The Past

The Past Over five novels and two collections of stories Tessa Hadley has earned a reputation as a fiction writer of remarkable gifts and been compared with Elizabeth Bowen and Alice Munro In her new novel th

  • Title: The Past
  • Author: Tessa Hadley
  • ISBN: 9780224101691
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Over five novels and two collections of stories Tessa Hadley has earned a reputation as a fiction writer of remarkable gifts, and been compared with Elizabeth Bowen and Alice Munro In her new novel three sisters and a brother meet up in their grandparents old house for three long, hot summer weeks The house is full of memories of their childhood and their past theirOver five novels and two collections of stories Tessa Hadley has earned a reputation as a fiction writer of remarkable gifts, and been compared with Elizabeth Bowen and Alice Munro In her new novel three sisters and a brother meet up in their grandparents old house for three long, hot summer weeks The house is full of memories of their childhood and their past their mother took them there when she left their father but now they may have to sell it And under the idyllic surface, there are tensions.Roland has come with his new wife and his sisters don t like her Kasim, the twenty year old son of Alice s ex boyfriend, makes plans to seduce Molly, Roland s teenage daughter Fran s children uncover an ugly secret in a ruined cottage in the woods Passion erupts where it s least expected, blasting the quiet self possession of Harriet, the oldest sister A way of life bourgeois, literate, ritualised winds down to its inevitable end.With uncanny precision and extraordinary sympathy, Tessa Hadley charts the squalls of lust and envy disrupting this ill assorted house party, as well as the consolations of memory and affection, the beauty of the natural world, the shifting of history under the social surface From the first page the reader is absorbed and enthralled, watching a superb craftsman at work.

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    1. 5 "intricate, numinous, feminine, hilarious" stars !! I will start off by sayingis book is both beautiful and genius. This is my first read of Ms. Hadley and I am so moved, impressed and delighted. Ms. Hadley has the insight of both Elizabeth Bowen and Anita Brookner with the intelligent humor of Iris Murdoch and yes I am going to say ite quiet and delicious passion of my queen and empress Dame A. S. Byatt !! This is the real McCoy !!3 sisters, 1 brother, one spouse, a nosy neighbour, wicked and [...]

    2. Have read almost 50% of this novel and am putting it aside. The writing is wonderful which is why I am giving this two stars and is also why I kept reading so long. My problem is I just don't care about any of these characters, not that I dislike them, I just don't feel anything at all. Could be my mood, these introspective novels are usually a hit with me, but I just have to give up.

    3. I picked this up on the strength of a few friend reviews - my first experience of Tessa Hadley, and very unlikely to be the last. This is not a book that will add to the diversity of my reading - it is a subtle family story set among the English middle class, full of quiet pleasures. In a sense this reminded me of another book I read recently - How It All Began by Penelope Lively. Both are full of the sort of events that threaten more significance than what actually happens, but both are focused [...]

    4. As an audiobook -- This is just dull!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I saw this book on sale at my local book store for $3.99 --I almost bought it then --But instead .I checked my overdriveAnd.e Audiobook was available --so I downloaded it instead. (mistake) Perhaps I'll revisit this book --(READ IT) -- but after a few different days --a few invested hours of listening -- and too many other books to read or listen to -- (and my big day coming up Friday) --haha -- Happy Halloween today -- I get to be in face costum [...]

    5. While "The Past" has no plot to speak of, even so I stayed up until 1 a.m. last night to finish it. I've rarely felt this invested in characters, or felt so tenderly toward fictional beings. Hadley moves freely from one character's interior thoughts and feelings to the next. We never learn the full story of any one character. And yet. What we do learn is so apt, so human, that I feel very close to these people. Where the novel soars is in its exploration of private pain, of the essential lonelin [...]

    6. Earlier this year, the British writer Tessa Hadley described “The Past” as “more plotty” than her previous novels. “It has a stronger narrative curve,” she explained, “which drives us from the first pages to the last.” That’s both hilarious and entirely apt because, in one sense, “The Past” couldn’t be more placid. Yet these elegant pages are so preternaturally gripping that they countenance no interruption.Unfortunately, “The Past” is one of those books that. . . . T [...]

    7. "The knew one another so well, all too well, and yet they were all continually surprised by the forgotten difficult twists and turns of one another's personalities, so familiar as soon as they appeared." Four grown siblings inherit their grandparents' rectory in the English countryside and spend three summer weeks there before deciding what to do it. Alice arrives first. A flighty and romantic soul, she brings along Kasim, an economics student with a high opinion of himself. Roland, a guarded in [...]

    8. Another work of quiet brilliance by Hadley! As Ron Charles, book editor of The Washington Post, says in his review “The Past” is one of those books that withers in summary.It is hard to describe this and other Hadley novels and stories without them sounding a little like watching paint drying. But in The Past, Hadley captures with beautiful words the story of a reunion of four adult siblings, two children and a couple of teenagers, at their ancestral home of their Grandparents. Will the 3-we [...]

    9. Just remember: three stars mean I liked it. "Placid" comes to mind when I think back on this book of four siblings coming together in their old family home to make an important decision about its future. As usual they come with memories and baggage as well as children who must carry on their legacy.The American blurb reads like a cheap premonition of a porn storm: With uncanny precision and extraordinary sympathy, Tessa Hadley charts the squalls of lust and envy disrupting this ill-assorted hous [...]

    10. This was a good story and especially perfect for reading during the summer, since it takes place over three weeks in a summer cottage. Four siblings and their children go back to this cottage every now and then in order to reunite and forget everything about their everyday lives. This time is a little bit different, though, as they're also there to discuss whether to keep the cottage in their family or let it go. I liked how Tessa Hadley played with the narrative structure and added more depth t [...]

    11. Four adult siblings gather at their grandfather’s Devon vicarage for one last summer holiday before the house is sold. Their interactions, past and present, skirt the edges of tragedy and show the secrets and psychological intricacies any family harbors. Hadley writes beautifully subtle stories of English family life. Here she channels Elizabeth Bowen with a setup borrowed from The House in Paris: the novel is divided into three parts, titled “The Present,” “The Past,” and “The Prese [...]

    12. Are houses as set pieces or centerpieces the trend in literature recently? Or perhaps they just keep crossing my reading path, so I am inclined to compare them in some way (and they mostly seem to be British!). One similarity between Hadley and, say, Sarah Waters, THE PAYING GUESTS, or Rebecca Makkai’s THE HUNDRED YEAR HOUSE, is that all three novels are divided into three parts. I even titled my review of Makkai’s book “A generational triptych.” Hadley’s story is also a triptych, divi [...]

    13. One of the ways I like to nerd out as a reader is to read several novels that basically tell the same story in different ways. Then I compare and contrast in my mind about the various books.The Past falls into that group of novels in which a family of adult siblings get together in the home where they grew up for a last reunion before that home must be sold. I think we are drawn to such stories because they examine at least three generations, because all families have their quirks and issues, so [...]

    14. I admit it. I could NOT finish this book. It's hard to believe that this woman teaches literature and creative writing and yet she refuses to use quotation marks (which were added to grammar for a reason, btw). She preferred establishing dialogue like this:(Chapter one excerpt)-Oh, well, it didn't matter. We've been in the churchyard together, visiting graves.-Who's we?She was so sure she'd mentioned bringing Kasim. -Dani's son. You'll really like him. I left him meditating on a tomb or somethin [...]

    15. BABTbbc/programmes/b068tvl0Description: Sian Thomas reads Tessa Hadley's powerful and haunting new novel, a beautifully observed portrait of a family and the change wrought by time across the generations.Three middle-aged sisters and a brother meet up in their grandparents' old house for three long, hot summer weeks. Under the idyllic surface, there are immediate tensions. Secrets, misunderstandings and passion play out as the characters shift and reappraise and a way of life - bourgeois, litera [...]

    16. We've all been there: the family reunion that's looked forward to but also dreaded. In Tessa Hadley's latest novel, THE PAST, she reunites four siblings at the ancestral home of their grandparents in the English countryside. The plan is to spend three relaxing weeks together while ultimately deciding what to do with the house which is badly in need of repairs. Naturally, trouble arises in the form of old jealousies and new ones. Wedged between two sections entitled, "The Present," is a journey i [...]

    17. this is my and jakaem's first attempt at a joint review. this task, already a difficult one, is made all the more difficult by the fact that we disagree about the book! jakaem liked it better than i! here goes. jakaem: i particularly enjoyed the unique portraits of all the characters, even though i didn't like any of the characters themselves. creating well-articulated characters who didn't have a lot of redeeming qualities, in fact weren't terribly interesting, felt quite a feat. one might clai [...]

    18. Siblings Harriet, Roland, Alice, and Fran are to spend three weeks vacationing at the family home in Kington while they decide what to do with the place. After years of holding onto the abode and all the memories it holds, they finally have to face the fact that the upkeep is just too much. Harriet arrives alone, Alice brings her ex's college-age son Kasim, Fran's husband is suspiciously absent but her two children Ivy and Arthur are in tow and desperate for an adventure. Roland arrives late wit [...]

    19. Until almost the end, I thought I would be rating this book 3* - It was okay but I wasn't feeling particularly connected to the characters. But after the Pilar/Harriet incident, it changed for me. Suddenly I found myself liking Alice (who before I had thought was just "too much") while Harriet and Fran felt more real and likeable. And then it just all came together for me -- the present and the past of this family. I realized I knew a secret that none of the siblings knew. I saw the child Ivy be [...]

    20. My problem with this novel is that it is just so ordinary. Four siblings meet at the old family house to discuss what to do with it. Inevitably there are disagreements. Lots of time to reminisce and see who remembers most clearly. Troubled relationships. Hasn’t this all been done before? It’s a tried and tested storyline to which Hadley adds nothing of interest. Plus she brings in some extraneous material that jars. The son of the family is on his third wife and she’s Argentinian. Cue a su [...]

    21. This was not a pleasant reading experience for me, to say the least. Hadley's prose is so, so unnecessarily wordy, I had to wonder if she were being paid by the adjective. Really tedious plot, dull characters, action at a snail's pace, strange wandering subplots, and writing that was overly descriptive to the point of distraction. Next!

    22. Tessa Hadley writes the most beautiful sentences. Her voice is clear and her vision of what it is to be human, the grace and grumpiness, is so generous. I love her work.

    23. 4 or 4.5I really liked this one. I picked it up at my university library in a fit of end-of-semester emotions; I had just finished grading students' finals and dropped them back in the office. I was quite elated and skipped on over to the library for a treat. I came away with an armful of books, most of which I was already planning on reading. This book was an impulse though; I picked it up just for the cover--isn't that a gorgeous cover? And I have to say I'm quite pleased with my gut instinct [...]

    24. – It's not healthy, you know, Alice, poking around through all that old stuff. It's too depressing. There's no point in looking backward all the time.– Why not? I like looking backward. It's amazing to imagine her when she was just a girl, and her life hadn't happened to her yet. The sixties and revolution and flared trousers and everything – all that was still to come. Dad was still to come.The Past is a very quiet sort of book. With an omniscient viewpoint that hops between quite a few c [...]

    25. this is my and jo's first attempt at ajoint review. this task, already a difficult one, is made all the more difficult by the fact that we disagree about the book! jo liked it less than i!here goes.jakaem: i particularly enjoyed the unique portraits of all the characters, even though i didn't like any of the characters themselves. creating well-articulated characters who didn't have a lot of redeeming qualities, in fact weren't terribly interesting, felt quite a feat. one might claim that it is [...]

    26. I would probably not have read this had it not been for a recent group I joined, where it was selected for our first group read.The novel starts with a group of grown siblings and other relatives, gathering together at a house for a vacation. The story is kind of slow to start and some of the characters seem redundant until you get to know them. I was surprised when the story suddenly went into the past, but I suppose I shouldn't have been considering the title. I wonder if a different way of o [...]

    27. I love reading reviews almost as much as I love reading fiction, and from doing so have realised that the majority of people often rate books based on a box-ticking system. A highly rated book would have an engaging plot and memorable, preferably likeable, characters that develop throughout the novel. For me though, sometimes a book like this one comes along and transcends that criteria. The Past has given me a unique opportunity to pin down some of my unformed thoughts and feelings, or observan [...]

    28. This is a book I probably wouldn't have picked up if not for a book group I'm a part of and these are the kind of books I love to find via groups. This was a solid novel but it didn't quite resonate with me as much as I'd hoped going in.I enjoyed the POV flow although it took me a bit to get the rhythm of it. I also liked how Hadley was able to bring to life that feeling of being a kid that I find so difficult to express in words. Much of that felt very real and interesting to me. I also enjoye [...]

    29. “Elegant, witty, understated, quiet” are adjectives I’d use to describe author Tessa Hadley’s writing. I read “The Past” for the pure pleasure of reading. It’s a novel that one wants to reread passages because the writing is so elegant.That said, it’s a long narrative. There’s not much action and fast-paced scenes. It’s a story of four adult siblings coming to their late grandparent’s home in England for a three week vacation. One sister is flighty, a washed up actress. One [...]

    30. A real jewel. A slow, meticulous building of characters and atmospheres. Quiet and unassuming. Interesting juxtaposition of tawdry and luminous moments. And I can't remember ever reading more convincing child characters.All that being said, it's not especially memorable, and I wouldn't suggest reading it at the same time as other books (The Past draws you in, but so languorously that if you take a lot of breaks with other books, like I did, the connection will be broken and you'll have to build [...]

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