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Ion which sometimes comes in a crystal clear moment of nlightenment and other times in a hard won battle for clarity Through the pisodes that Ms Hadley chooses to illuminate we begin to s Clever is defined as intelligent ingenious insightful It doesn t mean wise showing good judgement Stella the narrator is certainly clever but rarely wise Through snapshots of her life from childhood to middle Age We Read How She Faces The Challenges Of Each we read how she faces the challenges of ach of life This book is not for those readers who are attracted to compelling action plots but it is for those who love a well developed character truthful insights and beautiful prose Although my life has been much conventional than Stella s I often remembered thinking similarly knowing I would have done that or said that as a child or teenager felt that as a mother of young children Isn t that an indication of great writingI loved this flawed character with all her foibles admirable ualities and yes cleverness I will soon be reading books by Tessa Hadley Fiction doesn t get better than this This novel follows Stella from her childhood in England to her present day middle age It s an xploration of relationships and class as well as dramatic incidents tragic deaths failed affairs broken dreams So well written that I m sad it s over the highest test was not in what you chose but in how you lived what befell you Normally I do not care for books that are short on dialogue and full of descriptive language or third person narrative but I relished Clever Girl s xuisite language and found myself underlining passage after passage This novel is uiet but riveting Hadley s novel is a 5 star treat for readers who njoy a brilliant character study Having not read any of Hadley s novels previously I was blown away by her style her deft use of language her precision her ability to use just a few sentences or ven a handful of words to conjure up a vivid image in my mind I cannot list all the passages I underlined but will relate just this is one But today I couldn t hear a sound in the house I was the first to break the skin of the day stepping out on the lino which struck its frozen cold up through the warm soles of my feet When I parted the curtains and looked out the familiar scrappy I parted the curtains and looked out the familiar scrappy landscape trellis and dustbins and old bikes and crazy paving stepping stones was glazed in sunshine gleaming from its dip into the night There s something that s truly xtraordinary in the pisodic telling Tessa Hadley s keen ability to capture an Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation emotion an interaction or a juncture is so real that Stella could have walked off the page For readers who love character driven books without l or possibly 45 According to Harold Bloom we read to be less lonely as we can never knownough people Clever Girl is a book so unusually like getting to know a real person that it fulfils this than most do It s written as a novelistic narrative not in a purely conversational style but its directness and the way the narrator reveals her life story most of it is there though with gaps feels inside so very much like listening like company like receiving Gender Justice email or letters rather than a book The use of dashes rather than uotation marks for dialogue also helps thisffect It obviously belongs to the category literary fiction yet without making great Generations and Collective Memory effort to be different has hardly any of the particular cliches which make me cringe when faced with another obviousxample of litfic It s a book that I can imagine some might find boring it s simple someone s life story in pretty much chronological order but I liked it instantly starting like an arly 60s kitchen sink drama Stella soon became someone I could imagine as an interesting older colleague or perhaps a friend of my aunt technically young nough to be my considerably older sister my mother s child and old From Notes to Narrative enough that I could be her child view spoilerIt was still a surprise when shended up as a late starter working in a field somewhat similar to my old work an occupational therapist is someone who I occasionally might have Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America ended up talking to about clients in common hide spoiler. Lows Stella from the shallows of childhood growing up with a single mother in a Bristol bedsit in the 1960s into the murky waters of middle ageClever Girl is a story vivid in its immediacy and rich in drama violent deaths failed affairs broken dreams missed chances Yet it is Hadley’s observations ofveryday life her keen skill at capturing the ways men and women think and feel and relate to one another that dazzles. ,


A uiet deceptively simple novel about one woman s journey through life family upheaval love academia and unplanned motherhood Brilliant despite or because of its reticenceIn that its self contained chapters at times seem to constitute a collection of linked stories it brings to mind Alice Munro s Lives of Girls and Women which also plots a young woman s course through discrete chapters But if there is one book this reminds me most of it is John Williams s Stoner the American campus novel originally published in 1965 that became last year s surprise bestseller Like William Stoner Stella is an ordinary person who takes delight in literature but remains disappointed by the course life has taken Both novels share a gentle air of regretI suspect this is the kind of book that very person not just very woman should reread once a decade to recognize new parts of the view and gain better hindsight on what it has all meant so farSee my full review at The Bookbag Nothing is WastedDomestic Fiction Not something that I had recognized as a separate genre until the London Sunday Times reviewer mentioned it on the back cover of this highly satisfying novel The chronicle of Ordinary Lives But I lives But I that it is something that I greatly njoy and a genre in which Tessa Hadley is an unassuming master Looking back at my review of her recent story collection Married Love I noted that for Hadley the true story lies less in vents than the Married Love I noted that for Hadley the true story lies less in vents than the between them the way people move on with their lives flawed or ordinary though they might be While reading I was aware slightly apologetically that this was not an important novel with grand themes just small lives lived out of the limelight four star territory at most But Hadley reminds you that ven small lives can be lived large and in this sense the novel is large indeed In a touching scene at the nd of the book the heroine an Englishwoman named Stella revisits a childhood friend she hasn t seen for over thirty years hearing his regrets she is about to tell him that nothing is ver wasted And for her it isn t Foraging for Survival even though her life has taken many turns that she did notxpectThe novel traces Stella s life from 5 to 50 A lower middle class girl from Bristol raised by a single mother she goes through all the usual passages childhood friendships adolescent love university odd jobs and Fragments eventual profession marriage and motherhood though not necessarily in that order There is one moment fairlyarly in the book when you realize that the course of her Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries expectations will be disrupted For a moment it seems arbitrary almost a clich But then you realize that life itself is arbitrary and that clich s only seem so because they occur so often Time and again Hadley brings Stella to thedge of a situation you think you have seen before only to do something unexpected with it not necessarily some startling twist but unexpected simply because the course she takes is honest and uniuely hers There are ten chapters ach starts with a little jump in time from the one before a few months a year a decade Ellipses as I say Hadley has no need to connect the dots there might be some rich stories there too but what she gives us is already nough to illuminate an ordinary but fully dimensioned life I am struck by her willingness to leave loose nds untied but also by her ability to turn things around a difficult marriage becoming a contented one for instanceIt occurs to me that the domestic fiction genre is specially English Perhaps there are instanceIt occurs to me that the domestic fiction genre is specially English Perhaps there are other practitioners like Alice Munro in Canada or the Swiss Peter Stamm but the names that come to my mind are predominantly British Penelope Lively Margaret Foster Maggie O Farrell ven in some aspects Kate Atkinson There is also a particular pleasure here for a British reader to return to familiar objects Penguin bars green wellies a girl s hair the colour of conkers chestnuts and past ages from the sixties into the new millennium There is for instance a wonderful description of a cafe where Stella works including posters pinned to a noticeboard advertising yoga classes or feminist readin. Clever Girl is an indelible story of one woman’s life unfolded in a series of beautifully sculpted One Ticket To Texas episodes that illuminate anra moving from the 1960s to today from one of Britain’s leading literary lights Tessa Hadley the author of the New York Times Notable Books Married Love and The London TrainLike Alice Munro and Colm Tóibin Tessa Hadley brilliantly captures the beauty innocence and irony of ordinary lives. G groups or political meetings And through it all there is Hadley s uietly perfect language and powers of observation So let me nd with Stella as a child surprised to be the first to wake first in the house and venturing outside the rest of her journey you can read for yourself But today I couldn t hear a sound in the house I was the first to break the skin of the day stepping out on the lino which struck its frozen cold up through the warm soles of my feet When I parted the curtains and looked out the familiar scrappy back landscape trellis and dustbins and old bikes and crazy paving stepping stones was glazed in sunshine gleaming from its dip into the night I loved Clever Girl which tells the story of Stella a working class girl from Bristol from her years as a child of a single mother through when she is about 50 and a mother herself Her story told in pisodes is a lovely uiet character study I did not want to say goodbye to her when the book nded This blurb about the book says a lot of why I liked it Written with the celebrated precision intensity and complexity that have marked her previous
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Clever Girl is powerful xploration of family relationships and class in modern life witnessed through the xperiences of an Englishwoman named Stella Stella s story demonstrates that as a friend of mine likes to say life is curly not lived in a straight line She has many xperiences that could have defeated her but she just kept going believing at some level that she truly was a clever girlI had such a great feeling at the Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader end of this book it left me feeling optimistic Highly recommended Like one of those dreams where you know it s your houseven though it looks nothing like your house How does it feel to have a baby who doesn t sleep Exactly like this To believe in the holiness of an inanimate thing as a child Like this To cook and clean and love and hate Like this Beyond its immersive ualities the book s appeal lies in the utterly convincing way that mistakes are uickly made uickly resented slowly accepted and beautifully redeemed Oh why didn t this win all the prizes I loved it Beautiful writing but it S The Character Of Stella the character of Stella I Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead enjoyedven fierce but self contained steady and powerful loving and nduring Some apparently find her cold but I didn t it was that she was dealt a certain hand in life and just had to get on with it It s about Stella s life from when she s about 13 I think to her arly 50s Babies and work and tragedy and love and life really The tragedies shook me and tore at my heart like a good book should I think this might now be my favourite Hadley pipping The Past to the post by a pipsueak Look in the dictionary for the definition of clever and you ll find these words uick to understand or apply ideasastute intelligent sharpSo is Stella the protagonist of Tessa Hadley s novel truly a clever girl At one point Stella answers that uestion herself In the wrong contexts cleverness is just an inhibiting clumsiness Stella is the type of girl who outsmarts herself in a sense she is the Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) everywoman of the often chaotic sixties and seventies We meet her when she is only 10 and then in shimmering vignettes follow her until she is in middle age as she struggles against the boringxistence of her mother and stepfather flirts with feminism deals with premature motherhood gets involved in a couple of disastrous love affairs and tries on and discards various selves as she tries on and discards various iterations of life in her uest to find the authentic oneThere is an intimacy in Stella s recounting of her tales that made me think than once that I was reading a memoir A Bristol girl who makes some poor choices and who wrestles with failed affairs and missed chances does not in any sense add up to an Silvers Edge extraordinary character She could just asasily be you or meAnd yet And yet There s something that s truly xtraordinary in the pisodic telling Tessa Hadley s keen ability to capture an Going Berserk emotion an interaction or a juncture is so real that Stella could walk off the page We believe in Stella and we also believe in hervolut. An ability to transform the mundane into the sublime that levates domestic fiction to literary artWritten with the celebrated precision intensity and complexity that have marked her previous works Clever Girl is a powerful xploration of family relationships and class in modern life witnessed through the xperiences of an English woman named Stella Unfolding in a series of snapshots Tessa Hadley’s moving novel fol. ,
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