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A Whistling Woman By A. S. Byatt

A Whistling Woman
by A. S. Byatt

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Frederica is the spirited heroine of three earlier Byatt novels. In this, the concluding volume of the quartet, she falls almost by accident into a career in television in London, while tumultuous events in her home county of Yorkshire threaten to change her life, and those of the people she loves.
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A Whistling Woman Summary


A Whistling Woman by A. S. Byatt

While Frederica - the spirited heroine of The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life and Babel Tower - falls almost by accident into a career in television in London, tumultuous events in her home county of Yorkshire threaten to change her life, and those of the people she loves. In the late 1960s the world begins to split. Near the university, where the scientists Luk and Jacqueline are studying snails and neurones and the working of the brain, an 'anti-university' springs up. On the high moors nearby a gentle therapeutic community is taken over by a turbulent, charismatic leader. Visions of blood and flames, of mirrors and doubles, share the refracting energy of Frederica's mosaic-like television shows. The languages of religion, myth and fairy-tale overlap with the terms of science and the new computer age. Darkness and light are in perpetual tension and the meaning of love itself seems to vanish; people flounder - often comically - to find their true sexual, intellectual and emotional identity.- The focus of these novels first widened from the old nuclear family to the experimental group and now narrows again to reveal the different, modern patterns of intimacy which emerged in these years. Through her wayward, lovingly-drawn characters and breath-taking twists of plot, she illuminates the effervescence of the 1960s- both its excitements and its dangers - as no one has done before. Magical, thought-provoking, and with spine-chilling moments, A Whistling Woman is the ultimate novel of ideas made flesh - gloriously sensual, sexy and scary, bursting with ideas, contradictions, scientific discoveries, ethical conflicts, sly humour and wonderful humanity.

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A Whistling Woman Reviews


"Byatt is a wonderful writer, constantly engaging wherever she takes us" The Times "Exquisitely written... beautiflly weighted prose makes her a romancer we should be loath to do without" Guardian

About A. S. Byatt


A.S. Byatt is a novelist, short-story writer and critic of international renown. Her novels include Possession (winner of the Booker Prize in 1990), and the Frederica Quartet; The Children's Book was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. She was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999 and is the recipient of the Erasmus Prize 2016 for her 'inspiring contribution to life writing'.

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GOR004391958
A Whistling Woman by A. S. Byatt
A. S. Byatt
The Frederica Potter Novels
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
2002-09-05
432
0701173807
9780701173807
N/A
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