Dancing Fish and Ammonites: A Memoir

Dancing Fish and Ammonites: A Memoir

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The beloved and bestselling author takes an intimate look back at a life of reading and writing

"The memory that we live with . . . is the moth-eaten version of our own past that each of us carries around, depends on. It is our ID; this is how we know who we are and where we have been."

Memory and history have been Penelope Lively's terrain in fiction over a career that has spanned five decades. But she has only rarely given readers a glimpse into her influences and… (mehr)

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Lively notes the importance of reading. “I can measure out my life in books. They stand along the way like signposts: the moments of absorption and empathy and direction and enlightenment and sheer pleasure.” I found all of these in Dancing Fish and Ammonites.

It is delightful to get history lessons from someone who lived through important historical periods and can put them into the kind of individual, personalized perspective that beats any plain history book. This is living history, and Lively is our very lively tour guide.

This reminiscence is worth a place on everybody’s shelf, so it can be brought down—every once in a while—for a thoughtful review.


Verlag: Viking Adult ( 6. Februar 2014)

Format: EPUB

Seitenzahl: 224 Seiten

Dateigröße: 1,9 MB

Schutz: DRM

Sprache: Englisch

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