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eBook HELIGOLAND download

by SHENA MACKAY

eBook HELIGOLAND download ISBN: 0099273594
Author: SHENA MACKAY
Publisher: VINTAGE; New Ed edition (2004)
Language: English
Pages: 224
ePub: 1858 kb
Fb2: 1994 kb
Rating: 4.2
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary

The Nautilus, a strange building shaped like the chambered shell of the. Shena Mackay was born in Edinburgh in 1944 and currently lives in London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and also Honorary Visiting Professor to the MA in Writing at Middlesex University. Her novels include the black comedy Redhill Rococo (1986), winner of the Fawcett Society Book Prize; Dunedin (1992), which won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award; and the acclaimed The Orchard Shena Mackay was born in Edinburgh in 1944 and currently lives in London.

Heligoland by Shena Mackay 198pp, Jonathan Cape, £1. 9. Shena Mackay's elegant, elusive new book sketches out the circumstances of marginal and defeated lives in what are almost short stories, loosely threaded like beads on a string. Her theme is elderly or middle-aged people living fretfully in genteel obscurity, but doing so in such a way that they seem like bright, observant but powerless children.

Heligoland, by Shena Mackay. Each of us has a Heligoland. Not everyone is blessed by a Nautilus. Stevie Davies enjoys the whimsical wonders and quirky comedy of one of our most eccentric novelists. Saturday 1 March 2003 01:00. The imaginative conceit which centres the novel represents a relic of modernist idealism: a spiral-shell folly in south London built as an avant-garde artists' colony.

Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13:9780224072519.

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Shena Mackay FRSL (born 1944) is a Scottish novelist born in Edinburgh. She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1996 for The Orchard on Fire, and was shorrlisted for the Whitbread Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2003 for Heligoland. Mackay was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. After the war her family moved to Hampstead, London, and eventually settled in Shoreham in Kent, from where she attended Tonbridge Grammar School.

A meandering (in an interesting way) story about self-discovery. Gentle, but perspicacious. Find similar books Profile. With the antiquated vacuum cleaner at her heels, nervous and with unfocused hopes, Rowena imagines herself handling books and scholarly papers reverently, and at the same time wants Francis to recognise her as a kindred spirit. This is the closest she's come to a poet in the flesh since she failed to get a job in the Poetry Society cafe.

Heligoland by Shena Mackay - book cover, description, publication history. April 2021 : UK Paperback.

Heligoland is a novel by British author Shena Mackay, first published in 2003 by Jonathan Cape. It was shortlisted for both Whitbread Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction. The Guardian says of the book "This is drawn so playfully and so compassionately - and with such consistently beautiful writing - that the experience is mysteriously comic and sweet.

Comments: (3)
Ximathewi
There were too many seemingly disconnected characters so didn't venture far into it.
Runeterror
Most of the characters in Shena Mackay's book are looking back with nostalgia on a past which is over and cannot be recaptured. The main protagonist, Rowena Snow, has even more to regret. Orphaned twice (her parents died when she was a baby; her beloved aunt when she was a young child), she is sent to an over-liberal boarding school run by an ineffective married couple. Never given a chance to fulfil her potential or make friends, she joins the dying community at the Nautilus. Will she at last have an opportunity for happiness and belonging? Will her presence revive the community?

This is not an action driven plot, rather it is contemplative and beautifully written.
Longitude Temporary
Shena Mackay's latest novel "Heligoland" has been shortlisted for several prestigious UK book awards including the Orange Prize. That comes as no surprise as Mackay's pedigree is quite impeccable and "Heligoland" is just the sort of novel that's aimed at book critics to win heaps of prizes but will be challenged to sell ten copies to the great reading public inside (let alone outside) the Great Britain. Put simply, it is too writer-ly, obscure, quirky and parochial in its orientation and for that reason won't be a natural candidate for any reader's recommended reading list.
Mackay's story about a bunch of socially inept, period outcasts, antiquated relics and leftovers from the last world war, squatting and living uncomfortably together in a clamber-shell shaped building in South London called the Nautilus doesn't offer a very promising premise for an interesting story. It wouldn't be so bad to have the plot randomly overrun by a wide cast of tedious, colourless and instantly forgettable minor characters if we had solid central characters to serve as anchor for the story. The truth is that neither Rowena Snow - the novel's heroine - Celeste Zylberstein, Francis Campion, nor Gus Crabb make compelling characters. They're drab and boring and they don't leave any impression and that's the crux of the problem.
Mackay's prose is flawless, beautifully crafted and vividly imagined in fine descriptive language but it is also economical to a fault. Dialogue is used so sparingly there's a distinct lack of immediacy to the plot, causing the scenes to run into each other. Besides, Mackay makes no concession to the foreign reader, so you're likely to be lost (like me) in the face of constant references to landmarks, places and objects that will have no meaning to anyone living outside of the locale. It's not until you reach the final 30 pages or so that things start to happen, some measure of coherence is established and you begin to see the point of it all. By then, it's too late and you're just relieved you've made it to the end. And it's a short book.
Book prize nominee or not, I really didn't enjoy "Heligoland". The critics seem to love it. They have made their case but I cannot honestly imagine it having much of an appeal to the general reading public.