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Candia McWilliam

Autor(a) de What to Look for in Winter

13+ Works 327 Membros 7 Críticas

About the Author

Author Candia McWilliam was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1955. She graduated from Girton College, Cambridge. Her first novel, "A Case of Knives," was the co-winner of the 1988 Betty Trask Award. McWilliam also won the Guardian Fiction Award for her work, "Debatable Land." (Bowker Author Biography)

Obras por Candia McWilliam

What to Look for in Winter (2010) 93 exemplares
Debatable Land (1656) 75 exemplares
A Case Of Knives (1988) 46 exemplares
A Little Stranger (1989) 43 exemplares
Change of Use (1996) 33 exemplares
Wait Till I Tell You (1997) 24 exemplares
Shorts II (1999) 4 exemplares
21 (BARNES) 1 exemplar
On the Shingle 1 exemplar

Associated Works

O apogeu de Miss Jean Brodie (1961) — Introdução, algumas edições5,192 exemplares
The Blue Flower (1995) — Introdução, algumas edições1,967 exemplares
A Wreath of Roses (1949) — Introdução, algumas edições286 exemplares
Robinson (1958) — Introdução, algumas edições244 exemplares
Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary (1937) — Introdução, algumas edições212 exemplares
The Pleasure of Reading (1992) — Contribuidor — 188 exemplares
Granta 43: Best of Young British Novelists 2 (1993) — Contribuidor — 177 exemplares
The Granta Book of the Family (1995) — Contribuidor — 88 exemplares
Revenge: Short Stories by Women Writers (1986) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
Ten: A Bloomsbury Tenth Anniversary Anthology (1996) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Honisoitquimalypense | 1 outra crítica | Nov 1, 2022 |
Ugh, this book took forever to get through. It sounds like it should be fascinating. McWilliam suffers from a rare condition that produces functional blindness-- her eyes can see but her eyelids are unable to open. This condition arrived in middle age, a particularly cruel affliction for a person who lived her life in the world of books. Sudden blindness is a painful blow for a writer and reader.

I expected this to be a memoir about dealing with blindness, but it really is not. This is a memoir that seems to be simultaneously about everything and nothing at all. McWilliam covers the entirety of her life, and jumps around throughout. The memoir is written in stream-of-consciousness format, and the tone is depressing. Certainly McWilliam has experienced difficult and tragedy. Her mother committed suicide, and McWilliam is a recovering alcoholic. Still, the tone is terribly woeful. I've read plenty of memoirs about horrible things, and this one is particularly depressing. Much of the author's time is spent analyzing her relationships with her ex-husbands.

All of this said, McWilliam is quite a writer. She has some beautiful turns of phrase. Her technical writing ability is quite amazing. But this memoir is completely inaccessible. The writer seems to have little awareness of the benefits she reaped from growing up among the intelligentsia. I love the literary world in which McWilliam lives, but I found this memoir to be dull, slow going.
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lahochstetler | 1 outra crítica | Sep 23, 2013 |
A starkly truthful account of this Scottish novelist's life, including her struggles with alcohal, her feelings of insecurity, her relationships with her ex-husbands and children, and the condition called blepharospasm that caused her blindness. With each chapter I experienced a different emotional response ranging from sympathy to frustration, disbelief and admiration.
skent | 1 outra crítica | Jul 9, 2012 |
Rather like Iris Murdoch in the kind of people she writes about, though they are more obviously part of a real world in which we ourselves participate - they are similarly dirty to Murdoch's characters, but less abstractly so - Candia McWilliam is here also every bit as clever as Iris M, and this extremely elevated trash fiction will easily and happily while away a few hours.
readawayjay | 1 outra crítica | Feb 14, 2011 |



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