Bedlam by Greg Hollingshead PDF

By Greg Hollingshead

Conspiracies and paranoia sweep throughout England within the aftermath of the French Revolution, touchdown tea dealer James Tilly Matthews in Bethlem medical institution, a infamous, crumbling domestic for the insane. even if delusional, Matthews additionally seems to be incarcerated for unspecified political purposes, a pawn in a merciless video game of ambition and gear.

Extraordinarily evocative of time and position, Bedlam sweeps the reader right into a international teetering among darkness and lightweight, love and hate. Intellectually bold and profoundly relocating, this is often one other masterwork from a Governor General's Award– profitable writer.

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Others, many of them women (though I think Flaubert fits in here), such as Jane Austen, Alice Munro, George Eliot, Edith Wharton, and Elizabeth Bowen, are especially subtle and precise. They don't cause the language to do more, but they cause it to communicate more perfectly and efficiently. George Eliot, in her use of analogy and extended metaphor, as well as in her very nuanced deployment of conceptual words that would seem dry in the hands of another novelist, is especially good at depicting a whole range of ideas that other authors hardly seem to have thought about.

For an author, adding on may amount to no more than keeping going, day after day accumulating episodes and stories, getting paid by the word and so writing more words. For a reader, adding on may offer primarily the pleasure of familiarity—the WHAT IS A NOVEL? / 9 characters or the narrator's voice or the author's way of thinking become something the reader wants to continue to experience. In a novel, length is always a promise, never a threat. When the protagonist enters, a novel becomes spécifie, and even peculiar, and loses the generality that the other four elements seem to offer.

We were reluctant to help around the house or to go outside and play. We did not have very good manners, because in numerous ways to be cited later, reading books is deleterious to good manners. We did not have good sleep habits, because if we had, we would not have read under the bedcovers with a flashlight, or held the book up to the moon that shone through the window, and ruined our eyes. We were reading because we had two lives, an inner life and an outer life, and they were equally important to us and equally vivid.

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