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Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
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Aug 20, 2009

really liked it
Read in July, 2009

Lively won a Booker prize with this book. It sounds trivial to say the voice, the character, the life and the relationships of an old woman dying in a hospital captivate you, not with her death, but with her life. She grabs you right away in her first person narrative, though, and doesn't let go. Except that she's interrupted by third person narratives on a regular basis, in which some of the same events and relationships are seen from the point of view of others. I admired Lively's ability to carry the narrative in a gripping way in a completely retrospective telling--it's all over for her, but you are engrossed in the relations and events she recounts as if they were happening. Not only does she manage to stay right in each scene with her distinctive voice, but she moves from childhood up to death without leaving you any sense of disjunction, almost with a unity a Greek playwright would have achieved by more mechanical means. I wonder if I should have rated this five stars!
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