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Also by Graham Swift. The Sweet Shop Owner.
Also by Graham Swift. Once upon a time, before the boys were killed and when there were more horses than cars, before the male servants disappeared and they made do, at Upleigh and at Beechwood, with just a cook and a maid, the Sheringhams had owned not just four horses in their own stable, but what might be called a ‘real horse’, a racehorse, a thoroughbred.
Mothering Sunday reveals Graham Swift to be a master at the peak of his powers
Mothering Sunday reveals Graham Swift to be a master at the peak of his powers. Imagine an artist, a Matisse or a Picasso, deftly sketching a scene or a portrait - a line drawing, seemingly effortless for them to do, just something to capture a moment, to capture a mood. It looks like magic to us, and yet to them, a commonplace. The result of genius and experience. And Swift saying, Oh, you like that do you?
MOTHERING SUNDAY A Romance By Graham Swift 177 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. In this compact, carefully styled novella set in 1924, the Booker Prize winner Graham Swift pays homage to Great Books from the early 20th century. Like Ulysses and Mrs
MOTHERING SUNDAY A Romance By Graham Swift 177 pp. Like Ulysses and Mrs. Dalloway, Mothering Sunday takes place on a single day, and is told through close third person and free indirect discourse. Swift refers to modernist writers like Woolf and Conrad, whose novels often turn on juxtapositions between the public and private spheres.
But he was truly the one. On the night of Mothering Sunday 1924, when, for good reasons, she was utterly unable to sleep or rest, she picked up again Joseph Conrad’s Youth
But he was truly the one. On the night of Mothering Sunday 1924, when, for good reasons, she was utterly unable to sleep or rest, she picked up again Joseph Conrad’s Youth. What else could she do? Cry?
Stylistically, Mothering Sunday features the restrained and yet emotive prose for which Swift is renowned. Mothering Sunday is a powerful, philosophical and exquisitely observed novel about the lives we lead, and the parallel lives – the parallel stories – we can never know: All the scenes.
Stylistically, Mothering Sunday features the restrained and yet emotive prose for which Swift is renowned. Repeated refrains give the novel an almost musical quality, like a Bach prelude and fugue reworking and reinventing themes and ideas. All the scenes that never occur, but wait in the wings of possibility. It may just be Swift’s best novel yet. Mothering Sunday is published by Scribner (£12.
Mothering Sunday, - - A luminous, intensely moving tale that begins with a secret lovers’ assignation in the spring of 1924 .
Mothering Sunday, - - A luminous, intensely moving tale that begins with a secret lovers’ assignation in the spring of 1924, then unfolds to reveal the whole of a remarkable life. Twenty-two-year-old Jane Fairchild has worked as a maid at an English country house since she was sixteen. For almost all of those years she has been the clandestine lover to Paul Sheringham, young heir of a neighboring house. The two now meet on an unseasonably warm March day?Mothering Sunday?a day that will change Jane’s life forever.
It’s nice to see, after what several trusted friends call missteps, that Swift’s new novel Mother Sunday is getting a lot of positive attention. Even better when I also think the novel deserves the positive attention! I hope that, twenty years after Swift won the prize, we see Swift in contention again when the Man Booker Prize longlist is announced in July! I must admit to some knowledge gaps. Not only was I unfamiliar with Graham Swift’s work (still am, but for this.
Graham Colin Swift FRSL (born 4 May 1949) is an English writer. Born in London, England, he was educated at Dulwich College, London, Queens' College, Cambridge, and later the University of York.
Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift AZW
Award-winning writer Graham Swift returns with his profoundly moving new novel, Mothering Sunday.
It is March 30th 1924. It is Mothering Sunday. How will Jane Fairchild, orphan and housemaid, occupy her time when she has no mother to visit? How, shaped by the events of this never to be forgotten day, will her future unfold?
Beginning with an intimate assignation and opening to embrace decades, Mothering Sunday has at its heart both the story of a life and the life that stories can magically contain. Constantly surprising, joyously sensual and deeply moving, it is Graham Swift at his thrilling best.