"Two Lives: Reading Turgenev & My House in Umbria" - two novels by William Trevor. "Evocative and haunting. Trevor writes like an angel, but is determined to wring your heart". ("Daily Mail"). "Marvellous, superb. As rich and moving as anything I have read in years. When I reach the end...I wanted to start right again at the beginning". ("Guardian ...
"Two Lives: Reading Turgenev & My House in Umbria" - two novels by William Trevor. "Evocative and haunting. Trevor writes like an angel, but is determined to wring your heart". ("Daily Mail"). "Marvellous, superb. As rich and moving as anything I have read in years. When I reach the end...I wanted to start right again at the beginning". ("Guardian"). In "Reading Turgenev" an Irish country girl is trapped in a loveless marriage with an older man, but finds release through secret meetings with a man who shares her passion for Russian novels. "My House in Umbria" tells of Emily Delahunty, a writer of romantic novels, who helps the survivors of a bomb attack on a train to convalesce, inventing colourful pasts for her patients. Two novels, two women who retreat further into the realm of the imagination until the boundaries between what is real and what is not become blurred..."One of the most beautiful and memorable things Trevor has written". ("Independent on Sunday"). "Reading Turgenev" was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Readers of "Love and Summer" and "Felicia's Journey" will adore "Two Lives". It will also be cherished by readers of Colm Toibin and William Boyd. William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork. He has written eighteen novels and novellas, and hundreds of short stories, for which he has won a number of prizes including the Hawthornden Prize, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the David Cohen Literature Prize in recognition of a lifetime's literary achievement. In 2002 he was knighted for his services to literature. His books in Penguin are: "After Rain"; "A Bit on the Side"; "Bodily Secrets"; "Cheating at Canasta"; "The Children of Dynmouth"; "The Collected Stories" (Volumes One and Two); "Death in Summer"; "Felicia's Journey"; "Fools of Fortune"; "The Hill Bachelors"; "Love and Summer"; "The Mark-2 Wife"; "Selected Stories"; "The Story of Lucy Gault" and "Two Lives".
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Publishers Weekly, 1992-06-29 Trevor juxtaposes an exquisite pair of mirroring narratives: an unhappily married woman's half-imaginary romance, and a romance author's experience of terrorism. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1991-06-21 One of our modern masters, Trevor ( Fools of Fortune ; Family Sins ) is in top form with this exquisite pair of mirroring narratives. The first novella, ``Reading Turgenev,'' is the story of a woman who, denied love in her marriage, turns to a half-imaginary romance with a cousin who reads Turgenev to her in a cemetery; later, she desolately retreats into the shadowy world of her memories and desires. ``My House in Umbria'' is a first-person narrative about an aging writer of romances with a mysterious past whose fiction exhibits resolution and a kind of tranquility. A passenger on a train attacked by terrorists, the writer takes in a group of fellow survivors of the blast. Their healing becomes cathartic for her, bringing elements of her past to the surface. The two lives thus limned provide a balanced pair of portraits, one of a woman who avoids reality and the other of one who confronts it. Told in Trevor's graceful, evocative language, these narratives are further evidence of the author's sublime grasp of the complexities of human relationships. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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