By Ann Napolitano
Pressured via ailment to go away in the back of a profitable existence as a author in big apple, Flannery O'Connor has back to her kin farm in Milledgeville, Georgia. She wants a quiet, solitary lifestyles, yet her mom, Regina, drags Flannery to the marriage of a relations friend.
The embodiment of southern womanhood, Cookie Himmel is Flannery's antithesis and has back from her time in ny to marry wealthy fiancé, Melvin Whiteson. Lona Waters, a dutiful housewife, is employed via Cookie to aid create an ideal domestic, but if she is given a chance to recollect what it seems like to be actually alive, and she or he seizes it with either hands.
In the process one tragic afternoon, those characters needs to take a great demanding examine the alternatives they've got made and withstand O'Connor's remark that "the fact doesn't switch in line with our skill to belly it."
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Compelled through ailment to go away in the back of a winning existence as a author in long island, Flannery O'Connor has lower back to her relations farm in Milledgeville, Georgia. She wishes a quiet, solitary life, yet her mom, Regina, drags Flannery to the marriage of a relations friend.
The embodiment of southern womanhood, Cookie Himmel is Flannery's antithesis and has again from her time in ny to marry wealthy fiancé, Melvin Whiteson. Lona Waters, a dutiful housewife, is employed by way of Cookie to aid create an ideal domestic, but if she is given a chance to recollect what it sounds like to be really alive, and she or he seizes it with either hands.
In the process one tragic afternoon, those characters needs to take an excellent not easy examine the alternatives they've got made and stand up to O'Connor's remark that "the fact doesn't switch in line with our skill to abdominal it. "
Translated by means of Wyatt Alexander Mason
From Library Journal
This publication exhibits how a lot the traces proceed to blur among modern fiction and nonfiction. during this assortment, Michon, winner of the Prix France tradition Award, reconstructs the lives of 5 artists: Goya, Lorraine, Watteau, della Francesca, and Van Gogh. (One can't aid ask yourself why he selected brief fiction over biography. ) Michon's prose is sensual, yet those tales are usually descriptive instead of narrative. One longs for extra motion, much less cafe speak. nonetheless, Michon has a knack for shooting the why of artwork: "what portray skill, is to toil like a galley slave at the sea, with that furor, with that helplessness. " Michon breathes existence into Van Gogh's postman and has him sing for the artist in Arles. There's a superb scene the place della Francesca accepts a small pig in money for a wide portray of St. Martin. With this pig, the artist celebrates carnival together with his family members. urged for big fiction collections. ?Doris Lynch, Monroe Cty. P. L. , Bloomington, Ind.
From Kirkus Reviews
Michon bargains an excellent travel de strength of 5 items approximately artwork and artists: a regularly indescribably eloquent sleek taking on the place Vasari, say, may have left off. the present temper is depression, albeit within the provider of the top targets. ``Trust this Sign,'' is set the near-unknown Lorentino within the Quattrocento, who did actually obtain from Vasari just a couple of traces in regards to the ``miracle'' of a farmer, whilst Lorentino's relations was once ravenous, showing to supply a pig in trade for the portray of a saint. And the ensuing masterpiece? It hung in a rustic church, by no means noticeable by means of an individual influential, was once later positioned prior to a gap within the wall, and was once decreased gradually--to airborne dirt and dust. a little much less enticing yet both attuned to the nuances and uncooked info of its time is Michon's research of the common-or-garden Goya's lifestyles in a fiercely class-bound Spain; and an identical is correct of the advantageous yet essentially least formidable, ``The King of the Wood,'' within which an illiterate boy herds pigs and sheep--until Claude Lorraine adopts him as a disciple, elevating him to a princely caste. with no query, notwithstanding, one of many actually nice items this is the wrenching ``. . . Io mi voglio divertir,'' in regards to the passionate lifetime of Watteau, who sought after the affection of all ladies yet died at 38 (in 1721) racked by way of consumption--watching stacks of his personal erotic work, via his personal command, being burned. such a lot breathtaking, although, is ``The lifetime of Joseph Roulin,'' the postman who knew, and used to be painted by means of, Van Gogh, an easy guy who got here to appreciate that Van Gogh used to be ``someone who had believed so devotedly during this conception [of artwork] that he had turn into idea himself, ascended to nearly an analogous top, and died of it. '' Stylistically hard, yet a booklet usually as passionate, appealing, and expert because the work it springs from. --
“Michon demonstrates the independence of voice that marks a real author. . . . His supple prose, dappled with chiaroscuro results, is utilized in common chronicles. yet his writing can at any time elevate or reduce into semi-hallucinatory results that bear in mind Arthur Rimbaud’s attacks on traditional conception. ”—Roger Shattuck, the recent York evaluation of Books
(Roger Shattuck the recent York overview of Books)
"From the silence of work Pierre Michon conjures up marvels. A portrait turns into someone of such complicated intensity as to signify the mentality of an period. a colour turns into an idea. A portray turns into the painter, and phrases turn into portray. most widely, within the circulate of Michon's meditations and narratives, the visionary turns into real, and the particular turns into visionary. those are severe moments to which such names as van Gogh or Goya are connected, names that recommend the poignancy and pathos of artwork amid the wonder and incoherence and damaging nightmare of lifestyles. Wyatt Mason’s translation is great in its strength and precision. ”
About the Author
Pierre Michon is an writer of excessive acclaim in France and Europe. He used to be winner of the Prix France tradition in 1984 for his first booklet, Small Lives, and of the 1996 Prix de l. a. Ville de Paris for his physique of labor. He lives in France. Wyatt Mason, a contributing author for the hot York instances journal and a contributing editor at Harper's, has translated writing by way of Pierre Michon, Eric Chevillard, Michel de Montaigne, and Arthur Rimbaud. He teaches at Bard collage.
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Additional info for A Good Hard Look: A Novel
Here is, then, a defining gap. What organizing indices—or urgencies for designing such indices—were available in fourteenth- century England for defining the space between perception (what we can see) and conception (what we might see)? We may fruitfully begin by considering practical matters of space, like those set out by Nicholas Howe, who makes the following observations about the spaces of medieval landscapes and posits a most suggestive shift in medieval ways of thinking about material space and place: In the charters [of land in Anglo- Saxon England], landscape is not a vista to be enjoyed but a sequence of signs to be walked.
Though Bachelard uses the “drawer” as metaphor, his argument suggests that the drawer image operates as index. In any case, his point is clear: In opposition to a philosophy that seeks to discover the conceptualistic features in contemporary science, the “drawer” metaphor remains a crude instrument for polemical discussion. (76)38 The result, Bachelard says, is “a ready-made garment [that] suffices to clothe a poor rationalist” (75). There is another suggestive observation from Bachelard—as a phenomenologist—ref lecting on Baudelaire’s “metaphysical argument by means of which the vast world and vast thoughts are united” (192).
If God is the master measurer, then those scientific spiritualists, like Thomas Bradwardine, were naturally compelled toward some irritable reaching after fact. 48 Her title sets out the issue: “view” and “vision”/”time” and “eternity”—what is countable and what is not. She closes her introduction by writing that “the ideas of these thinkers [the “Ockhamists” and “hence Bradwardine’s adversaries”] provide the best possible context for evaluating Bradwardine’s attempt to promote his geometrical synthesis of Aristotle and Augustine at a time of substantial reevaluation of all ancient authorities” (12).
A Good Hard Look: A Novel by Ann Napolitano