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Tennyson's Gift [Kindle Edition]

Lynne Truss

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Farce is one of the hardest literary forms to bring off: in Tennyson's Gift Lynne Truss manages the correct combination of inventiveness, planning and energy. All of her historical figures have fixed ideas that make them act against their own best interests--Tennyson is paranoid about reviews and photographs and Lewis Carroll is a snob fascinated by photography and small girls; the painter Watts agonises about past betrayals while ignoring his young actress wife Ellen Terry.

This is all the more a tour-de-force because Truss knows her material well enough to make much of the comic exaggeration come from things that were actually the case--the Tennysons spent their time on the Isle of Wight desperately hoping for a royal visit. She adds to the mix a phrenologist with an obnoxious child and a writer of anonymous letters, so that the sections of this novel continually build up comic intensity.

Most of the comedy here comes from excellent structure and timing and only in part from our preparedness to view eminent Victorians with the condescension of hindsight; this is an extravaganza with its roots in good sense and a fascination with the famous dead as they actually were. --Roz Kaveney


'A comic novel of subtle distinction... A richly entertaining book, and at times a very moving one' The Times 'An enormously entertaining novel, with some terrific writing throughout... a fast-moving farce which allows her sideswipes at the foibles of the famous. It is a delicious confection with some marvellous one-liners' Sunday Telegraph '[A] wonderfully inventive jeu d'esprit... This epic of the Isle of Wight's literary apogee is virtually the perfect summer book. No deck-chair will be complete without it' Independent 'An enormously entertaining novel, with terrific writing throughout.' Sunday Telegraph 'A rollicking read. It is mischievous, light-hearted and fun' Literary Review 'Terrific... 'Tennyson's Gift' is witty, surprising, oddly compassionate and hugely assured.' Sunday Times


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 357 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: Fourth Estate (23. Juni 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00578Y5KG
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Alice's Adventures on the Island 10. Februar 2012
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This book is about madness, celebrity and obsession. An eccentric mathematician and photographer takes a holiday to the Isle of Wight in the summer of 1964 with the hope of photographing the poet laureate just as his first novel, written for children, is about to become the greatest literary sensation of his era. There he encounters any number of strange people all suffering from their own obsessions and delusions.

All of the characters in this book are based on Real People from the wonderful Julia Margaret Cameron to Ellen Terry, Lorenzo and Jessie Fowler, G F Watts and of course Tennyson. Historians might quibble about the accuracy of the portrayals especially of stuttering do-do Dodgson as Truss overplays his social awkwardness and interest in little girls, though to great comic effect. The era however is evoked wonderfully.

A lesser contemporary novelist would have had Lewis Carrol solve a murder or fight vampires Truss involves him in a nosensical farce that echoes his own novel and the result is hliarious. If you are a fan of English comedy especially class based comedies like those of Wilde or Wodehouse you will love this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hilarious! 10. Januar 2012
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All the characters in 'Alice in Wonderland' living in the same seaside town and the most delightful is the author, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) who to his horror is pursued relentlessly with a view to matrimony by the little girl he admires. And the woman who is obsessed by Alfred Lord Tennyson has her white roses painted red (his preference). If you thought the characters in his story about Alice were unbalanced these are even crazier and much more amusing. Great work, Lynne Truss!
5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic book 7. April 2014
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This book was such a delight - witty, lighthearted, seriously funny in places, intelligent, interesting, brilliant. So entertaining. I loved it and was so sorry when it was over.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Very funny and very informative 19. Dezember 2013
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'Required reading' for people interested in the G F Watts gallery - or the Isle of Wight circa 1860, or several of the Victorian 'Greats'. As funny as The Wordsmiths of Gorsemere.
2.0 von 5 Sternen Good for some, not for others 7. August 2014
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I really never got into this book. People who do think it's hysterically funny, but I just found it disjointed and hard to follow.
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