Astonishing Splashes of Colour
Kitty struggles to come to terms with her life, including the loss of...more
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Astonishing Splashes of Colour
(Tindal Street Press, $29.95)
Reviewed by Philippa Jamieson
Astonshing Splashes of Colour was shortlisted for this year's Man Booker prize, and is certainly a well-crafted first novel and a good read. The prosaic style belies its subtlety and depth, and the author captures the ephemeral in solid form, translating universal themes of loss and family relationships into a poignant story.
The novel begin...more
What made this book interesting to me was for one the title and then the concept: being raised as the youngest of a number of siblings, almost all brothers, never knowing her mother, Kitty tries to find out about the history of her family and especially her mother.
If the author had spent more time on the supporting character...more
Of course, there must be reasons for Kitty's withdrawal from the real world...more
I loved it. It's one of those "day in the life" sorts of books. Not fast-paced, a lot doesn't really go on. It's more about how the story is told. I loved this narrator's voice. It's unreliable--the character is unreliable, she's MEANT to be unreliable. She is coupled with a character who is very...more
Short-listed for the 2003 Booker Prize, Astonishing Splashes of Colour received wide praise in Britain. Its title is drawn from J.M. Barre's Peter Pan ("Neverland is always more or less an island, with astonishing splashes of colour here and there") and is an appropriate reference as Kitty herself has regressed as a result of her sadness. "I don't feel grown-up anymore," Kitty says. "_
title...an interesting blurb on the back of the book....I've learned
that all of these can promote excessive expectations and lead to a
dire case of book disappointment. Sometimes I think I'd rather know
too little about a book and thus come to expect little.
I had high expectations for this book. If you go into reading it
without expecting "astonishing splashes of colour", if you begin
reading, thinking, perhaps, "nice and interesting splashes", I think
you might rate...more
« - Мы должны с этим смириться – устроить жизнь без детей, делать то, что хотим.
Мне трудно говорить. Смотрю на потолок и вижу крошечного паучка, устремляющегося к какой-то призрачной цели. А знает ли он, куда идет? Или откуда пришел?
- Да, - говорю я »
Звучит ли «да» согласием на предложение подчинить жизнь обстоятельствам, или же это ответ на собственный вопрос о том, откуда и куда движется представитель членистоногих на потолке, нам так и не сужд...more
I really wanted to like this novel because of its title. As the first few pages indicate, "Astonishing splashes of colour" is a quote from Peter Pan, which evokes...more
I imagine a lot of people figured out early on in this book what the surprises would be. I'd like to think the plot was constructed as a stage for synaethesia, but even that seems hardly fleshed out.
Unfortunately my sympathy for the character, Kitty, didn't go very far, despite what are admittedly some pretty big troubles. Aside from her, the other characters seemed underdeveloped. They came with labels: the husband is "sanity in a can," the oldest brother "the su...more