The London Train (E–pub/E–book) ☆ Tessa Hadley


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SUMMARY The London Train ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub CHARACTERS µ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Tessa Hadley Ff to the house she has inherited from her parents She is escaping her marriage and the constrictions and disappointments of her lif. Tessa Hadley keeps proving herself as the kind of writer whose books get better and better London Train is her fifth novel and I have to say it was wonderfulIt was on the long list for the 2011 Orange Prize Most of the novel is divided into the story of two separate characters but don t think short stories Think like Carol Shields Republic of Love Story one is about Paul He lives a thoughtful life in Cardiff with wife 2 and children s 2 and 3 He s a poet and a father and an about to be midlife crisis man His eldest daughter Pia 1 is the one whose life he s a part timer in She lives with her Mother Paul s life of comfort and untested intellectual liberality is put to the point when Pia disappears and is found pregnant living in sualor in London with her illegal boyfriend Story two is about Clara She is seeking peace Clara has spent 25 years working hard teaching other people s children Her parents have recently passed away and her marriage is in trouble Clara s much older husband is facing disciplinary actions at work Like Paul Clara is a relatively untried liberal intellectual whose life is suddenly in a crisis Clara moves from the anxiety of her London life to take a job as a librarian in Cardiff When Hadley takes these strangers on a train and adds a touch of Brief Encounter you have London Train In fact this novel really is a contemporary retelling of Brief Encounter It has the same domestic responsibilities and virtues verses romance and freedom theme Oh and trains too In Hadley s version we learn much about the lives of the characters than we do in Brief Encounter Like Coward s Laura and Alec Paul and Clara have reached middle age relatively unscathed and with dreams of hearth and home if not completely intact then at least still glimmering Unlike Laura and Alec Hadley s characters are not uietly noble restrained proper people Paul and Clara have left their self absorbed little fingerprints all over their messy lives After five very enjoyable novels Tessa Hadley is an old hand at making troubled relationships fresh and entertaining She stirs up London Train a bit by playing fast and loose with chronological order Hadley has made London Train an observationally acute examination of choices and a terrific read Time to wait for novel 6 Emotional Resilience Simple Truths for Dealing with the Unfinished Business of Your Past parents She is escaping her marriage and the constrictions and disappointments of her lif. Tessa Hadley keeps Der Nebelkönig proving herself as the kind of writer whose books get better and better London Train is her fifth novel and I have to say it was wonderfulIt was on the long list for the 2011 Orange Prize Most of the novel is divided into the story of two separate characters but don t think short stories Think like Carol Shields Republic of Love Story one is about Paul He lives a thoughtful life in Cardiff with wife 2 and children s 2 and 3 He s a Fat Boy Swim poet and a father and an about to be midlife crisis man His eldest daughter Pia 1 is the one whose life he s a Dwight Swain Master Writing Teacher 6 CDs part timer in She lives with her Mother Paul s life of comfort and untested intellectual liberality is With Malice Toward All The uips Lives and Loves of Some Celebrated 20th Century American Wits put to the Trotsky: Downfall Of A Revolutionary point when Pia disappears and is found Educational Policy and the Law pregnant living in sualor in London with her illegal boyfriend Story two is about Clara She is seeking Mukiwa peace Clara has spent 25 years working hard teaching other The Unfaithful Widow people s children Her Cedric and the Dragon parents have recently Die unendliche Geschichte passed away and her marriage is in trouble Clara s much older husband is facing disciplinary actions at work Like Paul Clara is a relatively untried liberal intellectual whose life is suddenly in a crisis Clara moves from the anxiety of her London life to take a job as a librarian in Cardiff When Hadley takes these strangers on a train and adds a touch of Brief Encounter you have London Train In fact this novel really is a contemporary retelling of Brief Encounter It has the same domestic responsibilities and virtues verses romance and freedom theme Oh and trains too In Hadley s version we learn much about the lives of the characters than we do in Brief Encounter Like Coward s Laura and Alec Paul and Clara have reached middle age relatively unscathed and with dreams of hearth and home if not completely intact then at least still glimmering Unlike Laura and Alec Hadley s characters are not uietly noble restrained The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories proper The Big Book of Blues The Fully Revised and Updated Biographical Encyclopedia people Paul and Clara have left their self absorbed little fingerprints all over their messy lives After five very enjoyable novels Tessa Hadley is an old hand at making troubled relationships fresh and entertaining She stirs up London Train a bit by Spark and Burn Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 7 8 #4 playing fast and loose with chronological order Hadley has made London Train an observationally acute examination of choices and a terrific read Time to wait for novel 6

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The London Train

SUMMARY The London Train ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub CHARACTERS µ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Tessa Hadley E Connecting them is the London train and a chance meeting that will have immediate and far reading conseuences for both Paul and Co. Even before Tessa Hadley s The London Train got on to the Orange Prize longlist I told Trish of TLC Book Tours that I simply had to read it And as I sat here waiting for my copy I found that made it to the longlist and even though I hadn t yet read it was hoping to see it on the shortlist as well That didn t happen but I was still glad to finally start reading this very literary book last week The London Train is actually two short stories in one book Or as is the trend now with short stories two seemingly unconnected stories which are irrevocably connected Getting into this book I wasn t aware that there were two distinct stories When I did know of it I would have been a tad disappointed had they not been linked We start off reading about our first protagonist Paul and the trip he makes to Birmingham where his mother has just passed away at an assisted living facility He is clearly unhinged by her death even though it was probably unsurprising The next day he gets a call from his first wife who tells him that their 20 year old daughter Pia is missing When he finally finds Pia in London he finds her staying in the most unexpected environment pregnant with a Polish lover who was several years elder to her in a cramped untidy apartment that belonged to the Polish guy s sister He is completely entranced by what he sees that he moves in with themIn the other story Cora separates from her husband Robert a civil servant who is facing an inuiry at work She also leaves her career and moves back to Wales where she chooses to work in a library Robert and his sister Frankie who is also Cora s best friend want her to reconsider to return back to Robert but Cora has decided there is no other lover she just wants her solitude The guarded manner in which she holds herself not letting a single weak emotion betray her shows that she is hiding something but it isn t until a third of the story in that we really find out The London Train is a very literary work one of the best I ve read in that category It took me a while to realize that this is not a book to be rushed Rather each word sentence and phrase has to be savored There is really very little that happens in this book If I had to summarize the stories I probably won t need than a few sentences to tell you what happens from the first to the last page But none of that would make much sense without actually living the novel The feelings of despair loneliness anxiety and confusion that the characters feel literally jump out of the page I ended up feeling the same as the characters as I was reading the book Paul was clearly very unlikeable He did have some good attributes but his annoying characteristics were dominant Rather than bring Pia home or leave her free to do as she wished as any self respecting father would do Paul gets enchanted with her decision and wants to live life in the unsafe lane Maybe that s his mid life crisis Besides even with a supporting wife and two wonderful kids at home and the recent death of his mother haunting him he was disillusioned with his life enough to let go of himself and allow circumstances to take overCora on the other hand is too guarded After her parents deaths she revamps their home intending to sell it but eventually moving into it The care she puts into maintaining the house s facade and the worry that festers in her mind about anything getting disturbed pretty much mimics the state of her mind She puts the same energy into masking herself so much so that she is not able to connect with her best friend at all For the first many pages the reader gets the impression that Cora s husband Robert is just too predictable too formulaic a person for Cora to handle and so she leaves him Which is partly true I found it interesting how the rest of the story tumbled out I got the sensation that the author was probably teasing the reader hinting that appearances are deceptiveThe stories are clearly only about Paul and Cora As with most literary novels the book left me wondering about the arcs of some of the other characters As opposed to general fiction where all characters are usually accounted for by the last page literary fiction such as this stress on the mystery and continuity of life Paul and Cora are clearly very flawed human beings And reading from the perspective of such characters makes for an interesting experience Most of the narration happens from Paul s and Cora s perspectives Though sometimes we get a hint of what the others are thinking to round up the picture I won t spill out any details of the time when their stories intersect but I did feel that that event had of a bearing on Cora s life than on Paul s I see something of this sort in many of the books I read the woman gets even strongly impacted than the man You could also see that while Cora tries to set her life in order Paul tries to upset the status uo I do think married couples need their own moments of privacy often but I found it disappointing that Paul found it convenient to just disappear for weeks The London Train is however not without its demerits While the author s writing made the characters feelings very personal to me I found it very detached as well The hyphenated form of conversation was distracting You re joking Paul said Your dad s crazy he s really crazy For a book of this type I would never suggest the double uotes as a suitable alternative because that might lend it a sentiment of triviality focus will end up being stressed on the conversations themselves as opposed to what the conversations were meant to evoke in the characters and the reader I do feel that s a fine and necessary line But I would have preferred a better way of printing those conversations sometimes I just wasn t sure if it was a conversation or not Maybe it doesn t matter the whole stories were probably meant to happen in my headI took my own time to rate this book Halfway through this book I felt it was a mixed bag for me but I ve been thinking of the book ever since Which usually means it s pretty thought provoking Besides I absolutely love the title of the book mainly because once I realized where it came from it felt smart succinct and with a world of secrets in that title This is not a preachy kind of book in the sense that there are no messages or lessons that you could garner out of it But it left me thinking about the characters wondering about their fallibility and their uniue responses How their actions are not just a result of their desires and impulses but also some specific triggers in their lives that make them want to escape And how most importantly an action can be judged right or wrong in isolation but it s not that simple when looked at in context Sidonia the Sorceress the Supposed Destroyer of the Whole Reigning Ducal House of Pomerania Volume 2 protagonist Paul and the trip he makes to Birmingham where his mother has just Winter Poems (pb) passed away at an assisted living facility He is clearly unhinged by her death 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SUMMARY The London Train ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub CHARACTERS µ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Tessa Hadley Paul lives in the Welsh countryside with his wife Elise and their two young children Over in London Cora plans to move back to Cardi. I am a huge Tessa Hadley fan have loved all her books and was so excited for this one to come out And I wasn t disappointed It is all the things I ve adored about her previous work subtly beautifully written smart about what it means to be human I was fascinated by the comments that remark on how unpleasant both of the main characters are I suppose because I could see that but wasn t put off by it in fact it s one of the things I find most moving about Hadley s work her ability to create characters who don t behave particularly well but who are in spite or because of that behavior deeply human and sympathetic I felt for both Paul and Cora though if they were real people and I actually knew them I might not like them very much And even though my outward circumstances are very different from theirs I found myself empathizing too I think that s part of Hadley s genius as a writer she finds what is most human and most loveable in her characters and is able to communicate that in a uietly gorgeous way Plus she intuits and then is able to describe with incredible accuracy feelings and thoughts that seem totally real to me but that don t often get acknowledged in fiction or anywhere else That s part of what gives her writing such depth that enormous attention to what is usually hidden in us I kept stumbling on sentences that describe beautifully memorably something I d felt even though I hadn t even been aware of it at the time The fact that she gives words to the inner life makes her work an essential companion for me Only Pleasure plans to move back to Cardi. I am a huge Tessa Hadley fan have loved all her books and was so excited for this one to come out And I wasn t disappointed It is all the things I ve adored about her Planted Forests previous work subtly beautifully written smart about what it means to be human I was fascinated by the comments that remark on how unpleasant both of the main characters are I suppose because I could see that but wasn t No Turning Back Suspense Series #3 put off by it in fact it s one of the things I find most moving about Hadley s work her ability to create characters who don t behave Ab Urbe Condita Libri particularly well but who are in spite or because of that behavior deeply human and sympathetic I felt for both Paul and Cora though if they were real A Mansion in the Sky and Other Short Stories (CMES Modern Middle East Literature in Translation Series) people and I actually knew them I might not like them very much And even though my outward circumstances are very different from theirs I found myself empathizing too I think that s Anthony Blunt His Lives part of Hadley s genius as a writer she finds what is most human and most loveable in her characters and is able to communicate that in a uietly gorgeous way Plus she intuits and then is able to describe with incredible accuracy feelings and thoughts that seem totally real to me but that don t often get acknowledged in fiction or anywhere else That s When the Dancing Stopped The Real Story of the Morro Castle Disaster and Its Deadly Wake part of what gives her writing such depth that enormous attention to what is usually hidden in us I kept stumbling on sentences that describe beautifully memorably something I d felt even though I hadn t even been aware of it at the time The fact that she gives words to the inner life makes her work an essential companion for me


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