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A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor

A View of the Harbour

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A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor
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Jun 02, 2015 | ISBN 9781590178485

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“Like her stories, [Elizabeth Taylor’s] novels are stitched together out of a series of fragmented scenes. They are remarkable…for their implacable evenness of sympathy and lack of a unifying consciousness…A View of the Harbour may be Taylor’s most nuanced study of the push and pull between domestic and artistic labor.” —Namara Smith, The New Yorker

“Gently raining. Camellias are blooming, it’s cold. . . . A new Elizabeth Taylor to read!” —Eudora Welty To William Maxwell

“A View of the Harbour is Taylor’s lightest novel, and by that I mean that it’s done with an exquisite lightness of touch. It has a large cast, a musical rondo-like structure, and it’s her happiest novel, too, but happy in the way of, say, Così fan tutte or Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander, where the infelicities of life are shown through the prism of an exquisitely aesthetic sensibility. There is no dodging of dark themes and no escape, but only a filtering.” —Neel Mukherjee, Boston Review

“There is certainly little melodrama in Taylor’s novels; there are no heroes, and no improbable villains, only flawed, likeable characters negotiating the ordinary small crises of marriage, family and friendship.” —Sarah Waters

“Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen—soul sisters all.” —Anne Tyler
“Her best novels—At Mrs. Lippincote’s (1945), A View of the Harbour (1947), A Game of Hide and Seek (1951)—are, in spite of their prim titles, funny, savage and full of loneliness and suppressed emotion. For her characters, as for their author, propriety is a survival mechanism, a way of keeping the show on the road.” —Rachel Cooke, The Guardian

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