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Keeping the World Away Margaret Forster

Keeping the World Away By Margaret Forster

Keeping the World Away by Margaret Forster


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Summary

Follows the fictional adventures, over a hundred years, of an early 20th century painting and the women whose lives it touches. This is a novel about women's lives, about what it means, and what it costs to be both a woman and an artist, as well as an unusual look at a beautiful painting and its imagined afterlife.

Keeping the World Away Summary

Keeping the World Away by Margaret Forster

With the wonderfully satisfying appeal of Forster's bestselling "Diary of an Ordinary Woman" and the historical delights of "Lady's Maid", this engrossing, beautifully crafted novel follows the fictional adventures, over a hundred years, of an early 20th century painting and the women whose lives it touches. It opens with bold, passionate Gwen, born in the nineteenth century, coming of age in the twentieth, struggling to be an artist, going to Paris where she becomes Rodin's lover and paints a small, intimate picture of a quiet corner of her attic room...Then, there's Charlotte, a dreamy intellectual Edwardian girl, with artistic leanings, but less talent; and Stella, Lucasta, Ailsa, and Gillian, who share an unspoken desire to 'keep the world away', to have for themselves a tranquil golden place like that in the painting. Lost, found, stolen, strayed, sold, almost destroyed, fought over, and finally bequeathed, the picture makes its way from Paris to Hampstead, popping up on a London market stall after the Great War, finding its way to the Cornish coast, then back to London after the Second World War, eventually taking a brief trip to Scotland and returning at last to Paris at the turn of the twenty-first century...Quintessential Forster, this is a novel about women's lives, about what it means, and what it costs to be both a woman and an artist, and an unusual, compelling look at a beautiful painting (one of a series by Gwen John, not all of which survived...) and its imagined afterlife.

Keeping the World Away Reviews

"* 'Few authors share Margaret Forster's extraordinary ability to transform the ordinary day-to-day activities of unremarkable people into compelling fiction.' Daily Mail * 'Forster excels at depicting ordinary lives. In this beautifully controlled novel [Is There Anything You Want?], those who cannot articulate their emotional problems are eaten away by them.' Independent on Sunday * 'This [Is There Anything You Want?] is a very fine, continuously interesting, and often moving work, all the better because it is so firmly rooted in the ordinary world of everyday experience... far better than most novels that carry off prizes.' Scotsman * 'A latterday anatomy of melancholy written with insight, wit and tremendous style.' Spectator"

About Margaret Forster

Born in Carlisle, Margaret Forster is the author of many acclaimed novels including Is There Anything You Want?, bestselling memoirs and biographies. She is married to writer and journalist Hunter Davies and lives in London and the Lake District.

Additional information

GOR001316128
9780701179823
0701179821
Keeping the World Away by Margaret Forster
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
2006-03-02
352
N/A
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