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Jigsaw: An Unsentimental Education
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Booker Prize for Fiction > 1989 Shortlist: Jigsaw

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Ang | 1685 comments Jigsaw by Sybille Bedford


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Ang | 1685 comments Sybille Bedford on Desert Island Disks Archive:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009...

I'm listening now and she's talking about Aldous Huxley who I believe features in Jigsaw.


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Trevor (mookse) | 1859 comments Mod
NYRB Classics has a new edition of this coming out soon. I have a copy, so it must be within the month.


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Ang | 1685 comments Oh, fantastic. I'll wait for that one. I love NYRB Classics!


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Sam | 1713 comments Available as a kindle edition as well.


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WndyJW | 6610 comments I wish I knew nyrb was going to be publishing Jigsaw: An Unsentimental Education before I ordered it. I guess I can still order an nyrb edition. I only spent about $3 on abes.


Hugh (bodachliath) | 3601 comments Mod
I started reading this last night. Only a few pages in so far, but it definitely reads more like memoir than novel. It is quite densely written, so it may take a while to finish.


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WndyJW | 6610 comments My copy arrived today and the jacket said is Bedford described it as autobiographical.


Hugh (bodachliath) | 3601 comments Mod
I am over halfway through, and yes, it is autobiographical, but it is also a novel in that certain elements have been fictionalised, mostly to protect the reputations of friends and acquaintances, and she also admits that it is a version of events according to her own memory that may not be factually accurate. So she was a precursor of the likes of Knausgaard.


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Hugh (bodachliath) | 3601 comments Mod
I finished this yesterday. She had an unusually interesting childhood which makes for a fascinating and compelling read but I am not sure how to judge it as a novel. My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show....


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Val | 1016 comments I agree with Hugh about this one too. It is fascinating and compelling and it is also well written. As a memoir, I would give it five stars, but I'm not sure it quite works as a novel.


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WndyJW | 6610 comments I'm having a strange relationship with Jigsaw, I don't feel particularly eager to pick it up, but once I start reading I don't want to put it down. I love her voice and ordered Legacy.


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Sam | 1713 comments I have a mixed opinion of Jigsaw as well. I liked the book for the setting in the South of France and various obstacles the characters met throughout, but was not fond of the voice the author used to tell the story. I thought the voice a bit too mannered, too self-conscious, which IMO lessened the drama and hence the believability. I felt the author's mature voice was editing for wppearance's sake many of the scenes.


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