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"Christopher Nicholson's elegiac, beautifully restrained novel, a meditation on aging, marriage and loss, fictionalizes a well-known period in Thomas Hardy's life."
—Carmela Ciuraru, The New York Times
"As should be evident, the complexly layered “Winter” is a book for grown-ups, one that finds the acme of human happiness in a young mother looking out at a starry winter’s night, while she holds her baby in her arms.”
—Michael Dirda, Washington Post
"Winter is quietly intelligent and compassionate, but what stands out most is that it is gorgeously, gorgeously written in prose so elegantly crafted that it becomes, paradoxically, almost invisible. it never shouts, never startles, just moves lithely along with an almost miraculous sense of rightness."
—The Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It is brave to set yourself up for comparison with an author as great as Hardy, but this poetic and unashamedly literary book is good enough not to be embarassed by the company it seeks to keep."
—Paul Dunn, The Times (UK)
"Hardy's story becomes a meditation on love, regret, and an elusive yearning for happiness. Elegant, lyrical, and absorbing"—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"[Winter] is written in a prose of such quality that one does not notice the quality-to describe it as craftsmanlike doesn't do it justice. It is a prose beyond accomplishment, yet which refuses to astonish, and which is utterly appropriate."—The Guardian
"A gently elegiac tone permeates the novel, with its ravishing, appropriately Hardyesque sense of the intimate connection between landscape and emotion...a touching celebration of life over art."
“Nicholson succeeds in sounding very much like Hardy, with brilliantly realized landscape and settings.”
"Nicholson’s lyrical prose recalls Hardy’s own fascination with time and place while humanizing a literary figure known for his obsession with love.”
—World Literature Today
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B0113LYC5I
- Publisher : Europa Editions; Reprint edition (January 5, 2016)
- Publication date : January 5, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1516 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 273 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 160945295X
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,661,191 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I give it five stars because it is a little masterpiece but wish it had been 15% shorter. Still, it is beautiful...and very quiet which makes you really feel you are in this great, aging mind.
Told in first person (each of the women) and close third (Hardy himself) in alternating chapters, the book is measured (which could mean slow for some) and slight (little happens, but everything is fraught with emotion--like Henry James). If you like that sort of book, this is one of the best of that kind out there. If you don't, stay away.
It's a must, however, for Hardy lovers. It pulses with the feel of real life in all of its pettiness and chilliness. Wear a sweater. It's really cold at Max Gate (the Hardy home). But read this book.
The book is beautifully written in Hardyesque prose. I made the mistake of reading it with a view to presenting a synopsis at a book club meeting instead of allowing myself to be immersed in the language and mood. I will read it again strictly for the pleasure of it.
The book evokes Hardy's yearning for a much younger woman credibly while being sympathetic to his wife's frustrations with him. The quality of the writing throughout is extraordinary.
Top reviews from other countries
Told from the perspective of all three of those involved, we gradually learn about them. Hardy dislikes change and, although he goes to his study every day to write, he is aware that his best is behind him. Still, he enjoys writing poetry, he muses on life, death, and on Gertie, who is playing Tess in a local play. Hardy wishes her to take the part of Tess to London and Gertie is thrilled at the idea. Her husband is supportive and she comes across as a sweet, innocent, young woman.
Florence is less than happy with Hardy’s championing of Gertie. I know little about Hardy, but the portrait painted of Florence is very unsympathetic. She comes across as whiny, a hypochondriac, jealous and demanding. However, the author does try to present some reasons behind Florence’s behaviour. She feels she has lost her identity; a former writer of children’s books, and a teacher, she has become Hardy’s secretary, and biographer, but feels he does not care for her. His first wife, Emma, is a presence in the house, and her marriage, and now he is becoming consumed by Gertie.
This is beautifully written, as we veer between Gertie’s straightforward telling of events, through Hardy’s uncomprehending view of Florence’s opinions and Florence herself – hysterical, demanding, distressed. It is the parts narrated by Florence which are the hardest to read. Her longing for the child she will never have, her resentment and jealousy of Gertie, her anger at Hardy’s unwillingness for change – he resists a telephone, electric light, a car and, to her great distress, cutting back the trees, which, quite literally, darken her days. An evocative portrait of human jealousy, desire and obsession.
I like the way the author varies the perspective of each of the chapters giving Florence, Gertie and TH their own chance to speak. I also enjoyed the Hardyesque prose in some of the chapters.
I would recommend this book for Hardy devotees. I particularly enjoyed it because I live in Dorset. I am inspired to go and visit Max Gate now to be able to put a visual perspective to the book.