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Spiderweb por Penelope Lively
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Spiderweb (original 1998; edição 1999)

por Penelope Lively

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All her life Stella Brentwood has considered herself a bird of passage. She has known love, but she remains alone by choice and chance. Now retired, she has decided to root herself in the Somerset landscape. The hamlet that is now her home proves itself deceptive - an apparently tranquil backwater where tensions within a dysfunctional family build to a destructive climax.… (mais)
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Título:Spiderweb
Autores:Penelope Lively
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Etiquetas:retired anthropologist, menacing neighbors, adventursome life, retirement to country

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Spiderweb por Penelope Lively (1998)

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    A Few Green Leaves por Barbara Pym (KayCliff)
    KayCliff: "Spiderweb" is basically about a retired woman anthropologist, unmarried, who comes to live in a Somerset village. There are many flashbacks, in particular to her career in anthropology, and the contrast between living in the communities that were her fieldwork and the Somerset community: themes also of "A Few Green Leaves".… (mais)
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Stella is recently retired from her career as an anthropologist, in which she studied societies both in the UK and in more “exotic” climes. When she moves to a cottage in a rural village, she can’t help analyzing the people and their social norms. She learns a great deal through casual conversation with the shop owner and the postman, and has ample opportunity to observe the troubled family that lives just down the lane. Richard, the widowed husband of her university friend Nadine, lives nearby. He seeks her company and offers unsolicited advice about assimilating into the community, but Stella is fiercely independent and keeps him at arm’s length. Not surprisingly, she remains somewhat apart from village life.

Stella’s memories -- of the time at university with Nadine, her career, and romantic relationships -- often occupy her thoughts, and serve to fully develop Stella’s character. The narrative also shifts periodically to the family down the lane, and a situation that is clearly escalating behind closed doors. The problem is, the reader can see what’s coming, which lessens the dramatic effect of the event when it occurs. Penelope Lively is best at character development and creating complex linkages between characters and events. There’s just not enough of that in this novel. It’s a good solid read, but not exceptional. ( )
  lauralkeet | Nov 16, 2019 |
Discerning view of life in a small Somerset village. Retired academic chooses to ruralize and ends up somewhat cut adrift, having to fit into some dysfunctional village lives. Very strange choice for a retirée who had travelled extensively and enjoyed (apparently) a respected career. Perhaps there was a context that I didn't quite grasp. Was Penelope Lively illustrating what it is like to age and have to change societies as you grow older? ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jun 19, 2017 |
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  HelenBaker | Dec 27, 2016 |
Basically about a retired woman anthropologist, unmarried, who comes to
live in a Somerset village. There are many flashbacks, in particular to her
career in anthropology, and the contrast between living in the communities that were her fieldwork and the Somerset community. There are also flashbacks to the heroine and her best friend as a pair
of woman undergraduates at Oxford, man-hunting - one of whom deliberately chooses her essay subject in order to be able to use the library where the student she fancies will go.
All themes also treated by Barbara Pym. ( )
  KayCliff | Jul 22, 2014 |
Stella, a very independent woman, has retired after years working as a social antropologist where she studied local societies in foreign lands. At the end of her career, spent in academia, she decides, on a whim, to retire in a quiet English village, where a widowed husband of her college friend has also retired.

This book moves back and forth in time and from character to character, often from paragraph to paragraph (making it a bit hard to follow at times), but there is such a richness to Stella, to her former life, and the new members of the village life she is trying to join that that was a minor annoyance. If you are a lover of character-driven fiction, this book is for you. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Oct 10, 2013 |
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All her life Stella Brentwood has considered herself a bird of passage. She has known love, but she remains alone by choice and chance. Now retired, she has decided to root herself in the Somerset landscape. The hamlet that is now her home proves itself deceptive - an apparently tranquil backwater where tensions within a dysfunctional family build to a destructive climax.

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