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In the Falling Snow

Das einfühlsame Psychogramm eines Menschen in der Krise Keith Gordons Leben ist eigentlich schon uneruicklich genug Drei Jahre ist es her dass der Mittvierziger von seiner Frau wegen eines unbedeutenden Seitensprungs nach zwei Jahrzehnten Ehe vor die Tür gesetzt wurde und obwohl von vielen Frauen angezogen kon. About family problems cheating adolescent sons defiantly changing about incommunicability even incompatibility racism related mournfulness difficulties in finding one s place in the constantly changing world about all this and other Caryl Phillips writes in this novel with special reference to Caribbean backgrouns and their impact on the lives and mentalities of his characters

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St das mitreißende Psychogramm eines Mannes in der Krise die nur oberflächlich eine Midlife Crisis mit all ihren tragikomischen Auswüchsen ist Caryl Phillips hat einen bezwingenden weil psychologisch überaus glaubwürdigen Roman vorgelegt verfasst in einer präzisen Sprache die in ihrer Konseuenz staunen mac. Readable novel describing what it s like to be a man an ex husband an adult son a father of an adolescent and a West Indian in London Clunky prose and clunky shifts back and forth from a present story told in present tense to flashbacks and lots of passages where a character is speaking in the kind of smooth detailed narration that has never come out of a person s mouth But while these infelicities did get in a way for me a bit I was engaged all the way through in the main character s struggles often ineffectual and counter productive as they were to stay upright while big parts of his life fall away Keith is a man who makes a lot of mistakes and miscalculations they cost him his marriage and his job but as a tour of his inner life and how it connects up to his immigrant parents past and his bi racial son s future the novel succeeds

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Nte ihn bisher keine andere wirklich fesseln Auch Yvette nicht seine rund zwanzig Jahre jüngere Mitarbeiterin mit der er seit einiger Zeit eine heimliche Affäre hat Nonchalant macht er eines Abends mit ihr Schluss Doch als er am nächsten Morgen ins Büro kommt trifft ihn ihre Rache „Jener Tag im Winter” i. I liked it I immediately trusted Phillips s sentences diving into them completely the way I did as a kid when I read at night under the covers with a flashlight The novel is about how a somewhat recently divorced middle aged man navigates his relationship with his son and father And about what it means to be Black in London as a teenager a professional and an old manWhat seems to be most uniue stylistically is Phillips s sense of time The piece flows back and forth between the present the recent past and the past without any sort of formal demarcation As a result Phillips effectively represents the mind of his protagonist and conseuently heightens the level of intimacy This is the first book I ve read from Phillips but I ll certainly be reading


About the Author: Caryl Phillips

Caryl Phillips was born in StKitts and came to Britain at the age of four months He grew up in Leeds and studied English Literature at Oxford UniversityHe began writing for the theatre and his plays include Strange Fruit 1980 Where There is Darkness 1982 and The Shelter 1983 He won the BBC Giles Cooper Award for Best Radio Play of the year with The Wasted Years 1984 He has written



10 thoughts on “In the Falling Snow

  1. says:

    About family problems cheating adolescent sons defiantly changing about incommunicability even incompatibility racism related mournfulness difficulties in finding one's place in the constantly changing world about all this and other Caryl Phillips writes in this novel with special reference to Caribbean backgrouns and their impac

  2. says:

    Definitely a challenging readbut a great book A book about three generations of black men who live in the UK One of the black men Keith Gordan a middle aged man going through a midlife crisis Yes he may be a little annoying irratating at times but that is to be expected from an individual who doesn't really understand himself and therefore

  3. says:

    A uiet yet powerful portrait of a man's undoing during his middle years and his lost of identity as husband and father I think Caryl Phillips a native of St Kitts and a resident of London is one of the finest writers of this century

  4. says:

    I liked it I immediately trusted Phillips's sentences diving into them completely the way I did as a kid when I read at night under the covers with a flashlight The novel is about how a somewhat recently divorced middle aged man navigates his relationship with his son and father And about what it means to be Blac

  5. says:

    A uick skim of the reviews shows this book has very mixed reactions and I can fully understand why It chronicles the very different struggles of three generations of black men to cope with British society and the challenges that involvesIt's a compelling believable and worthwhile read I did struggle in some places with the style the jumping between time and location with no transition felt unnecessarily confusing to me and some el

  6. says:

    Really 25 stars rounded up I found his way of skipping between past and present gimmicky “He was on the bus remembering the conversa

  7. says:

    took me a bit of time to get into this as the style if writing is very detailed and long sentences but once i got into it i found the story flows very nicely it talks about a lot of important things like belongi

  8. says:

    Different book for me in that it chronicles experiences that are some what different than mine because I grew up in the States Wasn’t crazy

  9. says:

    Readable novel describing what it's like to be a man an ex husband an adult son a father of an adolescent and a West Indian in Lond

  10. says:

    Haven't read any other books by this author so I can't compare them but I have a feeling this can't be among his best The central character is having a mid life crisis but does that explain all his actions He behaves very strangely f

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