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Here We Are – tekijä: Swift Graham
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Here We Are (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2020; vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Swift Graham (Tekijä)

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The sensational new novel from the winner of the Booker Prize It is Brighton, 1959, and the theatre at the end of the pier is having its best summer season in years. Ronnie, a brilliant young magician, and Evie, his dazzling assistant, are top of the bill, drawing audiences each night. Meanwhile, Jack - Jack Robinson, as in `before you can say' - is everyone's favourite compere, a born entertainer, holding the whole show together. As the summer progresses, the off-stage drama between the three begins to overshadow their theatrical success, and events unfold which will have lasting consequences for all their futures. Rich, comic, alive and subtly devastating, Here We Are is a masterly piece of literary magicianship which pulls back the curtain on the human condition. Praise for Mothering Sunday: 'Bathed in light; and even when tragedy strikes, it blazes irresistibly... Swift's small fiction feels like a masterpiece' Guardian `Alive with sensuousness and sensuality ... wonderfully accomplished, it is an achievement' Sunday Times `From start to finish Swift's is a novel of stylish brilliance and quiet narrative verve. The archly modulated, precise prose (a hybrid of Henry Green and Kazuo Ishiguro) is a glory to read. Now 66, Swift is a writer at the very top of his game' Evening Standard `Mothering Sunday is a powerful, philosophical and exquisitely observed novel about the lives we lead, and the parallel lives - the parallel stories - we can never know ... It may just be Swift's best novel yet' Observer… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Here We Are
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Well-written. Swift as ever in the shadows. Reminds me of a short story of his where the magician folds himself into himself until he disappears. So is this the re-working of a short story? Certainly feels like a short story. ( )
  adrianburke | May 14, 2021 |
Disappointing. ( )
  c_why | Mar 25, 2021 |
Magic is the driving force of this novel and in Graham Swift’s hands it results in a spellbinding story. Evie White recollects events from 50 years ago that have continued to haunt her and that changed her life irrevocably. In late 1958 she became the assistant to Ronnie Deane, known as Pablo, a struggling magician, and they begin rehearsing for the following summer season of variety on Brighton pier. Their appearance has been arranged by Ronnie’s ex-army friend Jack Robinson who was the show’s compere. The early life of the three leading characters is deftly sketched by Swift, their differing backgrounds and how they all came together in 1959. It makes for an intriguing tale and Evie’s reminiscences are haunting as she reveals how she has lived with and lost the two men in her life, and you cannot help but be moved by her regrets and sorrow.
  camharlow2 | Dec 20, 2020 |
Een mooi maar misschien een beetje klein boek, ook mooi geschreven, maar de inlevende, zachtzinnige, verstilde toon van Swift doet ook wel eens een beetje meewarig en zoetsappig aan. Het beste dat de kleine Ronnie overkomt door WO II is dat hij naar het platteland wordt gestuurd bij middle-class mensen die altijd een kind wilden hebben, weg van zijn armoedige, mistroostige Londense milieu, waar zijn zeevarende vader eerst is weggelopen, later verdronken. Zijn pleegvader Eric Lawrence is een magician, goochelaar-illusionist Lorenzo, en leert Ronnie alles. Hij wordt Pablo, de grote Pablo, die in 1959 optreedt op de pier van Brighton, met zijn charmante assistente Evie die hij zomaar heeft aangenomen, in een show die wordt gepresenteerd door zijn vriend Jack, Jack Robinson, die van 'before you could say Jack Robinson'. Hij is een fenomenaal artiest, Evie trekt alle ogen met de show, ze zullen trouwen. Maar als Ronnie naar zijn stervende moeder gaat (waar hij te laat komt), is het voorbij. Er komt nog één laatste show. Evie trouwt met Jack, we zien haar als ze 75 is en Jack net een jaar daarvoor gestorven. Melancholiek, Verdriet, Mysterieus: Ronnie is nooit meer gezien, een grote verdwijntruc. De finale van Ronnie & Evies optreden was the Rainbow trick, waar uiteindelijk een witte duif die al eerder weg en terug is geweest komt aanvliegen en gaat zitten op een regenboog die is ontstaan uit een lang wit touw dat uit Ronnies mond kwam. In zijn allerlaatste optreden heeft Ronnie zonder iemands medeweten de duif vervangen door een kleurige papegaai! Daarbij moeten we weten dat Ronnies vader Sid één keer een spectaculair cadeau had meegenomen voor zijn kind en vrouw, een papegaai. Ronnies moeder verkocht hem meteen toen haar man weer naar zee was: zonde van het geld dat zo'n vogel kost. Ronnies tweede voornaam was Paul en de papegaai heette naar hem op zijn Spaans, Pablo. Deze vondst meer dan compenseerde een paar bezwaren die ik ook tegen het boek had. ( )
  Harm-Jan | Dec 15, 2020 |
Though I’ve been a Graham Swift fan for so long, I was still entirely stunned at how he crafted one of the big reveals in his book, Here We Are. All through the book Swift jumps quickly from the past to the present and back again. It reminded me of a conversation one might have over drinks with an old friend, one you haven’t seen in a long time. They are so excited to be with you and they’re trying to catch up with you on everything so quickly. The surprise was the death of a longtime lover. The book is focused around two events, one that happened nearly fifty years previously, and another from just a year before.

The story involves Ronnie, a young boy sent to the countryside during the London bombings of the second world war. His original home life hadn’t been a happy one, and he was quickly enamored of the older couple who welcomed him into their home and life. The man starts to teach the boy to be a magician, his own life’s passion, and the wife definitely had something magical about herself as well. When it’s safe to return to his mother in London, he’s become a different person, and is filled with regrets and sadness about going back.

Ronnie goes on to be a professional magician, with his good friend Jack as the master of ceremony, and eventually Evie, who joins the act as his enchanting assistant. Quickly Ronnie is enchanted, Evie and Ronnie become involved and engaged, and are planning to marry soon. When Ronnie’s troubled mother becomes fatally ill, he closes down the show for a couple of nights and catches a train to her hospital room. She dies before he gets to the hospital. It takes him a few days to settle things, and when he returns to Evie and Jack, they have become Evie-and-Jack. They had slept with each other for the first time.

When Ronnie returns, as soon as Evie and Ronnie’s eyes meet, she knows that he can tell—he knows what has happened between her and Jack. The show must go on, and after the show, Ronnie goes on one of his usual walkabouts to clear his mind. But this walk isn’t the same, and he is never seen again.

Leaping ahead in time, Ronnie is only memories, but Evie and Jack have been together for forty-nine years. When Jack eventually dies, she is left alone. Swift writes so well of that time. “Already a whole year, but it seems, today, like only yesterday. For a whole year now it has been the only constant fact, and not all its stubborn denials—framed photos of Jack everywhere, his jackets, his coats still hanging where he last put them—can make the fact any less of a fact or make it any more bearable.”

With an experience I know so well from the years since my wife died, Swift goes on to write the following. “She drifts off to sleep very quickly, but before she does—or perhaps it’s a dream—she puts out an arm and feels the warm familiar weight. So it’s all right, everything is all right, he’s still there.”

My words here have spilled many of the beans as to the plot line, but give yourself some time to forget my fumbling words, and then give yourself a true reading pleasure with this fine novel. Graham Swift has crafted another beautiful book that again leaves me in awe of his writing talents. ( )
  jphamilton | Dec 8, 2020 |
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The sensational new novel from the winner of the Booker Prize It is Brighton, 1959, and the theatre at the end of the pier is having its best summer season in years. Ronnie, a brilliant young magician, and Evie, his dazzling assistant, are top of the bill, drawing audiences each night. Meanwhile, Jack - Jack Robinson, as in `before you can say' - is everyone's favourite compere, a born entertainer, holding the whole show together. As the summer progresses, the off-stage drama between the three begins to overshadow their theatrical success, and events unfold which will have lasting consequences for all their futures. Rich, comic, alive and subtly devastating, Here We Are is a masterly piece of literary magicianship which pulls back the curtain on the human condition. Praise for Mothering Sunday: 'Bathed in light; and even when tragedy strikes, it blazes irresistibly... Swift's small fiction feels like a masterpiece' Guardian `Alive with sensuousness and sensuality ... wonderfully accomplished, it is an achievement' Sunday Times `From start to finish Swift's is a novel of stylish brilliance and quiet narrative verve. The archly modulated, precise prose (a hybrid of Henry Green and Kazuo Ishiguro) is a glory to read. Now 66, Swift is a writer at the very top of his game' Evening Standard `Mothering Sunday is a powerful, philosophical and exquisitely observed novel about the lives we lead, and the parallel lives - the parallel stories - we can never know ... It may just be Swift's best novel yet' Observer

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