventional than Stella s I often remembered thinking similarly knowing I would Growing Marijuana (Idiot's Guides) have done that or said that as a child or teenager felt that as a mother of young children Isn t that an indication of great writingI loved this flawed character with aller foibles admirable ualities and yes cleverness I will soon be reading books by Tessa Hadley I loved Clever Girl which tells the story of Stella a working class girl from Bristol from The Jane Austen Project her years as a child of a single mother through when she is about 50 and a mothererself Her story told in episodes is a lovely uiet character study I did not want to say goodbye to Dynamite Doc or Christmas Dad? her when the book ended This blurb about the book says a lot of why I liked it Written with the celebrated precisio Normally I do not care for books that are short on dialogue and full of descriptive language or third person narrative but I relished Clever Girl s exuisite language and found myself underlining passage after passage This novel is uiet but riveting Hadley s novel is a 5 star treat for readers who enjoy a brilliant character study Having not read any of Hadley s novels previously I was blown away byer style Industrial Applications of Biopolymers and Their Environmental Impact her deft use of languageer precision Retraite sur le Cantique des Cantiques: Commentaires bibliques (Spiritualité) (French Edition) her ability to use just a few sentences or even aandful of words to conjure up a vivid image in my mind I cannot list all the passages I underlined but will relate just this is one But today I couldn t Blood Sorcery (Shadows of Magic, hear a sound in theouse I was the first to break the skin of the day stepping out on the lino which struck its frozen cold up through the warm soles of my feet When I parted the curtains and looked out the familiar scrappy back landscape trellis and dustbins and old bikes and crazy paving stepping stones was glazed in sunshine gleaming from its dip into the night There s something that s truly extraordinary in the episodic telling Tessa Hadley s keen ability to capture an emotion an interaction or a juncture is so real that Stella could The Elusive Heiress Nancy Drew have walked off the page For readers who love character driven books without lots of bells and whistles this is a beautifully fulfilling read Oh why didn t this win all the prizes I loved it Beautiful writing but it s the character of Stella that I enjoyed even fierce but self contained steady and powerful loving and enduring Some apparently finder cold but I didn t it was that she was dealt a certain Pizarro and the Conuest of Peru hand in life and justad to get on with it It s about Stella s life from when she s about 13 I think to Are You There God? It's Me M her early 50s Babies and work and tragedy and love and life really The tragedies shook me and tore at myeart like a good book should I think this might now be my favourite Hadley pipping The Past to the post by a pipsueak A uiet deceptively simple novel about one woman s journey through life family upheaval love academia and unplanned motherhood Brilliant despite or because of its reticenceIn that its self contained chapters at times seem to constitute a collection of linked stories it brings to mind Alice Munro s Lives of Girls and Women which also plots a young woman s course through discrete chapters But if there is one book this reminds me most of it is John Williams s Stoner the American campus novel originally published in 1965 that became last year s surprise bestseller Like William Stoner Stella is an ordinary person who takes delight in literature but remains disappointed by the course life Evan (O'Connor Brothers Vol. 5) has taken Both novels share a gentle air of regretI suspect this is the kind of book that every person not just every woman should reread once a decade to recognize new parts of the view and gain betterindsight on what it On Hitler's Mountain Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood PS has all meant so farSee my full. Lows Stella from the shallows of childhood growing up with a single mother in a Bristol bedsit in the 1960s into the murky waters of middle ageClever Girl is a story vivid in its immediacy and rich in drama violent deaths failed affairs broken dreams missed chances Yet it is Hadley’s observations of everyday lifeer keen skill at capturing the ways men and women think and feel and relate to one another that dazzles. Or possibly 45 According to Harold Bloom we read to be less lonely as we can never know enough people Clever Girl is a book so unusually like getting to know a real person that it fulfils this than most do It s written as a novelistic narrative not in a purely conversational style but its directness and the way the narrator reveals er life story most of it is there though with gaps feels inside so very much like listening like companylike receiving email or letters rather than a book The use of dashes rather than uotation marks for dialogue also elpsreceiving email or letters rather than a book The use of dashes rather than uotation marks for dialogue also elps effect It obviously belongs to the category literary fiction yet without making great effort to be different Pip Sueak Saves the Day Medici Books for Children hasardly any of the particular cliches which make me cringe when faced with another obvious example of litfic It s a book that I can imagine some might find boring it s simple someone s life story in pretty much chronological order but I liked it instantly starting like an early 60s kitchen sink drama Stella soon became someone I could imagine as an interesting older colleague or perhaps a friend of my aunt technically young enough to be my considerably older sister my mother s child and old enough that I could be Dragonsbane her child view spoilerIt was still a surprise when she ended up as a late starter working in a field somewhat similar to my old work an occupational therapist is someone who I occasionally mightave ended up talking to about clientsin common ide spoiler Look in the dictionary for the definition of clever and you ll find these wordscommon ide spoiler Look in the dictionary for the definition of clever and you ll find these words to understand or apply ideasastute intelligent sharpSo is Stella the protagonist of Tessa Hadley s novel truly a clever girl At one point Stella answers that uestion Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator herself In the wrong contexts cleverness is just an inhibiting clumsiness Stella is the type of girl who outsmartserself in a sense she is the everywoman of the often chaotic sixties and seventies We meet Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India her when she is only 10 and then in shimmering vignettes follower until she is in middle age as she struggles against the boring existence of Desperate (Bad Baker Boys, her mother and stepfather flirts with feminism deals with premature motherhood gets involved in a couple of disastrous love affairs and tries on and discards various selves as she tries on and discards various iterations of life iner uest to find the authentic oneThere is an intimacy in Stella s recounting of er tales that made me think than once that I was reading a memoir A Bristol girl who makes some poor choices and who wrestles with failed affairs and missed chances does not in any sense add up to an extraordinary character She could just as easily be you or meAnd yet And yet There s something that s truly extraordinary in the episodic telling Tessa Hadley s keen ability to capture an emotion an interaction or a juncture is so real that Stella could walk off the page We believe in Stella "and we also believe in er evolution which sometimes comes in a crystal clear moment "we also believe in er evolution which sometimes comes in a crystal clear moment enlightenment and other times in a ard won battle for clarity Through the episodes that Ms Hadley chooses to illuminate we begin to see Stella coalesce into an integrated wholeand to trust in How Drawings Work her cleverness For readers who love character driven books without lots of bells and whistles this is a beautifully fulfilling read 45 stars Nothing is WastedDomestic Fiction Not something that Iad recognized as a separate genre until the London Sunday Times reviewer mentioned it on the back cover of this Truly Irresistible highly satisfying novel The chronicle of ordinary lives But I realize that it is something that I greatly enjoy and a genre in which Tessa Hadley is an unassuming master Looking back at my review ofer recent story collection Married Love I noted that for Hadley the true story lies less in events than the ellipses between them the way people move on with their lives flawed or ordinary though they might be While reading I was aware slightly apologetically that this was not an important novel with grand themes just small lives lived out of the li. Clever Girl is an indelible story of one woman’s life unfolded in a series of beautifully sculpted episodes that illuminate an era moving from the 1960s to today from one of Britain’s leading literary lights Tessa Hadley the author of the New York Times Notable Books Married Love and The London TrainLike Alice Munro and Colm Tóibin Tessa Hadley brilliantly captures the beauty innocence and irony of ordinary lives.
Free download Clever GirlMelight four star territory at most But Hadley reminds you that even small lives can be lived large and in this sense the "Novel Is Large Indeed In "is large indeed In touching scene at the end of the book the Whisper Loudly heroine an Englishwoman named Stella revisits a childhood friend sheasn t seen for over thirty years I've Been Thinking . . .: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life hearingis regrets she is about to tell Dragon Ball Z Cycle 2 T03 him that nothing is ever wasted And forer it isn t even though The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip & her lifeas taken many turns that she did not expectThe novel traces Stella s life from 5 to 50 A middle class from Bristol raised by a single mother she goes through all the usual passages childhood friendships adolescent love university odd jobs and eventual profession marriage and motherhood though not necessarily in that order There is one moment fairly early in the book when you realize that the course of er expectations will be disrupted For a moment it seems arbitrary almost a clich But then you realize that life itself is arbitrary and that clich s only seem so because they occur so often Time and again Hadley brings Stella to the edge of a situation you think you ave seen before only to do something unexpected with it not necessarily some startling twist but unexpected simply because the course she takes is The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 4 (light novel) honest and uniuelyers There are ten chapters each starts with a little jump in time from the one before a few months a year a decade Ellipses as I say Hadley Fret Work Step By Step has no need to connect the dots there might be some rich stories there too but what she gives us is already enough to illuminate an ordinary but fully dimensioned life I am struck byer willingness to leave loose ends untied but also by Mark of the Dragon Urban Dragon her ability to turn things around a difficult marriage becoming a contented one for instanceIt occurs to me that the domestic fiction genre is especially English Perhaps there are some other practitioners like Alice Munro in Canada or the Swiss Peter Stamm but the names that come to my mind are predominantly British Penelope Lively Margaret Foster Maggie O Farrell even in some aspects Kate Atkinson There is also a particular pleasureere for a British reader to return to familiar objects Penguin bars green wellies a girl s air the colour of conkers chestnuts and past ages from the sixties into the new millennium There is for instance a wonderful description of a cafe where Stella works including posters pinned to a noticeboard advertising yoga classes or feminist reading groups or political meetings And through it all there is Hadley s uietly perfect language and powers of observation So let me end with Stella as a child surprised to be the first to wake first in the ouse and venturing outside the rest of Tubâ va ma'nâ ye shab her journey you can read for yourself But today I couldn tear a sound in the Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) house I was the first to break the skin of the day stepping out on the lino which struck its frozen cold up through the warm soles of my feet When I parted the curtains and looked out the familiar scrappy back landscape trellis and dustbins and old bikes and crazy paving stepping stones was glazed in sunshine gleaming from its dip into the night Fiction doesn t get better than this This novel follows Stella fromer childhood in England to er present day middle age It s an exploration of relationships and class as well as dramatic incidents tragic deaths failed affairs broken dreams So well written that I m sad it s over the ighest test was not in what you chose but in How to Prove It (A Structured Approach) how you lived what befell you Like one of those dreams where you know it s yourouse even though it looks nothing like your Three Religious Rebels The Forefathers of the Trappists house How does it feel toave a baby who doesn t sleep Exactly like this To believe in the The Sunset Warrior holiness of an inanimate thing as a child Like this To cook and clean and love andate Like this Beyond its immersive ualities the book s appeal lies in the utterly convincing way that mistakes are uickly made uickly resented slowly accepted and beautifully redeemed Clever is defined as intelligent ingenious insightful It doesn t mean wise showing good judgeme. An ability to transform the mundane into the sublime that elevates domestic fiction to literary artWritten with the celebrated precision intensity and complexity that Highland Hucow have markeder previous works Clever Girl is a powerful exploration of family relationships and class in modern life witnessed through the experiences of an English woman named Stella Unfolding in a series of snapshots Tessa Hadley’s moving novel fol. ,