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Moon Tiger (1987)

by Penelope Lively

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Claudia Hampton, a beautiful, famous writer, lies dying in hospital. But, as the nurses tend to her with quiet condescension, she is plotting her greatest work: "a history of the world...and in the process, my own". Gradually she re-creates the rich mosaic of her life and times, conjuring up those she has known. There is Gordon, her adored brother, and Jasper, her charming, untrustworthy lover and father of Lisa, her cool, conventional daughter. Then there is Tom, her one great love, both found and lost in wartime Egypt. Penelope Lively's Booker Prize-winning novel weaves an exquisite mesh of memories, flashbacks and shifting voices, in a haunting story of loss and desire.… (more)

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Read 2019, favourite. ( )
  sasameyuki | May 14, 2020 |
Admired but not enjoyed, impressive but depressing, suceeded in its cleverness but failed to engage. ( )
  DougLasT | Apr 27, 2020 |
(070416) At this time I'm tired of war time settings.
  jack2410 | Feb 20, 2020 |
Superbly written with an exciting protagonist whose character grows in scope and magnitude with each chapter. Not always a likeable person, but definitely a memorable one! ( )
  carliwi | Sep 23, 2019 |

I thought this was a tremendously good book - the story of Claudia Hampton's life, her lovers, her family, her travels through the world of the twentieth century; there are many memorable scenes, particularly from the wartime section set in Egypt. The narrative style combines first-person, a bit of onmniscience, and tight-third, the last of these sometimes from other perspectives than Claudia's (occasionally recapitulating the same scene from a different point of view), creating the sense of a life story that consists of many pieces that can be observed from different perspectives and in different ways as they are assembled to make a whole. It really grabbed me. ( )
  nwhyte | Sep 23, 2018 |
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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141188316, 0141044845

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