The Life to Come

The Life to Come

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Set in Sydney, Paris and Sri Lanka, The Life to Come is a mesmerising novel about the stories we tell and don't tell ourselves as individuals, as societies and as nations. It feels at once firmly classic and exhilaratingly contemporary. Pippa is a writer who longs for success. Celeste tries to convince herself that her feelings for her married lover are reciprocated. Ash makes strategic use of his childhood in Sri Lanka but blots out the memory of a tragedy from that time. Driven by riveting stories and unforgettable characters, here is a dazzling meditation on intimacy, loneliness and our flawed perception of other people. Profoundly moving as well as wickedly funny, The Life to Come reveals how the shadows cast by both the past and the future can transform, distort and undo the present. This extraordinary novel by Miles Franklin-winning author Michelle de Kretser will strike to your soul.
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W., Allen & Unwin,, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781760296568
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 24 cm.

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Folly
Oct 08, 2018

I read this Miles Franklin winning novel and made it through to the end although I'm not sure why. De Kretser uses language well and some of the writing was enjoyable. But, as the title suggest, the characters, none of them all that likeable, are waiting for the life to come … and so was I.

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wendybradley
Feb 26, 2018

Praise for this book is showered on the author. Nine people have the title on hold with this library. I really can't fathom why. I found it disjointed, the charaters unattractive one and all. In no way did I feel any afinity with the people, places or the situations they found themselves in. In short I only finished it because I wanted to give it a chance to redeem itself. It didn't.

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