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by Graham Swift

Signed by the author, 1st edition. Lightly sun faded spine, gilt top edge
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ISBN: 0330323318
ISBN13: 978-0330323314
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Author: Graham Swift
Language: English
Publisher: Pan Books; 1st edition (1992)
Pages: 261 pages
ePUB size: 1842 kb
FB2 size: 1135 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 738
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This writer is one of the very best. Over the years I have read everything I could find of his. I have never been disappointed. Great writers exist in Ireland,Australia and Geat Britain but many or most of them are unknown to most here in the U.S.A and are not found on our best-seller lists. I am not a critic. I have no dog in the race. You can't find better than Graham Swift.
This is a true masterpiece, subtle, profound, exquisitely written. Among the best in modern literature. The writer offers insights into romantic love, and into the minds of scholars and actresses. It deals with the impact of Darwin's ideas on religious minds. The elegant and precise prose reminds me of the witty twists of Nabokov,and the ironic satire of Italo Svevo. A must read for those who appreciate literature.
A great read- if you want to go to sleep. Very dull.
Ever After is a rumination on death, faith, and finding meaning in life more than a proper novel. The narrator, Bill Unwin, is recovering from a failed suicide. His convalescence is used to muse over the fate of the father he never knew, and who may not even have been his father, and the ravings of his hedonistic mother over the vanity of posterity. Meanwhile, he is withholding the manuscript of one of his Victorian ancestors from a fellow Cambridge don, a vain, publicity-seeking but successful rival. This is finally the motive for a second, parallel plot, in many ways the more interesting, about the Victorian in forebear in question, Matthew Pearce. For Pearce, surveyor, amateur fossil-collector, and son-in-law to the local parson, is a man of his age, scientifically inclined yet religious. Lyell, Darwin cannot fail to attract Pearce, yet they also threaten his marriage and family, his very social standing.

'To be or not to be' is the book's starting point, and indeed Graham makes the parallels explicit. Unwin, for example, suspects his step-father of having been the cause of his father's suicide. The problem is that Ever After functions poorly as a novel. The hero, to start with, is lacking in attractive features. Oh-so-very-British self-deprecation is admirable, but it is hardly a heart-winner on its own, especially without much humour. But the main issue is that the narrative style is too derivative. It only ever offers a thirty-thousand feet view of its characters, failing to bring them to life. This novel is very much second best to Last Orders, and it is a quickly forgotten piece.
What a poignant and eloquent account of life (or at least the illusion of being alive) by an obviously seasoned and sensitive artist!
Swift describes the sublimely vivid yet hazy realizations about a bookish yet intuitive academic's quest for the pure meaning in his life.
Delicious portraits of life in Paris, recollections of finding and losing true love and friendship, and a yearning to prove or disprove the
validity of doctrinized religion are blended amidst the collage of dabbles with sexuality, betrayal, perceptions of human nature, and the
tragic Hamlet condition of jealousy pangs for a mother who, upon close character inspection, has even further muddled the once secure
ideals regarding family and lineage. There is hardly any well-defined escape out of this complicated entangling, but the seemingly nonexistent
resolution may actually shed an enlightening view upon the meaning of existence... if you read closely enough between the lines. Savor this
one and enjoy.
After Waterland and Last Orders I found this rather disappointing. It held me to the end but I began skimming, which I rarely do. It's clever certainly but the prose style, full of disjointed or suspended clauses, struck me as irritating from the outset. The historical sections were too distanced and not fully realised, being brutally snapped off finally in an unconvincing way. Readers who have not read any Graham Swift should look to his more acclaimed novels first.