THE PATTERN IN THE CARPET ~ A Personal History with Jigsaws
Book review and technical detail THE PATTERN IN THE CARPET ~ A Personal History with Jigsaws Margaret Drabble
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|Title||THE PATTERN IN THE CARPET ~ A Personal History with Jigsaws|
|Publisher||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
An able articulation of the British arcane apple recalls the puzzles that absorbed her in her adolescence and abide to do so in her maturity.Novelist Drabble (The Sea Lady, 2006, etc.)—who has additionally edited two editions of The Oxford Companion to English Literature—notes that the best way to advance a jigsaw addle is to alpha at the frame. So she begins with the anamnesis of admired Auntie Phyl and the apple activity enjoyed by the columnist and her family—a pastoral prewar apple of tea cozies, morris dancing and biscuit-tin art. Never kitsch, it’s pop ability that will be abnormally adorable to anglophiles. Drabble’s circuitous address in time—“This book started off as a baby history of the jigsaw, but it has spiralled off in added directions, and now I’m not abiding what it is”—becomes acclaim illuminating. Starting with a history of jigsaws (notably, academic “dissected maps”) and the adventure of lath games, alpha with the Candyland-like “Royal Game of Goose,” the columnist creates an evocative abstraction in anamnesis and the techniques acclimated to reconstruct it. She eventually ranges through Roman architecture, adolescent literature, mosaics, adornment and the curiosities and crafts of the 18th century. Drabble considers some of her admired things and analytical activities acclimated to area off melancholy. What starts as a garrulous elder’s account evolves into an adroit accumulation that occasionally wanders but is never lost.A dab duke at fiction and editorship comes through already more, this time with a abounding account adapted beneath the explanation of pastimes.
The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws is an original and brilliant work. Margaret Drabble weaves her own story into a history of games, in particular jigsaws, which have offered her and many others relief from melancholy and depression. Alongside curious facts and discoveries about jigsaw puzzles — did you know that the 1929 stock market crash was followed by a boom in puzzle sales? — Drabble introduces us to her beloved Auntie Phyl, and describes childhood visits to the house in Long Bennington on the Great North Road, their first trip to London together, the books they read, the jigsaws they completed. She offers penetrating sketches of her parents, her siblings, and her children; she shares her thoughts on the importance of childhood play, on art and writing, on aging and memory. And she does so with her customary intelligence, energy, and wit. This is a memoir like no other. "Reading Margaret Drabble's novels has become something of a rite of passage...Sharply observed, exquisitely companionable tales of women of a certain age and class, educated, egocentric, strong, unlucky in love." (Washington Post ) "Margaret Drabble will have done for late twentieth-century London what Dickens did for Victorian London." (New York Times ) "Drabble's fiction has achieved a panoramic vision of contemporary life." (Chicago Tribune )
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