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Jigsaw : an unsentimaental education : a biographical novel

Author: Sybille Bedford
Publisher: New York, NY : The New York Review of Books, [1989]
Series: New York Review Books classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Bedford's autobiographical novel paints a vivid picture of life in 1920s Europe between the wars. From her first novel, A Legacy--a book admired by novelists (among them Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford), critics, and readers on both sides of the Atlantic--to her acclaimed life of Aldous Huxley, Sybille Bedford's writings have given great delight. And all the wit, feeling, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Domestic fiction
Autobiographical fiction
Historical fiction
Fiction
Named Person: Aldous Huxley; Aldous Huxley
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sybille Bedford
ISBN: 9781681371917 168137191X
OCLC Number: 1003252283
Notes: "With an introduction by the author"--Cover.
"Originally published in Great Britain by Hamish Hamilton, London."--Title page verso.
Description: xv, 328 pages ; 21cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Antecedent : Germany --
Fugitives : Italy --
In transit : Englan --
Italy --
Anchorage : France --
Landslides : Sanary --
London --
Sanary.
Series Title: New York Review Books classics.
Responsibility: by Sybille Bedford.

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"Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Bedford's autobiographical novel paints a vivid picture of life in 1920s Europe between the wars. From her first novel, A Legacy--a book admired by novelists (among them Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford), critics, and readers on both sides of the Atlantic--to her acclaimed life of Aldous Huxley, Sybille Bedford's writings have given great delight. And all the wit, feeling, and elegance of perception her readers have come to expect are brilliantly present in this, her first book in fifteen years. She moves now in the borderland between fiction and biography to tell the story of a young woman who will one day be a writer, growing up in the 1920s in a world at one moment bright with grace and pleasure, at the next bewildering and dark--and of the lives that touch and color hers. It is the story of an unsentimental education that begins in the Grand Duchy of Baden, in a small chateau increasingly threadbare after the Great War. Here the narrator's father, who was himself raised "not exactly to money but to the sweetness of life," instructs the solitary child (her mother absent, having taken a lover) in decorums already vanishing. It is an education suddenly deflected to the dazzling Italian countryside, to the company of the clever, beautiful, and seductive mother who is the lodestar of the narrator's young life, by turns embracing her daughter, banishing her to England and the generosity of others, and calling her back--now no longer to Italy but to Sanary, on the Mediterranean coast of France, where the painter Kisling and his wife, and the Huxleys, Aldous and Maria, are among those who capture the girl's imagination and her heart. Finally we see her--since earliest childhood precociously in charge of herself--as she approaches her twenty-first year, making her way through a society of worldly intelligence whose emotional agenda is far less simple than it seems. In Jigsaw, Sybille Bedford has movingly conveyed an apprenticeship to life, and to a life's work"--

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