A marriage partner who takes on obligations to those to whom she has freely bound herself should of course have all sorts of additional life options. How does what you know about Carol Shields as a person affect your reading of her books? Also a very interesting picture of Canadian life. Howards foreword sheds light on the inspiration for and particulars of their collaborating process. Would the novel have been successful - or even completed - if one of the authors had been male? The explanation offered here that a husband and wife agree in advance to communicate only through the mail for one year isnt very plausible, but it suffices for the sake of the story. But it should be kept in mind that both writers are female, and explicitly feminist.
Jock, meanwhile, cant even remember what home life is like, subsisting as she does in a succession of hotel rooms and tiny apartments. Each finds this intimate and exhilarating, as they are able to reveal things that would never be spoken aloud. The letters seemed too planned by the authors, not the characters. Perhaps if this had been in a series and I already knew the characters - it would have been understandable. It sounds like it was rather an annoying read and it was at times , but then I put some thought into it and realized that, generally, this is how small incremental changes become life-changing events — very gradually — so it was effective in the end. I thot they were the same character for a great deal of this book. The husband is somewhat up-ended.
I was not happy with the last few letters I almost threw the book across the room! Unfortunately, unlike her other works, this one lacked any dramatic tension. I felt the story got a little bogged down in the middle of the book and was relieved when it picked up as the problems of being apart started to appear. This is the tale of a husband and wife dealing with a year's separation while the wife takes on a big job on the other side of the country. In her novels and stories, Shields often experiments with using different voices. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. For example, the characters are hurting financially because the husband has lost his job and the wife has not yet b It's a light little read. Which is stange because I am such a huge Carol Shields fan.
It's easy to see how their changing roles and new experiences lead to misunderstandings, but they are helpless to do much about it, living across the country from each other. What other major authors would you compare Shields to, and why? Each tryst is anticipated with a big build up. We watch a twenty year marriage disintegrate despite the partners' best intentions of making the separation work. Just one name for him would've helped me remember it was just one character. Customer service is our top priority!. Later they realistically wonder about making correct choices and the readjustments required - asking the partner in advance for space when they anticipate living together.
The first problem with a contemporary epistolary novel is one of credibility: Apart from e-mail, who nowadays writes enough letters to form a book? The novel explores the effects of a prolonged separation on a long term marriage. We regret the mistakes we watch them make. For example, does Larry Wellers love of garden mazes say anything about the twenty years of his life covered by Larrys Party? Where does her work fit into our literary canon? How do their relationships suffer, or thrive, or even just survive, in the face of such distance? Or is it more often the other way around? Are there particular stories or novels that you find playful? I think it exposes a limitation in Shields' perspective in this novel. I enjoyed this slim book, although it got a little bogged down with the details of Jock's Jocelyn job with the Commission in Ottawa. Her adaptation of A Celibate Season for the stage was a finalist in the National Theatre playwriting competition.
Clever idea for two well-known authors to collaborate on an epistolary work showing how a husband and wife survived a separation of many months because the wife took an engaging job many provinces away in Canada. But now that I've read this epistolary novel I'm fine with the format. I felt the plot needed to fall out of the letters by accident if that makes any sense and instead it was pushed at the reader. Kirjeiden kirjoittamisen ajatus parisuhteen siinä vaiheessa, kun asutaan eri paikkakunnalla, oli jotenkin viehättävä. Do you feel the need to? First published in Canada in 1991, the work follows 10 months in the life of Canadians Jocelyn and Charles Jock and Chas Selby, who vow a season of celibacy when Jock takes a temporary government job on the other side of the continent. Normally, I am partial to books by Carol Shields.
At the end they both know that their re-integration will pose real challenges for both. Is there a respect for the everyday that you dont see in works by other writers? Well, it's taken me almost two years before I read this and once again, I ask myself why did I wait so long? I was pleased to see we've come a bit further since then in gender roles. I could see what was going to happen all the way along, until the end when I thought oh, good it's not going to happen, and then it did anyway! Tulin melkein kateelliseksi avioparille, sillä on vaikea kuvitella, että tällainen keskinäinen kirjeenvaihto olisi mahdollista omassa parisuhteessani. Lots a great Canadiana, including Winnipeg, the weather, politics in Ottawa, bilingualism, and the Royal Commission on Female Poverty. About the Author Carol Shields is the author of ten novels and short-story collections, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Stone Diaries and, most recently, Larry's Party. Many of these entries are intimate and searching, musing ruefully and honestly about the mysteries of the connubial tie.
Both partners learn to turn to others in closer proximity for emotional comfort and approval as they drift further and further apart. It's usually a challenge to remember names in a novel, and I wish authors would keep the names distinct to avoid reader's confusion, having to make notes as I often do, to keep track. I am often baffled by my own book selection process which is totally based on whims of the moment versus actual story value. After recently reading Carol Shields' Stone Diaries, I've been reading everything I can find by her. Carol Shields is wonderful but this book is not. It's a light little read. Also explores themes of feminism and masculinity, poverty and wealth.
The novel achieves a singularity of purpose and tone despite its two-author creation. How their relationship alters and develops over the period of separation. Picked up in the library because I like Carol Shields and hadn't seen this one before. I was encouraged by their return to the basics of their relationship, sharing their hopes and dreams along the way. Are you able to separate the author from her work? I suppose the lesson was understanding that a couple can be close in proximity and take it for granted--that we should cherish the time we have with the one we love.