A Fairly Good Time: with Green Water, Green Sky

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A Fairly Good Time with Green Water Green Sky An NYRB Classics OriginalMavis Gallant s novels are as memorable as her renowned short stories Full of wit and psychological poignancy A Fairly Good Time here with Green Water Green Sky encapsulat
  • Title: A Fairly Good Time: with Green Water, Green Sky
  • Author: Mavis Gallant
  • ISBN: 9781590179871
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Paperback
  • An NYRB Classics OriginalMavis Gallant s novels are as memorable as her renowned short stories Full of wit and psychological poignancy, A Fairly Good Time, here with Green Water, Green Sky, encapsulates Gallant s unparalleled skill as a storyteller Shirley Perrigny n e Norrington, then briefly Higgins , the heroine of A Fairly Good Time, is an original Derided by the PAn NYRB Classics OriginalMavis Gallant s novels are as memorable as her renowned short stories Full of wit and psychological poignancy, A Fairly Good Time, here with Green Water, Green Sky, encapsulates Gallant s unparalleled skill as a storyteller Shirley Perrigny n e Norrington, then briefly Higgins , the heroine of A Fairly Good Time, is an original Derided by the Parisians she lives among and chided by her fellow Canadians, this young widow recently remarried to a French journalist named Philippe is fond of quoting Jane Austen and Kingsley Amis and of using her myopia as a defense against social aggression As the fixed points in Shirley s life begin to recede Philippe having apparently though not definitively left her freewheeling, makeshift, and self abnegating ways come to seem an aspect of devotion to her fellow man Could this unreliable protagonist be the unwitting heroine of her own story Green Water, Green Sky, Gallant s first novel, is a darker tale of the fractured family life of Bonnie McCarthy, an American divorc e, and her daughter, Flor Uprooted and unmoored, mother and daughter live like itinerants in Venice, Cannes, and Paris glamorous and dependent With little hope of escape, Flor attempts to flee this untidy life and the false notes of her mother.
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    She would not have lived in a place partly furnished by strangers The curtains would have been taken down, the carpets rolled and tied with string and put in the basement for moths to feed on Here you built a life around other people s leavings your family s, or people you had never seen but whose traces you might find in provincial museums You built around a past of glass cases, shabby lighting, a foul smelling guardian saying, It is forbidden What begins as a whirling, Joycean immersion into t [...]

    I decided to launch to Gallant s works by reading her novels first, and I don t regret it Both stories are so different but they leave you a strange sort of sorrow What struck me the most, as is also noted in the introduction, are the flashbacks which imprint the weight of a memory on a page While it reminds of Cat s Eye by Margaret Atwood, there s an odd detachment from the heavy memory, as if the feelings associated with the memory have been exhausted There are countless brilliant recollection [...]

    Since there are two novels in this one book, I ve averaged the rating 3 stars for A Fairly Good Time and 5 stars for Green Water, Green Sky The main title is amusing and full of the wit and sharp phrasing I ve come to expect from Gallant, but the story as a whole felt needlessly stretched and indulgent in ways that her short stories never are That is directly contradicted in Green Water, Green Sky, which is pitch perfect in its sublime depiction of the dissolution of sanity and its inevitable co [...]

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