Giving Up the Ghost : A Memoir
From the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of ‘Wolf Hall’, a wry, shocking and beautiful memoir of childhood, ghosts, hauntings, illness and family.
At no. 58 the top of my head comes to the outermost curve of my great-aunt, Annie Connor. Her shape is like the full moon, her smile is beaming; the outer rim of her is covered by her pinny, woven with tiny flowers. It is...more
Hilary Mantel is one of my favourite novelists. Although it's often best not to know much about writers you admire, I'm an incurable sticky beak, so I had to read (or rather listen to) her memoir.
Mantel is just a few years older than I am and I now know that we've had a number of similar life experiences. Not literary-award winning life experiences (obviously), but personal experiences that mark your life forever. So as I listened to the audiobook and reviewed my own life in the course of learn ...more
HILARY THE ILLERY
I heard Hilary being interviewed and was grabbed by her weird life, not the usual middle-class sinuous blandishments at all. For a double-Booker winner she’s a walking Disease-of-the-Week movie.
Hilary Mantel has been several different women in her unusual life – young and old, poor and rich, working class and middle class, rejected and vastly successful, really thin and very fat. And she was once well but from the age of 27 she’s been ill. Her disease baffled the doctors (back ...more
She writes beautifully about her early years and with astonishingly vivid recollections she captures her childhood mind. She is old beyond her years with a need to make sense of her world from a touchingly young age. She has an enquiring and elaborate imagination, an interest in understanding others and a hunger for knowledge.
This book is largely a childhood memoir. As you can imagine Hilary was a bright and precocious child, she amuses herself with tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the round table and desires the life of the knight errant but alas at the age of four she is disappointed to find that she d ...more
And it's good.
It's also the only Hilary Mantel I've read, though I'm aware of her stature as a historical novelist, and I've listened to her on the radio and read articles by her in newspapers.
This memoir is personal. Very. The early pages are slightly fragment ...more
Hilary Mantel ist eine der wohl einflussreichsten Schriftstellerinnen unserer Zeit. Als einzige Frau hat sie mit ihren bisher erschienenen Romanen um Thomas Cromwell, “Wolf Hall” (Wölfe) und “Bring up the Bodies” (Falken) den Man Booker Prize gewonnen.
Für mich ist sie eine Lieblingsautorin, wegen ihrer wunderbaren Sprache, die mich leicht ins Schwärmen geraten lässt. Natürlich gefällt es mir auch gut, dass sie meistens auf historische Themen setzt.
“Giving u ...more
This is what I recommend to people who ask me how to get published. Trust your reader, stop spoon-feeding your reader, stop patronizing your reader, give your reader credit for being as smart as you at least, and stop being so bloody beguiling: you in the back row, will you turn off that charm! Plain words on plain paper. Remember what Orwell say...more
"'When I was young,' I said diffidently, 'I used to think that dog was a cow.' I was hoping to prompt the reply, 'Well, actually, secretly, it is,' but the reply I got was, 'Don’t be silly.'"
"She didn’t understand their genteel nursey euphemisms, and when they handed her a flask and asked her to pass water she came across to ask if I knew what the fuck they were talking about."
"When the professor had examined me at Outpatients, a week or two ea ...more
I've just attempted to read her opening piece, 'Meeting the Devil' in a 2013 anthology of memoir from the London Review of Books which takes its title from Mantel's contribution. In it, she writes in bloody, excruciating and horrifying detail abo ...more
- Upped my verdict int ...more
Firstly, it is wonderfully written. Although Mantel is now a well known prize winning author, this is in fact t ...more
However, Giving Up the Ghost is so much more than a window into the life of au ...more
I liked this book best as Mantel worked through her childhood and early teen years. There's a l ...more
‘... dus het lijkt me niet erg om toe te geven dat ik onderdak aan geesten heb verleend. Geesten zijn de rafels en flarden van het leven van alledag, informatie die je verzamelt zonder te weten wat je ermee moet doen, kennis die je niet kunt verwerken;...’ (p. 219).
Hilary Mantel verovert ons taalgebied met ...more