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The Lessons by Naomi Alderman

The Lessons (original 2010; edition 2011)

by Naomi Alderman

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Title:The Lessons
Authors:Naomi Alderman
Info:Penguin Books, London
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:fiction, Oxford

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The Lessons by Naomi Alderman (2010)




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This was my first encounter with Naomi Alderman's writing and it turned out to be very appealing: the spiritual love-child of The Secret History and Brideshead Revisited, which are two of my favourite novels. It follows the isolated, agnostic James who arrives as an undergraduate in Oxford, only to find that a running accident in his first term brings him into the orbit of the beautiful, fabulously rich and self-consciously dissolute Mark Winters. This troubled but captivating young man will come to influence not only James's time at Oxford but his life far beyond that. Conjuring up the intense feel of student life and undergraduate friendships, the book never quite shakes off the shadow of Brideshead (with which it shares a great deal), but nevertheless it's elegant, sensitive and thoroughly nostalgic.

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'The Lessons' portrays the feted world of the Oxford undergraduate and tells of shattered hopes, destructive love and dark family secrets. From the author of 'Disobedience'.

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