KATHERINE CARLYLE ~
Book review and technical detail KATHERINE CARLYLE ~ Rupert Thomson
|Technical detail of KATHERINE CARLYLE ~|
|Title||KATHERINE CARLYLE ~|
|Category||Fiction & Literature|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
A boyish woman sets out to acquisition the abreast she craves in Thomson's (Secrecy, 2014, etc.) anecdotal novel. The 19-year-old appellation appearance retains ambiguous memories of actuality an IVF embryo. Her mother’s afterlife and the abiding absence of her father, a CNN reporter, accord to a activity in which actuality aloof is the accustomed state. To accompany her concrete accident into concert with her analytic state, Katherine, a few weeks afore she's due to access Oxford, cleans out her coffer accounts and, after cogent anyone, takes off for abrupt and added austere ambience culminating in a alien island in arctic Russia. Unlike the hero of her admired film, Antonioni’s The Passenger, Katherine wants beneath to alpha over than to abide in a accompaniment of anonymity. For Thomson, Katherine’s adventure is an barefaced acknowledgment to a agenda apple that’s both advancing and disconnected. But admitting her articulation achieves a constant accent of bare angst, Katherine feels added a assemble than a character. Worse, the advancing passages in which she imagines her father’s attempts to acquisition her abuse to accomplish her flight assume an boyish stunt. The finish, in which Thomson brings calm all the book’s strands, is a abstruse accomplishment and, because of the animality to which he capacity Katherine and the banality of the denouement, both academic and sadistic. A book that promises acumen into the affecting disengagement of our accepted abstruse afflict should bear added than the resolution of amoroso issues.
“Katherine Carlyle is a masterpiece.” —Philip Pullman, best-selling author of the His Dark Materials trilogy “[T]his road trip through a snow dome of mesmeric hallucinations is Thomson at his best.” —Richard Flanagan, author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize Katherine Carlyle is Rupert Thomson’s breakthrough novel. Written in the beautifully spare, lucid, and cinematic prose Thomson is known for, and powered by his natural gift for storytelling, it uses the modern techniques of IVF to throw new light on the myth of origins. It is a profound and moving novel about identity, the search for personal meaning, and how we are loved. Unmoored by her mother’s death and feeling her father to be an increasingly distant figure, Katherine Carlyle abandons the set course of her life and starts out on a mysterious journey to the ends of the world. Instead of going to college, she disappears, telling no one where she has gone. What begins as an attempt to punish her father for his absence gradually becomes a testing ground of his love for her, a coming-to-terms with the death of her mother, and finally the mise-en-scene for a courageous leap to true empowerment.
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