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Lessons: the Sunday Times bestselling new novel from the author of Atonement (edição: 2023)

de Ian McEwan (Autor)

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Fiction. Literature. When the world is still counting the cost of the Second World War and the Iron Curtain has descended, young Roland Baines's life is turned upside down. He is two thousand miles from his mother's protective love, stranded at an unusual boarding school, when his vulnerability attracts his piano teacher, Miriam Cornell, leaving scars as well as a memory of love that will never fade. Twenty-five years later, Roland's wife mysteriously vanishes, and he finds himself alone with their baby son. He is forced to confront the reality of his rootless existence. As the radiation from the Chernobyl disaster spreads across Europe, he begins a search for answers that looks deep into his family history and will last for the rest of his life. From the Suez and Cuban Missile crises and the fall of the Berlin Wall to the Covid pandemic and climate change, Roland sometimes rides with the tide of history but more often struggles against it. Haunted by lost opportunities, he seeks solace through every possible meansliterature, travel, friendship, drugs, sex, and politics. A profound love is cut tragically short. Then, in his final years, he finds love again in another form. His journey raises important questions. Can we take full charge of the course of our lives without damage to others? How do global events beyond our control shape our lives and our memories? And what can we learn from the traumas of the past? Epic, mesmerizing, and deeply humane, Lessons is a chronicle for our timesapowerful meditation on history and contingency through the prism of one man's lifetime.… (mais)
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Título:Lessons: the Sunday Times bestselling new novel from the author of Atonement
Autores:Ian McEwan (Autor)
Informação:Vintage (2023), Edition: 1, 496 pages
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Lessons de Ian McEwan

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    WendyRobyn: Both books follow the events and relationships of one man's life span against the backdrop of his times (mostly the 20th century, although McEwan's setting is a few decades later). Both demonstrate the way a life is both coherent yet full of chance, and entirely individual while sharing the themes of its generation.… (mais)
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Tja, wat kan ik hier eigenlijk allemaal over zeggen? Dit is zoveel! Gewoonweg waanzinnig hoeveel McEwan in deze roman heeft gestoken. Om te beginnen is er het persoonlijk verhaal van Roland Baines, van zijn 11 jaar tot een heel stuk in 70. Baines is eigenlijk een sympathieke sukkelaar die maar wat aanmoddert in het leven, niks maakt van zijn opmerkelijke intelligentie of van zijn talent als pianist, maar die uiteindelijk toch ons hart weet te winnen. En dat is waarschijnlijk vooral omdat Baines zich maar al te zeer bewust is van zijn tekortkomingen en mislukkingen, er voortdurend over reflecteert, mijmert over hoe hij de dingen anders had kunnen aanpakken, over hoe hij zijn leven in handen had kunnen nemen in plaats het te ondergaan. In zekere zin heeft McEwan met Baines een variante gecreëerd op Stoner van John Williams. Met dit verschil, dat hij aan het begin van het verhaal de jonge tiener Baines verwikkeld laat geraken in wat we nu duidelijk een geval van seksueel misbruik zouden noemen (door een pianolerares). Gevolg is dat je je als lezer heel de roman door afvraagt of Baines’ onmacht in het leven het gevolg is van die vroege beschadiging. En het is juist groots van McEwan dat hij daar ook na meer dan 450 bladzijden geen duidelijk antwoord op geeft, alsof hij wil benadrukken dat dader- en slachtofferschap niet zo duidelijk af te lijnen zijn als we gemakshalve aannemen. Idem met de figuur van Alissa, de vrouw van Baines die hem laat zitten met hun 6 maanden oude baby, enkel en alleen om een succesrijke schrijverscarrière te kunnen waarmaken. Ook Alissa, op veel momenten afgeschilderd als een echt kreng, is allesbehalve een eenduidig figuur in het verhaal. En zo kan je maar doorgaan.
Nog een plus is dat deze roman, gespreid over voortdurend wisselende tijdsmomenten, een knap beeld heeft van de meer dan 75 jaar, van 1945 tot 2020, waarbij McEwan regelmatig inzoomt op grote wereldgebeurtenissen zoals de Cubacrisis of de val van de Berlijnse muur, tot en met de covid-crisis.
En dan is er de literaire stijl: die is constant van zo’n hoog niveau, dat je zonder moeite van de ene tijdsperiode naar de andere springt, in en uit het hoofd van Roland Baines en zijn wederwaardigheden. Toch vergt McEwan wel wat van de lezer: het is lang geleden dat ik nog zo lang gedaan heb over een roman, zo intens was het bij momenten.
Ik zou hier nog veel meer over kunnen schrijven, maar mijn boodschap is intussen wel duidelijk: lees dit! ( )
  bookomaniac | May 23, 2024 |
[a:Ian McEwan|2408|Ian McEwan|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1404240951p2/2408.jpg]'s [b:Lessons|60092581|Lessons|Ian McEwan|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1650842106l/60092581._SY75_.jpg|94752488] is an old-fashioned, compassionate, multi-generational tale of a literary figure, this time a mother who leaves her baby son and her husband to become a novelist, and the father who stays home and raises the child. I couldn't put it down. ( )
  featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
While not a devotee of Ian McEwan, I was flat blown away by his hefty 500-page epic novel, LESSONS . (2022). It will appeal to anyone who appreciates fine writing, but I suspect people of my age group (I'm 80) will especially relish the story of Roland Baines, a boomer born to a British Army Major shortly after the close of the Second World War. He spent much of his childhood at army posts in Libya and Germany before being sent, at eleven, to a boys boarding school in England, where he spent the next five years. It was during the Cuban Missile Crisis that Roland rudely came of age, at the hands of his piano teacher, a woman eleven years older, in an abusive relationship that continued for two years, and was to have profound and far-reaching effects. He dropped out of school and spent years wandering the globe, unable to commit himself to either family or any one profession. An early marriage ends when his wife deserts him, leaving him to raise their son on his own, and he engages in numerous serial monogamous affairs, living on the edge of poverty for years. His wife, on the other hand goes on to become one of Germany's most famous writers.

Buy this is only a small kernel of the story McEwan's omniscient narrator tells in this sprawling tale of world wars and the many changes, historical, political, technological and cultural, that took place over the past 75 or 80 years. And those events and changes are all folded into the intimate details of the fractured family history of Roland Baines and his parents, grandparents, siblings and half-siblings, a history of long-kept secrets, cruelty and heartbreak.

But enough said. I know 500 pages is a major investment of time for any reader, but I savored every page. McEwen has obviously done his research, but he also lived through the times represented here, and then added fictionalized elements from his own life and family. I googled him, and he's just a few years younger than I am. And I was hooked from the Cuban Missile Crisis era of the book. His Roland Baines was fourteen then. I was eighteen and in the middle weeks of Basic Training with the US Army at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. A very tense and terrifying time. Hell yes, I remember.

This is one helluva good book. I loved it. My very highest recommendation.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER ( )
  TimBazzett | May 7, 2024 |
This feels much longer than most of McEwan's books, which often delivered short, nasty shocks in exquisite language. This is exactly what Lessons does at the start. Fractured timelines, shocking sexual transgression, acute description, all link up to deliver an extraordinary start. But then comes then longeur of life. McEwan scruitises ordinary and extraordinary lives and the accidents and sacrifices that may, or may not, make both. Ebbs and flows of relationships are linked with comic or desperate episodes. Reconciliation may or may not be on the cards. This is the book of a writer in the later part of his career writing about a man through the vicissitudes of a life that is both ordinary and exceptional, maybe like most of us. Come for the fireworks of the beginning, stay for the slow burning embers of a well lived life. ( )
  otterley | Mar 27, 2024 |
The latest Ian McEwan: from The Cement Garden/In Between the Sheets at university through to Lessons as I approach my golden years!

Lessons tells the story of Roland Baines, from pre-birth through to his early seventies, from pre-WWII through to Covid via the Cuban Missile Crisis, Cold War, Reunification of Germany and Chernobyl and how these major historical events effect the course of his life.

Left alone with baby son Lawrence, Roland is forced to face his own shortcomings, question his concept of freedom, fulfilment, achievement and perfection, revisit his childhood, his time at boarding school and above all his piano lessons with Miss Miriam Cornell.

Sad, disturbing, wryly amusing, moving and thought-provoking, Lessons is an engrossing read covering family secrets, physical abuse, sexual abuse, a farcical criminal investigation, the tricks and tips to writing unsuitable greetings card messages, a Cumbrian face off between two old men, the lasting magic of The Owl and the Pussycat and whether lessons can be learnt from what has gone before.

A single sentence is a story in itself, a paragraph covers a lifetime and a chapter introduces enough characters to fill a book. A lesson in how to write a standout novel. Doesn’t disappoint! ( )
  geraldine_croft | Mar 21, 2024 |
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Fiction. Literature. When the world is still counting the cost of the Second World War and the Iron Curtain has descended, young Roland Baines's life is turned upside down. He is two thousand miles from his mother's protective love, stranded at an unusual boarding school, when his vulnerability attracts his piano teacher, Miriam Cornell, leaving scars as well as a memory of love that will never fade. Twenty-five years later, Roland's wife mysteriously vanishes, and he finds himself alone with their baby son. He is forced to confront the reality of his rootless existence. As the radiation from the Chernobyl disaster spreads across Europe, he begins a search for answers that looks deep into his family history and will last for the rest of his life. From the Suez and Cuban Missile crises and the fall of the Berlin Wall to the Covid pandemic and climate change, Roland sometimes rides with the tide of history but more often struggles against it. Haunted by lost opportunities, he seeks solace through every possible meansliterature, travel, friendship, drugs, sex, and politics. A profound love is cut tragically short. Then, in his final years, he finds love again in another form. His journey raises important questions. Can we take full charge of the course of our lives without damage to others? How do global events beyond our control shape our lives and our memories? And what can we learn from the traumas of the past? Epic, mesmerizing, and deeply humane, Lessons is a chronicle for our timesapowerful meditation on history and contingency through the prism of one man's lifetime.

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