The Road To Lichfield

The Road To Lichfield The Road to Lichfield is the Booker Prize shortlisted first novel by Penelope Lively published as a Penguin Essential for the first time on the th anniversary of its publication Ann Linton leaves h

  • Title: The Road To Lichfield
  • Author: Penelope Lively
  • ISBN: 9780241981405
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Road to Lichfield is the Booker Prize shortlisted first novel by Penelope Lively, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time on the 40th anniversary of its publication.Ann Linton leaves her family in Berkshire and sets up camp in her father s house when he is taken into a nursing home in distant Lichfield As she shares his last weeks she meets David FieldinThe Road to Lichfield is the Booker Prize shortlisted first novel by Penelope Lively, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time on the 40th anniversary of its publication.Ann Linton leaves her family in Berkshire and sets up camp in her father s house when he is taken into a nursing home in distant Lichfield As she shares his last weeks she meets David Fielding, and the love they share brings her feelings into sharp focus Deeply felt, beautifully controlled, The Road to Lichfield is a subtle exploration of memory and identity, of chance and consequence, of the intricate weave of generations across a past never fully known, and a future never fully anticipated A searing study of the peculiar state of being in love there are few contemporary novelists to match her on this subject Sunday Telegraph

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    1. 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 quite as well. The writing is still exceptional, and it's better than most of what's out there. Ms. Lively does not waste a reader's time--she always offers you the meat, not the fat, and, when you hit the bone mar [...]

    2. 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 more 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 ha [...]

    3. Like a fine wine: subtle and nuanced. Pure pleasure with a long finish.I 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. Aha.First 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 at you. But the underlying themes of our relationship with the past a [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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.

    6. 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 is Lively's understanding of what I'm going to be daring (#pretentious) and call the 'psychic infrastructure' of her chosen subject. This could never be called a Big Nov [...]

    7. A typically English novel but while I was reading it I felt reminded of many situations in my own life. The lack of emotion/passion 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 characters highly believable. The main character falls in love with apparently as much emotion as she invests in any reflection about work or anything else. Relentlessly English, this [...]

    8. Well-written but I couldn't get into taking the central conflict of the affair all that seriously. The protagonist floats through her life sort of like an Anita Brookner character, which I think is realistic, but not all that compelling in this novel.

    9. I always enjoy Penelope Lively stories and when I can't think of anything else to read she is reliable choice. This story of a middle-aged woman who gets word that her widowed father has checked himself into a nursing home due to Parkinson's related dementia seemed a perfect book for me.The protagonist, Ann Linton, is married to a lawyer, has two teenagers, teaches at a private school and gets roped into civil improvement projects by a friend. There is nothing wrong with her life, but it has gon [...]

    10. I'm dragging out reading the rest of Penelope Lively's back catalogue as they are all near classics and there isn't that long until the day that it will run out on me.

    11. This is the first book I've read by Penelope Lively and I found it interesting. The central character, Ann, finds her life unsettled by the realisation that the father she thought she knew was in fact more complex than she'd imagined. This starts a process which leads her to reflect on other aspects of her life and things which she hitherto didn't really question. I think a lot of people go through a similar process of reassessing their lives at some point (although not necessarily because of an [...]

    12. I found this book easy to read as a smoothly written, cohesive and well-told story. It is a universal tale of a middle aged woman looking inward, of her personal growth during a challenging time in her life told in a profoundly English, reserved manner. Despite it's stoicism though, there is some humour and lightness between the lines which left me with an overall impression of having been entertained rather than left feeling glum. There is a little spark at the end that was perhaps predictable [...]

    13. About the forth PL book I've read. I must admit I gravitated towards this in a second hand bookstore as I grew up not far from Lichfield which is a small town in England. This dragged for the first 60 or so pages. Very ordinary middle England people doing ordinary things, slowly. But it picked up in the second half when the main characters relationship with her dying father was unpicked and there was a great scene recalled by many characters in retrospect set in Coventry cathedral. There is a lo [...]

    14. This book is about an affair but if you're looking for mindless passion and/or detailed bonking sessions, read no further. Penelope Lively has written a subtle and for me, psychologically true account of what it is like to deceive another and more importantly why we would. The small disappointments, the disinterest the husband displayed were so telling. I just wish I could have got to know David a little more. Otherwise though, a very satisfying read.

    15. I didn't love this. But the portrayal of the indifferent husband I thought was well done. I found the parallel romances a little cliche.

    16. The story of The Road To Lichfield follows Anne Linton, a woman whose father is reaching the end of his life, and so has to take regular trips south to visit him and begin sorting through his house. Over this period of time - my guess would be between six months and a year - Anne's life changes substantially. Despite this, it still feels like a very quiet, everyday story, which is testament to the way Lively handles it.The writing style is beautiful in an understated way that doesn't draw too mu [...]

    17. "The Road to Litchfield" is the story of Anne Linton whose father is in a nursing home in Litchfield, three hours away from her home. The focus is on Anne's memories during her visits, her current life with a husband and two children, her interactions with people in her community who are trying to save historic buildings, and her chance meeting with a friend of her father's. This is a book you savor for its writing and its truthfulness about human emotions.In a New York Times Book Review cover s [...]

    18. The Road to Lichfield by Penelope LivelyI thought this a wonderful story. Published in 1977 and nominated for the Booker Prize, I wonder how and why I missed reading this book then. I think older people would appreciate this novel far more than the young. The events are incredibly ordinary and therefore easily believed, but the observations of the main character Anne Liston are extraordinarily perceptive especially regarding the passage of time and memory's peculiar selection/reflection of it. W [...]

    19. I've known Penelope Lively's name for years but somehow never read any of her books. I'd just ordered her latest work (a garden memoir) when I discovered this little novel at Half Price Books. I decided to take a chance since it was only $3.00. Not much of a chance really as I stood in the store reading the first page and was immediately entranced with Lively's language. A beautifully written book about the last days of an aging parent. Driving to visit her father at the nursing home and then ta [...]

    20. It was good if not great, Anne's life in the community is amusing, particularly in the reluctant activist role.

    21. A first novel - goodness! So rich and with such depth to the character of Anne Linton and to the goings on around her I identified with much of her life and felt I lived it as I read.

    22. This story felt like looking into a slice of someone's life. I especially found the discussion on what history means to us, and how subjective experience is intriguing.

    23. Liked but not loved - it felt like it had been meticulously planned and intended to Make Important Points about Things. Not so much my thing.

    24. It’s never fun to go downhill and lose your memory. Anne Linton must care for her father and learn of his infidelity to her mother. How much do we really know about our families?

    25. The Road to Lichfield was Penelope Lively’s first novel for an adult audience, after a stream of varied and inventive children’s books, including the Carnegie Medal winning The Ghost of Thomas Kempe (interesting fact for lovers of book-related trivia: Penelope Lively is the only author to have won both the Carnegie Medal and the Booker prize).Like her children’s books, and like many of her subsequent novels, The Road to Lichfield explores themes of memory, identity and the impact of the pa [...]

    26. Yes, the story development is subtle and the dialogue is muted. That is what I liked so much about it, especially after reading 3 American novels, the last of which was pure fluff. I must say I had to warm up to the book, say by Chapter 5 it had me, but I felt that fitting. I enjoyed the delicate comic tone, finding Anne's reaction to the absurdity around her quite hilarious. I am attracted to Lively's work because I share a deep affinity for the past, although I lack her knowledge on subjects s [...]

    27. Although very well written, this book can't help but feel a little bit dated somehow. The dialogue was far too formal and muted for me to ever really empathise with the supposed emotional turmoil of the characters. On the whole it was a fairly gentle read with an incredibly simplistic plot. The metaphor of the demolition of the old cottage throughout was a bit too obvious, but having said this there was some beautiful writing, and several lines which truly resonated enough with me for it to have [...]

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