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by Deborah Levy

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Author: Deborah Levy
ISBN: 1908276029
ISBN13: 978-1908276025
Language: English
Publisher: And Other Stories; 1St Edition edition (October 1, 2011)
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Deborah Levy's novel of anxiety and control unnerves John Self. The familiar elements in Swimming Home are a middle-class holiday, two families sharing a villa, and a stranger coming into their lives.

Deborah Levy's novel of anxiety and control unnerves John Self. The risk of cosy familiarity seems great – the usual conflicts, the expected twists – but the result is something spiky and unsettling. In south-east France in July 1994, Joe and Isabel Jacobs are staying with their 14-year-old daughter Nina and another couple.

Introduced by Tom McCarthy. If the setting and plot of Swimming Home are borrowed, almost ironically, from the staid -on-holiday novel, all similarities end there. To Sadie and Leila, so dear, always. The book’s real drama plays out through blue sugar mice who scuttle from candy stalls into nightmares; or stones with holes in that turn into voyeuristic (or myopic) telescopes, then lethal weights, then, simply, holes. What holds this kaleidoscopic narrative together, even as it tears its characters apart, is – in classical Freudian fashion – desire: desire and its inseparable flip side, the death drive.

Deborah Levy, Swimming Home. Clemens Meyer, All the Lights. translated from the German by Katy Derbyshire. Juan Pablo Villalobos, Down the Rabbit Hole. translated from the Spanish by Rosalind Harvey. Title: Swimming Home. Author: Deborah Levy. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transported in any form by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise), without the prior written permission of the publisher.

From the first brief chapters of Deborah Levy’s spare, disturbing and frequently funny novel, which was a. .As we continue reading, we realize that Swimming Home is unlike anything but itself.

From the first brief chapters of Deborah Levy’s spare, disturbing and frequently funny novel, which was a finalist for this year’s Man Booker Prize, we sense that things will turn out badly - for the nude interloper as well as for the villa guests. Its originality lies in its ellipses, its patterns and repetitions, in what it discloses and reveals, and in the peculiar curio cabinet Levy has constructed: a collection of objects and details that disclose more about these fictional men and women than they are willing, or able, to tell us about themselves.

Swimming Home is a novel by British writer Deborah Levy, published on 10 September 2012. The short novel deals with the experiences of poet Joe Jacobs, when his family vacation is interrupted by a fanatical reader

Swimming Home is a novel by British writer Deborah Levy, published on 10 September 2012. The short novel deals with the experiences of poet Joe Jacobs, when his family vacation is interrupted by a fanatical reader. Critical reception for the novel was generally favourable. On 25 July 2012 the book was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and on 11 September that year it was shortlisted. It was shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize (2013).

Reading Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home is as unsettling as skating across a thinly frozen pond . witty right up until it’s unbearably sad. New Yorker.

Swimming Home is a subversive page-turner, a merciless gaze at the insidious harm that depression can have on apparently stable, well-turned-out people. Set in a summer villa, the story is tautly structured, taking place over a single week in which a group of beautiful, flawed tourists in the French Riviera come loose at the seams. Deborah Levy's writing combines linguistic virtuosity, technical brilliance and a strong sense of what it means to be alive. Swimming Home represents a new direction for a major writer.

He usually bought it from the driver who dropped the immigrant cleaners at the tourist villas, but they were organising a strike

He usually bought it from the driver who dropped the immigrant cleaners at the tourist villas, but they were organising a strike. e had spent the night preparing for it. Jurgen’s cottage was owned by Rita Dwighter but not yet ‘restored’ and he wanted to keep it that way. Sometimes he threw heavy objects at the walls in the hope that it would become unrestorable and keep its status as the ugly dysfunctional child in Rita Dwighter’s family of properties. Now he was huddled over Claude’s mobile phone

Swimming Home is a subversive page-turner, a merciless gaze at the insidious harm that depression can have on apparently stable, well-turned-out people. Set in a summer villa, the story is tautly structured, taking place over a single week in which a group of beautiful, flawed tourists in the French Riviera come loose at the seams. Deborah Levy's writing combines linguistic virtuosity, technical brilliance and a strong sense of what it means to be alive. Swimming Home represents a new direction for a major writer. In this book, the wildness and the danger are all the more powerful for resting just beneath the surface. With its deep psychology, biting humour and deceptively light surface, it wears its darkness lightly.
Comments to eBook Swimming Home
Rit
This book is about a man who cheats on his wife, who habitually cheats on his wife, who meet a manic pixie dream girl off her medication.

The first scene is the culmination of their flirtation, so some of the cliche moments that follow feel less cliche because the uncertainty has been taken out. Some of the subtle moments also feel less so, because the reader knows exactly what they are hinting at. In other moments, where their end has not been revealed, the subtlety is overdone. In many moments, most especially at the climax, information is withheld from the reader in a way that feels very intentional, very written, and is therefor frustrating. Words are shaped with the intent to conceal, to mislead, to confuse the reader who is doing their best to follow along in good faith. I found this frustrating, and I'm not sure if the worst moments were those that were so subtle I overlooked them and considered them nothing, or the moments where I knew exactly what was being withheld from me (but could still not discern the truth). The language got in the way of the story, and drew negative attention to the fact that it was a telling.

The language was beautiful. Some of the sentiments, especially those which lent complexity and humanity to Kitty, were exemplary. My favorite moment was "She was not a poet. She was a poem." It rang true and deep for me, and softened the cliches of her character (as did the ending). Moments existed for all the characters where what one first thought (or what another character thought and I had thus been led to think) was sublimated, every time in ways that felt true and human. All of the characters were beautiful in their complexity, which only made it more frustrating when parts of them were intentionally withheld in an attempt to create emotions and reactions in me. Because I felt the withholding I reacted with frustration and disgust, and directed my emotions at the writer instead of the characters. I believe that there is more that could have been shown for each character; they were made that real to me.

The writing is both beautiful and obvious in it's withholding, and the characters are so real such concealment was extra frustrating. I rate this book 5/10.
Landamath
I'm really not sure how this book ever reached the Booker shortlist. I couldn't help thinking as I was reading it however that it would have made a fantastic play and was therefore not surprised to find that the author is actually a playwright. The story was good but the writing was somewhat disjointed and not particularly clever either. There were apparently lots of hidden meanings but they remained that way for me or were so obvious that any subtlety was removed. I couldn't recommend really but would have loved to have seen this on the stage.
Akir
This is a striking book about what each of must do to "survive the rain". Kitty, a clealy disturbed woman, shows up nude in the pool of a summer villa. A renowned I poet and his was correspondent wife invite her to stay. Their daughter Nina is fascinated. The other couple is annoyed. The caretaker is in love. The next door woman is a psychiatrist. We are always fairly clear that all of these characters are flawed and in pai. About half way through, I was convinced I saw the ending and was deeply annoyed. But the book continued. The ending when it comes is seeded within the book, but I didn't make the connection. It isn't a trick ending, just a revelation of all we miss.
The characters were never superficial, but it took me a while to realize it. This is a writer skilled with illusion that elicits our own cooperation in the writing,
BOND
I am not sure why this book was included on so many lists of notable books for last year. The characters were difficult to identify with and sympathize with so it was hard to care about what would happen to them. They all seemed to be misfits who didn't even seem to like each other though some were sharing a holiday rental. There was not much suspense as the actions of the characters appeared aimless for the most part, unless you count the philandering husband whose plans for seduction were so transparent that his teenage daughter recognized it--so not much suspense there. Obviously, the author is good with descriptions so that you can visualize the people and the scenes, but descriptions alone don't make for a great novel in my opinion. As for the "big event," which I won't describe in case anyone reading this still wants to read the book and have something to discover in it, it is hinted at so broadly that there is little surprise. I am glad that I bought this on sale for my tablet instead of paying full price for an actual book.
Alexandra
A sad story about two dis functional families and a strange girl who comes to visit. It is a look inside a marriage that is falling apart and people who are depressed. Interesting book but not very uplifting. There is s young girl in the story who bears the brunt of all the disjunction.The book stayed with me after reading, but, not in a good way. The writing was good and the characters clearly drawn. Within this group of people there appears to be not just depression but serious mental illness that requires treatment.
Tall
The behavior of depressed people for whom living is too much and too painful is poignantly described in this novel, Swimming Home. It is beautifully written and illness is described too painfully clear by an extremely gifted writer . I loved this book as painful as it was to read it.
Legend 33
I loved the book for its lightness [not in terms of pages, though it is a short novel] and mystical qualities. The girl is a nymphet [about 16-17] and seduces the English professor who is holidaying in a rented villa with his wife and two old friends. The location is near Nice and some of the best scenes are in that town where the romance blossoms. The wife of the professor, a tv journalist, is characteristically hard-bitten [she has witnessed many wars] and seems relatively unshaken by her husband's eventual suicide. But why this short novel won a few top literary prizes and was named by the Financial Times as one of 2012's best novels escapes me. It's a good read for the Paris-Nice TGV. You'll have finished it by the time you arrive on the Riviera.
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