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Liaisons étrangères (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1984; vuoden 1997 painos)

– tekijä: Alison Lurie, Alison Lurie (Auteur)

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and a finalist for the National Book Award: Alison Lurie's supremely entertaining masterwork about two American scholars, both alone in London, who find romance in the most unlikely places Prim, divorced, and middle-aged, Vinnie Miner gave up on love long ago. On her way to London to research a book about children's folk rhymes-a scholarly pursuit that even her fellow academics sneer at-she finds herself sitting next to the man who will change the course of her life. Brash and nav?e, he is a sanitary engineer from Oklahoma on a package vacation. Also in London is Vinnie's colleague, the young, handsome English professor Fred Turner. His marriage and self-esteem are both on the rocks, but he is about to find consolation in the arms of the most beautiful actress in England. Stylish and highborn, she introduces Fred to a glamorous, yet eccentric, London scene that he never expected-or prepared-to encounter. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alison Lurie including rare images from the author's personal collection.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Liaisons étrangères
Kirjailijat:Alison Lurie
Muut tekijät:Alison Lurie (Auteur)
Info:Rivages (1997), Poche, 425 pages
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89/2021. Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie is a 1984 novel about two lonely USian academic scholars in London. After I began I realised I've read this before, at least a quarter of a century ago though so I didn't remember anything about it. Clue: it's about sex (but avoids Bad Sex in Fiction Award writing and won a Pulitzer Prize instead). 54 year old college professor Vinnie is a fascinating character and I enjoyed reading her point of view on a variety of subjects, but 29 year old Fred's point of view revolved around his sexual relationship with his soon-to-be-ex wife and then stalking his new ex-girlfriend and I found him tiresome. The writing style reminded me of Carol Shields from the same time period. It's technically a good book but I'm not as interested in fictional sex as the author presumably must be. Nonetheless 4*

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On being 54: "English literature, to which in early childhood she had given her deepest trust, and which for half a century has suggested what she might do, think, feel, desire, and become, has suddenly fallen silent. Now, at last, all those books have no instructions for her, no demands - because she is just too old.

In the world of classic British fiction, the one Vinnie knows best, almost the entire population is under fifty, or even under forty - as was true of the real world when the novel was invented. The few older people - especially women - who are allowed into a story are usually cast as relatives; and Vinnie is no one’s mother, daughter, or sister. People over fifty who aren’t relatives are pushed into minor parts, character parts, and are usually portrayed as comic, pathetic, or disagreeable. Occasionally one will appear in the role of tutor or guide to some young protagonist, but more often than not their advice and example are bad; their histories a warning rather than a model.

In most novels it is taken for granted that people over fifty are as set in their ways as elderly apple trees, and as permanently shaped and scarred by the years they have weathered. The literary convention is that nothing major can happen to them except through subtraction. They may be struck by lightning or pruned by the hand of man; they may grow weak or hollow; their sparse fruit may become misshapen, spotted, or sourly crabbed. They may endure these changes nobly or meanly. But they cannot, even under the best of conditions, put out new growth or burst into lush and unexpected bloom." ( )
  spiralsheep | May 29, 2021 |
This was my first introduction to Lurie and I selected it because it was the novel that won her the Pulitzer. It's the tale of two American academics on extended working holiday in London who fall in love and contemplate western society.

Lurie's writing is exquisite. In particular in Vinnie's chapters, the observations of where middle aged women fit into society, who values them and who doesn't, are so truly insightful and stunningly written. It's the kind of observation that slaps you in the face because it is so true yet so ignored.

At the same time that the writing has so much depth, the plot doesn't have as much. It's a romance ultimately. So it's all about the style and the insights. ( )
  sparemethecensor | May 28, 2021 |
Alison Lurie wrote so many great novels its hard to know where to begin.

Her Pulitzer winner was Foreign Affairs a small novel about two Americans abroad.

Vinny is an older single woman an academic a scholar of nursery rhymes who loves England and is believed me when i say this really set in her ways. Unloved and thinking herself unlovable, she has worked out how to live her live without being touched and without being hurt.

But as Chekov might have said if you meet a garrulous vulgar American in Act I, you'd better have someone wind up in bed with him in Act III.

Fred is a younger man and QUITE attractive to women coming over to England after a rather improbable fight with his free-spirited wife and looking for - what? - himself? He's studying John Gay the playwright who came up with "Mac the Knife". He falls in with Lady Rosemary a popular actress swanning her way through Societywhose most interesting performance may have only been enjoyed by a few people.

The cast of characters is vast and interesting, from American Tourists to English demimondes and they all have things to say. Her writing about sex and sexuality in "older" women is compassionate and understanding and warmly sympathetic. She understands Vinne and Fred and brings us to understand them too.

The ending is sad, but lovely. Makes you want to go right back and read it again from the beginning.

Loved her The War Between the Tates which was made into a pretty good movie. But this is her most wonderful book. ( )
  magicians_nephew | Feb 9, 2021 |
When I started this book, it felt like a typical 'Americans in London' or 'academics on holiday' story, and I didn't hold high hopes for it. But it got better, and better, and I even began to like some of the characters. Our reading group discussion started in much the same vein, but people kept talking about it, and I ended the evening thinking I needed to read the whole book again to get under the plot.

Two academics, one toward the end of her career and one at the beginning of his, fly off to London to work off grants in their respective fields. The first could be described as a spinster, although there's more nuance in her life than that word describes, and the other a particularly good-looking young man fleeing a rift in his marriage. Their paths cross in London, and he gets caught up in her circle of London friends. She evades an Oklahoman who talked to her on the flight in; he falls for a beautiful actress. Complications and enlightenments ensue, to varying degrees, for both our protagonists. At least one of them will change.

The novel plays with the idea of surface, depth, the idea of self, and (I think) London as an urban Forest of Arden, where it is possible to 'feeling pursuade' those who visit it what they are, which is why I need to revisit it. ( )
  ffortsa | Feb 3, 2021 |
Both American, both abroad, and both achingly lonely, Vinnie and Fred play out their confused alienation and dizzying romantic liaisons
  ACParakou | Nov 26, 2019 |
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and a finalist for the National Book Award: Alison Lurie's supremely entertaining masterwork about two American scholars, both alone in London, who find romance in the most unlikely places Prim, divorced, and middle-aged, Vinnie Miner gave up on love long ago. On her way to London to research a book about children's folk rhymes-a scholarly pursuit that even her fellow academics sneer at-she finds herself sitting next to the man who will change the course of her life. Brash and nav?e, he is a sanitary engineer from Oklahoma on a package vacation. Also in London is Vinnie's colleague, the young, handsome English professor Fred Turner. His marriage and self-esteem are both on the rocks, but he is about to find consolation in the arms of the most beautiful actress in England. Stylish and highborn, she introduces Fred to a glamorous, yet eccentric, London scene that he never expected-or prepared-to encounter. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alison Lurie including rare images from the author's personal collection.

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