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Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time A Memoir That Addresses Ageing, Memory, Time And A Life In The Th Century, By One Of Our Greatest Writers, Penelope Lively This Is Not Quite A Memoir Rather, It Is The View From Old Age And A View Of Old Age Itself, This Place At Which We Arrive With A Certain Surprise Ambushed, Or So It Can Seem One Of The Few Advantages Of Age Is That You Can Report On It With A Certain Authority You Are A Native Now, And Know What Goes On HereIn This Charming But Powerful Memoir, Penelope Lively Reports From Beyond The Horizon Of Old Age She Describes What Old Age Feels Like For Those Who Have Arrived There And Considers The Implications Of This New Demographic She Looks At The Context Of A Life And Times, The History And Archaeology That Is Actually Being Made As We Live Out Our Lives In Real Time, In Her Case World War II Post War Penny Pinching Britain The Suez Crisis The Cold War And Up To The Present Day She Examines The Tricks And Truths Of Memory She Looks Back Over A Lifetime Of Reading And Writing And Finally She Looks At Her Identifying Cargo Of Possessions Two Ammonites, A Cat, A Pair Of American Ducks And A Leaping Fish Sherd, Amongst Others This Is An Elegant, Moving And Deeply Enjoyable Memoir By One Of Our Most Loved Writers

About the Author: Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively is the author of many prize winning novels and short story collections for both adults and children She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger.Her other books include Going Back Judgement Day Next to Nature, Art Perfect Happiness Passing On City of the Mind Cleopatra s Sister Heat Wave Beyond the Blue Mountains, a collection of short stories Oleander, Jacaranda, a memoir of her childhood days in Egypt Spiderweb her autobiographical work, A House Unlocked The Photograph Making It Up Consequences Family Album, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Novel Award, and How It All Began.She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award She was appointed CBE in the 2001 New Year s Honours List, and DBE in 2012.Penelope Lively lives in London She was married to Jack Lively, who died in 1998.

10 thoughts on “Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time

  1. says:

    Grey PowerOur idea of a person derives from the ancient Greek conceept of the prosopon, the mask worn by actors in the theatres of Attica The Romans, litigious folk that they were, put this idea to work in law Persona for them was a legal designation of an entity with status to appear on his sic behalf in legal proceedings There were only two such persons in Roman law the Emperor and the paterfamilias, head of the family A person, therefore, was a highly constraine

  2. says:

    I learned Penelope Lively s three favourite novels are What Daisy Knew by Henry James, The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford and The Inheritors by William Golding I d like to say I learned lotsof interest from Lively but I m afraid I didn t I was often rather bored by her musings in this book of rather disconnected essays I d describe this as a pastime rather than any kind of inspired performance Overall it came across as a writer writing for the sake of it I ve got a lot o

  3. says:

    After reading Dancing Fish and Amonites I feel like I ve been on a retreat for a few days with an especially erudite friend talking the days away while taking a ramble on this or that trail, enjoying cups of tea and perhaps a glass of wine or two by the fire as we share our histories and thoughts on life There is an intimacy as well as the intelligence of an ever questing mind that makes this book irresistible to me.Lively has written memoirs before, but this is her view from ol

  4. says:

    The subtitle of this book is A Memoir But it is not a memoir in the traditional sense of covering a person s life chronologically In fact, the author says in this book that she has no interest in writing that kind of memoir.Rather it is a book of musings and reminiscences about her life, largely concerned with getting old she was 80 when she wrote this book in 2013 I will be 63 in March so I have to say it was very encouraging to find out that, despite her age and a few health issues,

  5. says:

    I began on a spring morning in the Anglo American Hospital in Zamalek, which was a residential suburb on Gezira, the island in Cairo s Nile 17 March 1933 Elsewhere, things were going on that would lead to turmoil in North Africa in a few years time my parents lives would be affected, and mine, but they were comfortably oblivious that morning, and I was tucked up in a crib, the feet of which stood in tin trays of water, because there had been instances of ants getting at newborn babies.Towar

  6. says:

    I wondered if I was a fraud of some sort for wanting to read the memoir of a writer for whom I actually haven t read any of her books I ve hovered around her, intrigued by her novels when I worked with them in the bookstore, but failed until now to actually commit to one.But I m glad to have read her memoir before exploring her backlist Although, as she says, This is not quite a memoir Rather, it is the view from old age Although the structure feels just a bit cobbled together, I mean th I wondered

  7. says:

    Years ago Penelope Lively surprised me with Moon Tiger, a fine autobiographical exploration of the past by a rather eccentric and unreliable female narrator It seemed to me that Lively had made it her trademark in literature to explore the vigour and reality of the past, because the theme is also dealt with in other books of her This booklet she wrote at the age of 80, in her own modest style, not as a memoir but as a view from old day She muses about the passing of time faster as you get Years ago Penelop

  8. says:

    This was a memoir I had to read for many reasons Lively has long been one of my favorite novelists, a Booker Prize winner although her Booker Prize winner, Moon Tiger, is very good, it is by no means my favorite of her work , the female author I ve readof than any other over a lifetime of reading Indeed, I fondly remember in the 1980 s and early 1990 s buying her earlier works in London bookstores Foyle s remember Foyle s, wowor Blackwell in Oxford or before all of he This was a memoir I had to read for many reas

  9. says:

    A beautiful memoir of aging, reading, writing, family, history Penelope Lively sat down to write about the things that have been most important to her She was 80 at the time of writing, and although her body is breaking down and often painful, her mind is as sharp as ever, and as she says memory is the mind s triumph over time She has the same wish as me in her time remaining that her eyes continue to serve her, because losing the ability to read would be the worst tragedy she can imagine A beautiful memoir of aging, re

  10. says:

    I do enjoy Penelope Lively Brisk, wry, to the point, keen eye, sharp mind, wonderful turns of phrase.The very first sentence of the Preface announces This is not quite a memoir Rather, it is the view from old age.And a view of old age itself, this place a which we arrive with certain surprise ambushed, or so it can seem She goes on to say that she finds herself thinking less about her own life than about the times she has lived in the times of her life , and the great sustaining balla I do enjoy Penelope Lively Brisk, wry, to

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