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timely topic Marco Rosedale respected but fading TV reporter is accused of historic sexual assault by a woman he topic Marco Rosedale a respected but fading TV reporter is accused of historic sexual assault by a woman he a brief fling with many years earlier The story is narrated by Marco s friend who finds himself caught between the two sides of the story The passive unreliable narrator recalls
Lasdun s similarly excellent The Fall Guy and the difficult subject matter is handled with a seemingly effortless lucidity s similarly excellent The Fall Guy and the difficult subject matter is handled with a seemingly effortless lucidity Lasdun s writing is smooth like chocolate I could have gone on reading this for hundreds pagesTinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr An excellent and highly intelligent take on the metoo era and the murky waters of sexual conduct The two novellas that comprise this novel are elegantly paired both examining in extreme details the sexual attitiudes of middleaged men and their various self delusions The novel carefully tracks the narrators changing allegiances compromised as they are by their uprbinging self image and cultural changes As differrentiated as possible without ever losing sight of its strong moral compass this book is a real achievement and packs an almighty punch at the end. E The past also haunts the present in Afternoon of a Faun where an accusation of historic sexual assault plunges Marco Rosedale an English journalist in New York into a series of deepening crises Together these stories offer a sharply observed vision that will resonate with anyone interested in the clash of power and desire in our embattled contemporary liv. Two highly relevant and challenging tales for these bizarre times Superbly written seemingly effortless but full of subtleties Lasdun is one of the best out there at the moment OK So this book was one of
8 Shortlisted For The Rathbones Folio Prize shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio prize having won the shortlist in a social media raffle I will be reading them all There are Fiction And Non Fiction Memoirs Short Stories And Poetry This and non fiction memoirs short stories and poetry This the first It s not a novel but two novellas There was no obvious linking theme so it felt like two novels that hadn t taken off had been put in one place The first shorter I didn t like at all About a marriage between two dull people slowly breaking down it never really grabbed me The central theory that people inevitably grow apart depressed me It also lacked a sense of place It was set in a mixture of New York and Connecticut but I didn t get a feel for that I ve
been to Connecticut I wanted to settle down and enjoy it to Connecticut I wanted to settle down and enjoy it it could have been anywhere And in a continuity gripe I couldn t understand how two people who married relatively young and had their only child soon after could be nearly 50 when the son was 12The second was eventually bette. SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2020Two timely novellas exploring male sexual violence power and corruption‘ Victory makes a convincing case for James Lasdun as one of the most incisive investigators of the human heart writing in English today An instant masterpiece’ Johanna Thomas Corr ObserverLove and hate desire and guilt friendship and bet.
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featured two men who were dull one weak and the other unpleasant But I grew to enjoy it Maybe aftertwo men who were dull one weak and the other unpleasant But I grew to enjoy it Maybe after pages I settled in to James Lasdun s rather stark writing style maybe it settled being on a story instead of a retrospective retelling Whatever it grew Stars The first is a 2 star story The second was a
Three Tipping Towards Atipping towards a 3 at the end So 3 stars and skip the first storyAs for the prize this didn t win I agree with that If you like Richard Ford or Philip Roth you ll probably like this The prose is deceptively simple the characters lightly drawn These are stories about ideas about contemporary concerns Afternoon of a Faun has a thought provoking ending that is well worth reading the novella for Victory is made up of two stories Feathered Glory is about a married man who confesses to past infidelity while trying to talk some sense into a friend he then finds he can t get the affair out of His Head And Starts To head and starts to his whole life Its painful honesty about relationships put me in mind of Blake Morrison s The Executor Afternoon of a Faun is the longer of the two published as a standalo. Rayal – these are the coordinates that drive James Lasdun’s two intensely gripping darkly comic novellas of men and women caught between their irrational passions and the urge for controlIn Feathered Glory the seemingly happy marriage of a school principal and his artist wife reveals dangerous fault lines as an old lover reappears in the husband’s lif.