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A poetic book of voices, landscapes and the passing of time, Ann Quin's finely wrought novel reflects the multiple meanings of the very word "passages." Two characters move through the book -- a woman in search of her brother, and her lover (a masculine reflection of herself) in search of himself. The form of the novel, reflecting the schizophrenia of the characters, is sp...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1969)
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Mariel
Jan 31, 2013 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: there has been a death recently no one occupied the body since
Recommended to Mariel by: a dog with a rotten tongue hesitates to eat the carcass
Not that I've dismissed the possibility that my brother is dead. We have discussed what is possible, what is not. They say there's every chance. No chance at all.

I had the feeling of staying up late at night and listening to someone far away fighting. Voices muffled, then sex. Not lovemaking. I can't see or here anything and then images come from the sounds. Not too loud, someone will hear. An unreal quality, like playacting or a dream. Whips, moans, hair and lashing. The next day they emerge wi...more
Jafar
I went to the library to get another one of Ann Quin’s books, but picked up this one instead. This book reminded me a lot of The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It’s written in fragments and the writing is poetic. The landscape is not the post-apocalyptic America, but an unnamed Island in which a woman is searching for her brother whom she fears killed by the military. She’s accompanied by her lover. As in The Road, there’s no plot. The focus is on the relationship between the man and the woman. Half o...more
Jon
Sep 28, 2013 Jon added it
I suppose the best word to describe this novel is cinematic....It reminds me of a combination of BLOW-UP and Z, with John Cassavetes handling the boy-girl domestic scenes....It's been compared to Graham Greene's BRIGHTON ROCK but reminds me more of Cyril Connolly's THE ROCK POOL, the same sense of slightly decadent beach-side futility. (Her first two novels have a similar setting.) Her later and last novel TRIPTICKS is more amusing, a bizarre trip through the late-60s US from a British perspecti...more
Martin
This is absolutely amazing and thrilling read. Whether you read it as a whole or opening it from time to time to read its fragments, it offers emotionally rich and balanced read. Some passages are almost ripe and ready for you to squeeze the sweet juices out of them. Some may feel bitter and can remind you of failure and regret, but they're still gently envowen in the text so you can absorb them without any harm. It's the strongest experimental novella I read since I discovered Ferlighetti's "He...more
Fenixbird SandS
Oct 02, 2007 Fenixbird SandS rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ANYONE IN A RELATIONSHIP
HELP! GREAT OVERVIEW OF THE VARIETY OF PEOPLE AND THEIR CHOICES BREAKS DOWN THE PASSAGES OF LIFE THROUGH THE STAGES...DECADE BY DECADE....PSYCH DEVELOPMENT
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POP PSYCHOLOGY - CASE STUDIES 1 2 Oct 06, 2007 10:47PM  
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Ann Quin (1936-1973) was a British writer noted for her experimental style. The author of Berg (1964), Three (1966), Passages (1969) and Tripticks (1972), she committed suicide in 1973 at the age of 37.

Quin came from a working-class family and was educated at the Convent of the Blessed Sacrament. She trained as a shorthand typist and worked in a solicitor's office, then at a publishing company whe...more
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Berg Three Tripticks Anti-Story: An Anthology of Experimental Fiction The Review Of Contemporary Fiction: Rick Moody, Ann Quin, Silas Flannery

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