An equal stillness kay francesca. An Equal Stillness : Francesca Kay : 9780297855491 2019-02-14

An equal stillness kay francesca Rating: 8,1/10 102 reviews

What am I reading?: An Equal Stillness

an equal stillness kay francesca

Much of the passion was very female to my male eyes, so I was a little surprised when the author of the biography was revealed to be the son. The discussion of the live of women is furthered by an exploration of the lives of the women who surround her, such as her mother and sister. At first glance the structure could be a bit of a cliche. Born in Yorkshire to a mournful clergyman and a mother who yearns for the Jamaica of her youth, she escapes into the beauty of the landscape. The competing claims of marriage and family on the one hand, and art on the other, provide one of the principal themes of this novel. Add a husband who is worried that his wife is more talented as an artist than he is and the odds get even longer. But the lives of the sculptor Barbara Hepworth and her artist husband Ben Nicholson have clearly influenced her work.

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An Equal Stillness : Francesca Kay : 9780753825655

an equal stillness kay francesca

This is a romantic viewpoint and - again - the impersonal biographical device allows it. Much of the passion was very female to my male eyes, so I was a little surprised when the author of the biography was revealed to be the son. The notes that jarred w 4. Taking in the story felt more like admiring a beautiful portrait. The family scenes are the best: they're messy and uncomfortably grounded in scenes where you have to come down off the ladder and stop slopping around with paint. I really liked this book.

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Francesca Kay author information

an equal stillness kay francesca

I love the characters, especially Jennet Mellow, who is so well drawn and alive. Add a husband who is worried that his wife is more talented as an artist than he is and the odds get even longer. Lovely novel with vivid description I rather liked this book and found it compelling. How to show that thinness, that colourlessness full of colour, the way that ice in sunshine is both mirror and source of light? In the drab post-war years she forges an early career as a painter, both inspired and constrained by her marriage to another artist, David Feaver. The writing is beautiful and the descriptions of place are truly evocative and real. So, please help us - if the information about this author is out of date or inaccurate, and you know of a more complete source, please.

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An Equal Stillness, By Francesca Kay

an equal stillness kay francesca

This is another first novel - Francesca Kay was the winner of the in 2009. Imaginary paintings are described so exactly you can see the brushstrokes! I will certainly be reading more of Francesca Kay now that I have found her. All through the novel, until almost at the end, we are not told who the biographer is, merely that they were very close to their subject, although it isn't difficult to work out who it is. Some of the names seem to be referencing her and her life too and it was interesting to see that confirmed in the author's notes at the back. It's best to prepare yourself for this, a tableau of delicately nuanced hues, bars and lines wherever you look; the vast canvases Jenner uses are also the narrative tableaux of this novel, but its main subject remains perpetually opaque, as if Jenner has her back to the reader, or is looking askance into a rarefied recess where the reader cannot go. Her dilemmas mirror those of women everywhere.

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Women's Prize for Fiction An Equal Stillness

an equal stillness kay francesca

It is written in a rather cool, detached manner, leaving the reader one step removed from the subject matter which is how, I suppose, you are meant to feel when reading a biography. The story is of the journey through the life of Jennet; of her loves and lusts, of her children and the struggles therein, of her art, of her family and of betrayal. You with your command of words, and besides, you were the closest. The notes that jarred were the self-flagellation of the character when her behaviour merely matched that of the men. On top of this, we are given an interesting discussion of the art of biography. The notes that jarred w 4.

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An Equal Stillness, By Francesca Kay

an equal stillness kay francesca

Written in the form of a biography, An Equal Stillness is an outstanding debut, breathtaking in the poise and beauty of its language and craft. Her descriptions of paintings are masterly A stunning book and such a pleasure to read. The competing claims of marriage and family on the one hand, and art on the other, provide one of the p An Equal Stillness is a novel posing as a biography of a painter, Jennet Mallow. But as Jennet's career flourishes, her relationship with David suffers - with potentially tragic consequences. Yet more often the author successfully shares with us her delight in the world. When she meets the handsome painter David Heaton they begin a tempestuous affair which takes them from the dank terraces of London to a bohemian artistic community in St Ives. All through the novel, until almost at the end, we are not told who the biographer is, merely that they were very close to their subject, although it isn't difficult to work out who it This novel is written as if it were a biography of the main character, Jennet Mallow, an acclaimed artist, following her recent death.

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Book Review: An Equal Stillness by Francesca Kay

an equal stillness kay francesca

If you want to find out more about me or the books I write myself, please go to my website at www. Later, in the closing scenes of the novel, she finds a different kind of space at Ravens in the Yorkshire moors where 'long empty hours of silence filled with nothing, hours in which she might embalm herself in the fine stuff of dreams'. It's a couple of weeks since I finished reading An Equal Stillness and I've read another book since, but I'll do my best to draw on a dippy memory middle age for women must be prime time for the repeated chant, 'now what did I come in here for? It's best to prepare yourself for this, a tableau of delicately nuanced hues, bars and lines wherever you look; the vast canvases Jenner uses are also the narrative tableaux of this novel, but its main subject remains perpetually opaque, as if Jenner has her back to the reader, or is looking askance into a rarefied recess where the reader cannot go. Unlike her, David can retain a detachment from the responsibilities of parenthood. Her dilemmas mirror those of women everywhere. But, somehow, like many other painters and writers, Jennet manages to juggle home and artistic career, though there are casualties among her children and her lovers. I really enjoyed this book.

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What am I reading?: An Equal Stillness

an equal stillness kay francesca

Though she wins the Whistler Prize, she still regards David as the greater talent and herself as the passive muse. This device enables the novelist to take an overview of the life, compressing long periods of time into short sections of narrative and it also allows for authorial reflection. I think Jennet Mallow is right up there with Jane Eyre in fictional heriones. Throughout I had in mind someone like Barbara Hepworth for Jennet Mallow. Someone suggests that the narrator should write her biography and, after initially demurring, the anonymous narrator is persuaded to do so. From relatively scant details, we nevertheless gain a comprehensive overview of the protagonist, her husband, her kids and her parents. Born in 1924, Jennet grows up in Yorkshire.

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