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Human Croquet (1997)

de Kate Atkinson

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Once it had been the great forest of Lythe - a vast and impenetrable thicket of green.And here, in the beginning, lived the Fairfaxes, grandly, at Fairfax Manor, visited once by the great Gloriana herself. But over the centuries the forest had been destroyed, replaced by Streets of Trees.The Fairfaxes have dwindled too; now they live in 'Arden' at the end of Hawthorne Close and are hardly a family at all. But Isobel Fairfax, who drops into pockets of time and out again, knows about the past. She is sixteen and waiting for the return of her mother - the thin, dangerous Eliza with her scent of nicotine, Arp ge and sex, whose disappearance is part of the mystery that still remains at the heart of the forest.… (mais)
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    Behind the Scenes at the Museum de Kate Atkinson (starfishian)
    starfishian: Atkinson has written books in a variety of genres, settings and topics. Human Croquet reminds me very much of Behind the Scenes; if you liked one, no doubt you will like the other.
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    Life After Life de Kate Atkinson (KayCliff)
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    Garden Spells de Sarah Addison Allen (bnbookgirl)
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Not my favorite Kate Atkinson so far, but an engrossing story from the viewpoint of Isobel Fairfax, who along with her brother lost their mother in the woods when young, and it's unclear whether she was killed or why the father left the kids with older relatives. Isobel occasionally lapses into a different time, but I was somewhat unclear why that happened except to show some instability and make one question the reliability of the narrator. There were a few moments where I struggled with some squeamishness. The alternate possibilities at the end were interesting. ( )
  lisahistory | Jul 29, 2021 |
Atkinson's second novel shows the wonderful play with time and knowledge that became stunning in "Life After Life" and especially in "A God in Ruins". Sixteen year old Isobel Fairfax, the unlikely heroine seems to be going in and out of time distortions. They happen unexpectedly and for short periods, and Isobel, though confused by this weird phenomena, is not particularly disturbed by them, at least not at first. Plus there's the mystery of where her mother is, her father's "amnesia", and all the characters in the town, whose secret lives are slowly becoming apparent to Isobel in particular. It starts out rather benignly, but becomes quite dark. ( )
  Marse | Jul 13, 2021 |
This is Kate Atkinson's second novel, and it shows a little. It has all the ingredients of her later novels, but the structure is a little shaky. The writing is still good, the concept works, the characters are interesting, but the construction of the novel--which flips back and forth in time--is not as strong, so that you can guess much of what happens in advance, and the reveals aren't all doled out as well as they should be.

It's still a delight to read, though. ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
I love Kate Atkinson. This was a surprise for me, not knowing these alternative/multiple strains of time and personal histories were already in her repertoire at this early stage. This one was perhaps less polished than the later ones, at times a bit confusing but nonetheless delightfully dark and sinister read. Dod not see any of this coming as I started! ( )
  Iira | Mar 14, 2020 |
I had no idea that Kate Atkinson was set on the path of multiple lives/time travel so early in her writing career. People in 1997 must have been completely tripped out by this one. It takes place in a haunty part of England, in a town dominated by the Lady Oak tree, which allegedly has William Shakespeare's initials carved on it. The narrator is Isobel, daughter of a misbegotten marriage between her fey mother Eliza and her straight-as-nails father Gordon. After Eliza and her father disappear, separately and mysteriously, she lives a meager life with her despicably awful grandmother and aunt, right out of Cinderella. But she, and the household, slip through slits in time, and as in Atkinson's recent novels, what is real and what isn't, what could be and what wasn't, is never quite certain for the reader. It's sheer pleasure to sit on Isobel's shoulder and observe (happily, not to be her!) as it all unwinds. There's a kind of summing-up rush at the end which is not as smooth as it is almost two decades later, but fans of Atkinson's Life After Life and A God In Ruins will want to hit her back catalogue for sure. ( )
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Isobel Fairfax, the heroine of ''Human Croquet,'' is an omniscient narrator who, paradoxically, often hasn't a clue about what has really happened. Like Ruby Lennox, the droll narrator of ''Behind the Scenes at the Museum,'' Isobel is a child with knowledge of family history and world events beyond and outside herself -- but somehow her possession of such wisdom is nevertheless plausible. She knows the past, she knows the future, but comprehending the present is an elusive task. Atkinson has a deft ability to convey that quality of simultaneous knowing and not knowing that is fundamental to human thought. In this way, both her novels feature a Muriel Sparkish motif of the narrative voice alternately running ahead and lagging behind the steadily advancing sequence of events.

adicionado por KayCliff | editarNew York Times, Weber. Katharine (Jul 6, 1997)
 
The quirky imagination, subversive humor and instinct for domestic chaos that Atkinson displayed in her first novel, Whitbread winner Behind the Scenes at the Museum, are rampantly evident again here, as the British author audaciously fuses several genres in a story that does not quite live up to expectations.
 

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Once it had been the great forest of Lythe - a vast and impenetrable thicket of green.And here, in the beginning, lived the Fairfaxes, grandly, at Fairfax Manor, visited once by the great Gloriana herself. But over the centuries the forest had been destroyed, replaced by Streets of Trees.The Fairfaxes have dwindled too; now they live in 'Arden' at the end of Hawthorne Close and are hardly a family at all. But Isobel Fairfax, who drops into pockets of time and out again, knows about the past. She is sixteen and waiting for the return of her mother - the thin, dangerous Eliza with her scent of nicotine, Arp ge and sex, whose disappearance is part of the mystery that still remains at the heart of the forest.

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