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  • The Road to Lichfield
  • Penelope Lively
  • English
  • 22 July 2019
  • 9780802136251

10 thoughts on “The Road to Lichfield

  1. says:

    I discovered Penelope Lively about a month ago with her Booker Prize winning Moon Tiger I devoured it not once but twice in a one month period and I can't wait to consume it again It is a novel which will stay with me until death or dementia I did not enjoy The Road to Lichfield uite as well The writing is stil

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    I’ve lavished praise on Penelope Lively in the past but I can’t think of anything positive to say about this Anne is married to Don an unimaginative man who likes to get his money’s worth It’s a thoroughly bland marriage I was interested in this marriage than in anything else in this book but Lively skips over it

  3. says:

    This was Penelope Lively's first novel for adults and it was shortlisted for the 1977 Booker Prize which was won that year by Paul Scott's Staying On As always Lively's writing is intelligent and perceptive even if the plot is rather slightT

  4. says:

    Like a fine wine subtle and nuanced Pure pleasure with a long finishI had read that this was Dame Penelope's first novel which continued to astound as I read in view of the tight control of pace and voice But it turns out this was her first novel for adults AhaFirst published in 1977 refreshing to remember a world and time where people were not constantly tweeting and messaging and what's apping and nothing ever beeped

  5. says:

    I really like Penelope Lively I've read several of her books and there's always good plotting and characterizations I care about her

  6. says:

    I really enjoyed this The writing style was great the theme of history and the past very interesting and its expl

  7. says:

    I've read a number of Penelope Lively's novels including her best known children's novels The Ghost of Thomas Kempe and T

  8. says:

    I've become an avid Penelope Lively fan and I dived into this one It was like diving into cool translucent water on a hot day so lucid the prose so calm and unhurried the plot so careful the nudges towards a theme This is known territory middle class middle life middle England Sounds tedious and parochial? What saves it

  9. says:

    I've been on a recent Penelope Lively binge She's my version of Maeve Binchy Better writer easy to get caught up in her stories I like her female protagonists who are always prickly never goody two shoes and usually acerbic in their judgments of the people around them MOON TIGER will always be my favorite of hers but the others are engaging This one a little less so

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    A typically English novel but while I was reading it I felt reminded of many situations in my own life The lack of emotionpassion is remarkable and captures intentionally? I am not sure how foreigners especially the French are traditionally portrayed as imagining the English The novel is easy to read and the c

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The Road to Lichfield

In The Road to Lichfield Penelope Lively explores the nature of history and memory as it is embodied in the life of a forty year old woman Anne Linton who unexpectedly learns that her father had. I ve lavished praise on Penelope Lively in the past but I can t think of anything positive to say about this Anne is married to Don an unimaginative man who likes to get his money s worth It s a thoroughly bland marriage I was interested in this marriage than in anything else in this book but Lively skips over it as if it s somehow normal for two people who barely have anything in common to live with each other for years on end Maybe it s an indication of how much things have changed that Lively seems to regard this kind of marriage as a normal state of affairs without need of commentary When Anne s father is diagnosed with dementia she discovers he has been giving money to a mysterious female every month Turns out she is the daughter of a dead woman her father had a long standing affair with Meanwhile Anne herself begins an affair with a neighbour of her father There s plenty of potential in such a ground plan However this is a novel that stumbles along without a purpose like getting into a car without any destination in mind Every relationship in this novel is almost unbelievably bland The affair must be the blandest account of adultery I ve ever read And the focus is all over the place For some reason we get an extensive account of Anne s brother s life a bachelor who favours young girls over women Eventually we will discover his life is no less bland than Anne s The upshot of the mysterious woman is bland as well A supposedly pivotal moment in the novel is when Anne joins a committee to save from demolition the oldest building in her village But Lively makes this building wholly unattractive so we have little concern for its survival Finally she gives it some skeletons in the closet as if to further ram home the point that everything we idealise is a sham This is a novel that seems to posit middle class mediocrity as the best we can hope for Yuk is all I can say The White Nights of Ramadan unexpectedly learns that her father had. I ve lavished praise on Penelope Lively in the past but I can t think of anything positive to say about this Anne is married to Don an Beyond the Pale unimaginative man who likes to get his money s worth It s a thoroughly bland marriage I was interested in this marriage than in anything else in this book but Lively skips over it as if it s somehow normal for two people who barely have anything in common to live with each other for years on end Maybe it s an indication of how much things have changed that Lively seems to regard this kind of marriage as a normal state of affairs without need of commentary When Anne s father is diagnosed with dementia she discovers he has been giving money to a mysterious female every month Turns out she is the daughter of a dead woman her father had a long standing affair with Meanwhile Anne herself begins an affair with a neighbour of her father There s plenty of potential in such a ground plan However this is a novel that stumbles along without a purpose like getting into a car without any destination in mind Every relationship in this novel is almost The Black Ice Score (Parker, unbelievably bland The affair must be the blandest account of adultery I ve ever read And the focus is all over the place For some reason we get an extensive account of Anne s brother s life a bachelor who favours young girls over women Eventually we will discover his life is no less bland than Anne s The The Black Painting upshot of the mysterious woman is bland as well A supposedly pivotal moment in the novel is when Anne joins a committee to save from demolition the oldest building in her village But Lively makes this building wholly Fire and Desire unattractive so we have little concern for its survival Finally she gives it some skeletons in the closet as if to further ram home the point that everything we idealise is a sham This is a novel that seems to posit middle class mediocrity as the best we can hope for Yuk is all I can say

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A mistress With this new knowledge Linton must now examine the realities of her own life of her childhood her husband and ask What do they really know of her Deeply felt beautifully controlled. I really enjoyed this The writing style was great the theme of history and the past very interesting and its exploration of family and marriage very well done

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The Road to Lichfield is a subtle exploration of memory and identity of chance and conseuence of the intricate weave of generations across a past never fully known a future never fully anticipat. I ve read a number of Penelope Lively s novels including her best known children s novels The Ghost of Thomas Kempe and The House at Norham Gardens and there is a consistency in her themes no matter what setting or time period she chooses She is interested in time in the past in the concept of history how it impacts us how we perceive it how it shapes us and how we shape it I was reading a bit about her background and it wasn t surprising to learn that she read History at Oxford The Road to Lichfield was Lively s first adult novel after a successful career writing children s novels and on the surface at least it seems to follow the outline of her own life Perhaps she was following the advice to write what you know at any rate the novel rings true both emotionally and in the details The protagonist Anne Linton is 40 a history teacher the mother of a son and daughter she was born in the 1930s was a child during World War II and is entering middle age during the 1970s a time of great change for women I wouldn t describe this as a liberation story though uite the opposite When the story begins Anne s father has recently been put into a nursing home Over the course of the novel which takes place between April and late August Anne begins making regular visits from her home in Berkshire to her father s home in Lichfield The fact that Samuel Johnson was also from Lichfield is mentioned several times in the plot As she comes to terms with her father s oncoming death Anne must also come to terms with new information which puts her father s past and in some sense his whole character into a different light Meanwhile she begins an affair with one of her father s neighbours a schoolmaster of a similar age to her own The idea of history and its relevance plays out in a number of ways in the plotLively s domestic adult fiction is very middle class English and this is both an appealing and off putting uality Her dialogue is extremely naturalistic and realistic and silences a well chosen word or banal commonplace can be perfectly revealing She writes in the third person but with glimpses into the workings of a mind not just Anne s but also her father s and occasionally that of David her lover Her novels are like a smooth controlled surface with ripples of emotion occasionally bubbling up I m interested in her work because she is fascinated by the sorts of ideas that fascinate me too Anne and her husband Don have a very different way of thinking about things and they place value on experiences and emotions in sometimes starkly different ways Is this normal than not for men and women or is it just that it reflects back to me so much of my own experience Either way this novel struck a personal chord with me The ending so controlled and understated was nevertheless uite devastatingThank you to Elke meetpenguingirl and Penguin Platform for sending me this edition of the Penguin Essentials The Illusionists us how we perceive it how it shapes Planet of the Bugs us and how we shape it I was reading a bit about her background and it wasn t surprising to learn that she read History at Oxford The Road to Lichfield was Lively s first adult novel after a successful career writing children s novels and on the surface at least it seems to follow the outline of her own life Perhaps she was following the advice to write what you know at any rate the novel rings true both emotionally and in the details The protagonist Anne Linton is 40 a history teacher the mother of a son and daughter she was born in the 1930s was a child during World War II and is entering middle age during the 1970s a time of great change for women I wouldn t describe this as a liberation story though Fishes of the Open Ocean uite the opposite When the story begins Anne s father has recently been put into a nursing home Over the course of the novel which takes place between April and late August Anne begins making regular visits from her home in Berkshire to her father s home in Lichfield The fact that Samuel Johnson was also from Lichfield is mentioned several times in the plot As she comes to terms with her father s oncoming death Anne must also come to terms with new information which puts her father s past and in some sense his whole character into a different light Meanwhile she begins an affair with one of her father s neighbours a schoolmaster of a similar age to her own The idea of history and its relevance plays out in a number of ways in the plotLively s domestic adult fiction is very middle class English and this is both an appealing and off putting Out of Bounds (Boundaries, uality Her dialogue is extremely naturalistic and realistic and silences a well chosen word or banal commonplace can be perfectly revealing She writes in the third person but with glimpses into the workings of a mind not just Anne s but also her father s and occasionally that of David her lover Her novels are like a smooth controlled surface with ripples of emotion occasionally bubbling Grass, Sky, Song up I m interested in her work because she is fascinated by the sorts of ideas that fascinate me too Anne and her husband Don have a very different way of thinking about things and they place value on experiences and emotions in sometimes starkly different ways Is this normal than not for men and women or is it just that it reflects back to me so much of my own experience Either way this novel struck a personal chord with me The ending so controlled and Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos understated was nevertheless The Illusionists uite devastatingThank you to Elke meetpenguingirl and Penguin Platform for sending me this edition of the Penguin Essentials


About the Author: Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively is the author of many prize winning novels and short story collections for both adults and children She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize once in 1977 for her first novel The Road to Lichfield and again in 1984 for According to Mark She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon TigerHer other books include Going Back; Judgement Day; Nex