- Taschenbuch: 732 Seiten
- Verlag: Amazon Crossing (25. April 2017)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1503942813
- ISBN-13: 978-1503942813
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 8 - 12 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 2,5 x 23,2 cm
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Mariam Petrosyan was born in 1969 in Yerevan, Armenia. In 1989 she graduated with a degree in applied arts and worked in the animation department of Armenfilm movie studio. In 1992 she moved to Moscow to work at Soyuzmultfilm studio, then returned to Yerevan in 1995.
The Gray House is Petrosyan’s debut novel. After working on it for eighteen years, she published it in Russia in 2009, and it became an instant bestseller, winning several of the year’s top literary awards, including the Russian Prize for the best book by a Russian author living abroad. The book has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, and Lithuanian.
In interviews Petrosyan frequently says that readers should not expect another book from her, since, for her, The Gray House is not merely a book but a world she knew and could visit, and she doesn’t know another one.
Petrosyan is married to Armenian artist Artashes Stamboltsyan. They have two children.
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If anyone says they understand this novel, I wouldn't believe them. It took the author 18 years to write and with all the symbolism, nuances and themes I don't believe even she could remember all the details without an extensive chart. In my first read through, I made over 145 notes. In an 800 page book I would usually make around 20 notes, so Petrosyan definitely made a herculean story.
One of my remaining questions after reading the synopsis and the entire book remains, is the House sentient? Are we meant to have a definite answer? Probably not. Black, who still struggles with his identity around Sphinx indicates the House's draw was more imagination than reality. But, he's a biased witness.
I've seen many reviews comparing The Gray House to other authors, and I agree one cannot help but see Lord of the Flies, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and the stream of conscience moments like The Sound and The Fury. Some even say it could be seen as Harry Potter's Hogwarts - though I would disagree with that one. There is even a reference to 1984 with Big Brother. Even so, The Gray House is a stand alone.
What I wish I'd had while reading was a list of some of the main characters, just to give me some anchors in the maelstrom novel. With any luck this small list will be of help.
Smoker: He has been in the Pheasants, the predictable (accountant type), steady tribe, however, he has been kicked out because he dared to wear red shoes. (Very Ayn Rand where the individual is the important one compared to the collective.) Smoker is the character I feel like I most relate to because he is always asking questions. He is also the innocent character, who is forced into losing his innocence. He hadn't realized he was being cynical at the time.
Tabaqui the Jackal: He is part court fool, part philosopher and all collector of oddities. Another character advises Smoker to listen to Tabaqui because he tells the truth - and he does, it's just been rolled in beads, feathers and guano before being presented to the audience. He is probably my second favorite character.
Blind: He is seen as the leader of the House. Even though he is part of fourth, he has another role over all the tribes, though not talked about directly. Blind eats the plaster of the House to have it become a part of him. He is the best argument for the House being sentient. Blind is also able to move between realities. He occupies the forest as well as the House. Blind shows very little emotion. He carries out the Law dispassionately. He changes the Law when it suits him, after his contrived encounter with Gaby. He is the most disappointed when the Leaders don't conform to following him into a different reality at the end of the year. He is the Peter Pan of the lost boys, he cannot grow up.
Noble: He is seen as handsome, and noble. Like the other children in the home he struggles with many issues, but when he is taken from the House and later returned his personality has changed. Noble moved from a strong character to a passive character. He serves as proof of the affects of being on the Outside, like a morality play for the observers. I thought Noble seemed like a decent person the way he treated Smoker.
Sphinx: At one time he tortured Noble, which is why Noble was so fast at moving without his wheelchair. He was a Jumper between realities. Sphinx is said to have been given a choice that no one else had been given. Smoker resented him for being given a choice. Black tried to emulate Sphinx, and also came to resent him. Sphinx seems the most closely associated with Blind.
Black: He had been under Sphinx in the heirarchy in the fourth. When the Dog tribe lost their leader he changed tribes, to become their new leader. It made it so that he and Sphinx were no longer at each others' throats. He was seen as a black sheep by Smoker, and so, Smoker felt like he could relate to Black when all the others were acting crazy. Black seems like a realist by the end.
Grasshopper: Though not a main character, he acted as a foil to Blind. He seems to maintain his innocence, because of his youth. He is the only one who liked Wolf, while all the others see Wolf as one of the most depraved.
Ralph or R One: He is the poor councilor who knows more than the other adults. Ralph is also a nickname, one he didn't like. He wondered how the kids knew he was coming back, when he had barely decided and saw his name written on the walls like a message board. He recognizes the graphite as a source of news in the House. He worries and frets over what may happen based on previous graduations. He genuinely wants to help, but he is blocked - either by the boys or the House. For more spoilers and reviews you can find me at talesuntangled dot wordpress dot com