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by Shirley Hazzard

Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Shirley Hazzard
ISBN: 0872168743
ISBN13: 978-0872168749
Language: English
Publisher: Berkley Pub Group (July 1, 1981)
Pages: 152
Fb2 eBook: 1989 kb
ePub eBook: 1950 kb
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Start by marking The Evening of the Holiday as Want to Read . The plain fact is I'm not sure about this book. I don't understand the characters at all, especially the girl

Start by marking The Evening of the Holiday as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. In telling the story of their love affair, Shirley Hazzard punctures the placid surface of polite Italian society to reveal the intense yearnings and surprising responses in sophisticated people caught up in emotions they do not always understand. I don't understand the characters at all, especially the girl. And yet it was still an engaging - moving - read, this against a backdrop of Italy described as only a person who had a most intimate acquaintance with it could provide.

Shirley Hazzard takes her time between novels. At 72, she had only written six and had taken two decades to complete the follow-up to her acclaimed and bestselling The Transit of Venus. Hazzard is an elegant, intelligent writer, and GREAT FIRE is one of the finest novels in recent memory, but I was a bit disappointed by EVENING OF THE HOLIDAY, a slim novel which tells the summer love affair of a British traveler with an Italian landowner. Hazzard has great insight into human nature in general and culutral identity as well, and her lyrical descriptions of the Italian countryside are lovely.

But even this remark struck him as a bit too opinionated for his taste. He hoped she wasn’t going to be full of theories. Even the term ‘a clever woman’ was disagreeable to him; one said ‘a clever man’ in commendation, but ‘a clever woman’ had a pejorative sound to it. ‘Oh, surely not,’ he said perversely. Women should want to be independent.

In addition to fiction, Hazzard wrote two non-fiction books critical of the United Nations: Defeat of. .The Evening of the Holiday (1966).

In addition to fiction, Hazzard wrote two non-fiction books critical of the United Nations: Defeat of an Ideal (1973) and Countenance of Truth (1990) In Countenance of Truth Hazzard alleged that senior international diplomats had been aware of the Nazi past of Kurt Waldheim yet had allowed him to rise through the Secretariat ranks to the position of Secretary-General, a claim she had first made in an article in The New Republic in 1980  .

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Shirley Hazzard won the National Book Award for her 2003 novel The Great Fire and the National Book Critics Circle .

Shirley Hazzard won the National Book Award for her 2003 novel The Great Fire and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Transit of Venus. She is the author of The Evening of the Holiday and The Bay of Noon, which was nominated for the Lost Booker Prize; Greene on Capri, a memoir of Graham Greene; and People in Glass Houses, based on her time at the United Nations. She lives in New York City and Capri. Brigitta Olubas is associate professor of English in the School of the Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales.

Shirley Hazzard (1931-2016) is the author, most recently, of Greene on Capri, a memoir of Graham Greene, and several works of fiction, including The Evening of the Holiday, The Bay of Noon, and The Transit of Venus, winner of the 1981 National Book Critics Circle Award. She lived in New York City and Capri. The Estate of Shirley Hazzard Steegmuller. Shirley Hazzard Steegmuller.

In telling the story of their love affair, Shirley Hazzard punctures the placid surface of polite Italian society to reveal the intense yearnings and surprising responses in sophisticated . Books related to The Evening of the Holiday.

In telling the story of their love affair, Shirley Hazzard punctures the placid surface of polite Italian society to reveal the intense yearnings and surprising responses in sophisticated people caught up in emotions they do not always understand.

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Comments to eBook The Evening of the Holiday
Zahisan
This is a splendid evocation of Tuscany after the war, and the evolution of a love affair. Hazzard understands the Italian male, his courtliness, and as one character explains, his lack of seriousness better perhaps than almost any straniera or straniero ever has. Her half English, half Italian heroine is if anything very serious. This meeting of cultures, their dance step-by-step, is brilliantly done with an attention to the smallest but most telling of details that reminds us of Henry James at his most observant. Books like this, true novellas in the Jamesian mode, rarely get written these days, let alone published. Hazzard has the artistry and humanity to enter into the mind of three diverse and yet vivid characters, to bring alive their houses, their gardens, their thoughts. It is a small story perfectly executed-- it's many moods linger on, giving off their own light.
Bynelad
An amazing love story by an amazing writer.
Phenade
To read Shirley Hazzard is to venture into times and spaces restricted by social mores. Evocative of Edith Wharton, her characters are ensnared by the prevailing right and wrong of the times in which they live. In this case, it is post World War II Italy. With an economy of words, she paints a magnificent sense of place, imbues it with ordinary people and requires them to make life altering decisions.

Unlike contemporary writers, Hazzard does not pin every detail on the page - readers are required to think. There is always an elegance in Hazzard's work, even in this early, straightforward novel.
Gold as Heart
I'm writing this primarily to counterbalance the single, negative review this novel has been given. Hazzard is a gem. She has that rare quality in an author, a voice of her own. There is no mistaking a Shirley Hazzard paragraph -- and often single sentences identify her unique style. I would take Hazzard any day over most of the unoriginal, unimaginative writing that routinely makes its way onto the best seller list. Hazzard is an artist, and as such deserves great respect.

No, this isn't my favorite novel of hers, but I quite liked it and felt that, as always, she gives us a new perspective, taking ordinary subject matter and looking at it afresh. The novel is quite evocative of both time and place, but mostly of feeling. Hazzard writes about life with all its complications. There are no bromides, no up-by-the-bootstraps, empowerment solutions for Hazzard's characters. They make (or sometimes don't make) choices and then must live with the messy consequences.

I'd say read this novel, if for nothing else, to hear Hazzard's unique voice again. You'll get more out of it than just that, but it's worth it just for that!
Kanek
Amazing! Sadly, Shirley is no longer with us. She communicates so much in this slim volume. I bought the book after reading the Kindle version.
Dagdage
I remember being in the same room once with Shirley Hazzard. Reading her novels
completes the holiday.
Lemana
Australian novelist Shirley Hazzard has published four novels, three of which received prestigious awards, the least being a Booker short listing. The one exception is The Evening of the Holiday (1966), Hazzard’s first extended work of fiction (she had already published a volume of short stories), though it is more of a longish short story than a novel. The story concerns a love affair between Sophie, a half English, half Italian young woman, and the middle aged Italian Tancredi over a summer.

I look at this book as a kind of warmup exercise for the later, better(?) novels (I have yet to read them, so I’m assuming based on the laurels they received). The descriptions of the setting, in Northern Italy, are wonderful, with a kind of Under the Tuscan Sun feel and clearly benefit from Hazzard’s time spent in Italy in the 50s. However, her characters leave something to be desired as neither Sophie nor Tancredi are particularly interesting people and their affair lacks drama as both know it’s not for the long haul. Basically, it’s a summer dalliance.

I’m not sorry I read Evening of the Holiday, if only to prepare for reading her more acclaimed novels, but ultimately, it’s a marginal work.
The Evening of the Holiday is the first novel by Australian author Shirley Hazzard and was written in 1966. It is set in Tuscany and the main characters are Tancredi, a Sicilian architect recently separated from his wife and children, Sophie, half-English, half-Italian, on holiday in Tuscany and Luisa Brandi, Sophie's aunt. Tancredi and Sophie first meet at his sister's place. It is an inauspicious beginning to their love affair: he doesn't think much of her looks; she finds him not at all attractive. Tancredi comes across as vain and sexist; Sophie goes from rejecting his advances to resigned acceptance of the fact they will be involved, tinged with apprehension. They both know that, as there is no divorce in Italy, any future for their love affair is impossible. Hazard uses rich descriptive passages to set the tone and mood; she is able to evoke the feel of the Tuscan summer with consummate ease. There is some wonderful prose: "Charity, talent, love were real, perhaps only to the sufferer and the beneficiary, and abstractions in the eyes of others". Hazard also paints some marvellous pictures: "Seen together, these relatives, with their prominent, attenuated features and light colouring, resembled nothing so much as a group of collie dogs, lifting heir muzzles to greet one another and twitching their fine-boned shoulders or shifting about in their delicate, nervous way." As with her later novels, I found Hazzard's characters hard to like or care about (except, perhaps, Luisa), but she does manage to convey the atmosphere well.
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