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eBook Afterwards ePub

by Rachel Seiffert

  • ISBN: 0434015512
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Rachel Seiffert
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; Export ed edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Pages: 336
  • ePub book: 1258 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1152 kb
  • Other: mobi txt lrf txt
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 541

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Rachel Seiffert’s first book, The Dark Room, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, announced the arrival of a major writer; Afterwards fulfills that promise with a stunning novel about war and its brutal after-effect.

Rachel Seiffert’s first book, The Dark Room, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, announced the arrival of a major writer; Afterwards fulfills that promise with a stunning novel about war and its brutal after-effect. Alice is the protagonist of Afterwards, but this book is about the guilt harboured by people around her. There are two men in her life: her maternal grandfather, Dav Rachel Seiffert’s first book, The Dark Room, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, announced the arrival of a major writer; Afterwards fulfills that promise with a stunning novel about war and its brutal after-effect.

Didn’t know the companies, but he saw what they were doing. They’ll chance a bit extra because they know he won’t be able to do it himself. to have enough money and his kids will be too busy to help. It was a Wednesday morning and they were having breakfast at the café round the corner from his flat. Alice had a training day at work, so she didn’t have to be in until later, and Joseph had the rest of the week off. He was angry for her grandad, and he wrote down a couple of numbers on a paper napkin for Alice.

Rachel Seiffert's Afterwards looks at this struggle as she returns to themes explored in her Booker-nominated novel The Dark Room: guilt, culpability, responsibility and our knowledge of one another. Alice and Joseph meet in the pub and fall into a relationship that is easy but slightly distant. When he left, Joseph would just say he'd see her soon, and Alice liked that too: the way he wasn't asking or presuming, and how they managed neither to force nor avoid the question.

Rachel Seiffert writes in a seemingly effortless and simple style to convey deep and timeless truths. With "Afterwards" she has engineered two gripping tales of ex-combatants in wars, a generation and more apart, whose moral purpose came to be questioned subsequently. In each case their individual memories and sense of guilt, misplaced or not, complicate relationships with people close to them. The cleverly titled "Afterwards" discloses elements of their experiences slowly and differently to the reader and to other characters.

Rachel Seiffert’s first novel, The Dark Room, was short-listed for the Booker Prize, won the Los .

Rachel Seiffert’s first novel, The Dark Room, was short-listed for the Booker Prize, won the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Prize, and was the basis for the acclaimed motion picture Lore. She was one of Granta’s Best of Young Britis. ore about Rachel Seiffert. About Rachel Seiffert. If relevance is what you look for in fiction, you need look no further.

Her first book, a collection of three interrelated novellas, The Dark Room . Seiffert writes with economy, accomplishing in a line what many can’t in a page and producing a work that’s elegant in its seemingly organic shape.

Her first book, a collection of three interrelated novellas, The Dark Room, addressed the alienation and guilt suffered by descendants of Nazi sympathizers. Her new novel, Afterwards, is an equally oblique exploration of how thoroughly society is disabled by war, in this case the corrosive hostilities in Northern Ireland. Good for you, her friend Clare says. Even better, she doesn’t betray the effort, the art, required to render that shape.

The daughter of an Australian father and a German mother, Rachel Seiffert was born in Oxford and lives in London.

Все продавцы . Afterwards. The daughter of an Australian father and a German mother, Rachel Seiffert was born in Oxford and lives in London. She is the author the Booker-shortlisted novel The Dark Room and an acclaimed collection of short stories, Field Study. She was named one of Granta's 'Best of Young British' and one of 25 women writers to watch in the 'Orange Futures' promotion.

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When Alice and Joseph meet, they fall quickly into a tentative but sincere relationship

Rachel Seiffert’s first book, The Dark Room, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, announced the arrival of a major writer; Afterwards fulfills that promise with a stunning novel about war and its brutal after-effect.

Serving in the British Army in Northern Ireland, Joseph shot and killed a man. A subsequent inquiry has cleared him of any inappropriate behaviour, yet, now returned to civilian life, he remains haunted by the experience. Working as a painter and decorator in London he meets Alice, and through her, her grandfather David, himself a veteran of the armed forces. In the 50s, David served in the RAF in Kenya, where unbeknown to his grand-daughter, he bombed Mau-Mau jungle hide-outs. In all probability and equally in the course of duty he too has blood on his hands. As soldier and pilot, both Joseph and he are innocent; as men, both perhaps are guilty. In this powerful exploration of guilt, war and the power of mankind's greatest yet all too frequently broken taboo, 'Thou shalt not kill', Rachel Seiffert delivers on the remarkable promise of The Dark Room and Field Study.

Comments

Shou Shou
I liked her other book but this one was a let-down. I never cared about Alice or Joseph. I never finished the book.
Blackbeard Blackbeard
Rachel Seiffert writes in a seemingly effortless and simple style to convey deep and timeless truths. With "Afterwards" she has engineered two gripping tales of ex-combatants in wars, a generation and more apart, whose moral purpose came to be questioned subsequently. In each case their individual memories and sense of guilt, misplaced or not, complicate relationships with people close to them. The cleverly titled "Afterwards" discloses elements of their experiences slowly and differently to the reader and to other characters. Sometimes we know more than they do which introduces an intriguing dynamic between reader and the characters we read about. Subtly the tension rises and the misunderstandings grow until you want to shout out the truth. All of this makes for a sensitive and compelling read.
Kit Kit
The editorial reviews adequately capture the basic storyline but the greater aspects and enjoyment of this novel lie in the way the author envelopes the "said" with the "unsaid".

The greatest "self brainwash" jobs that most of us face, such as "it could be worse" (in a relationship or job), or everyone else does it (in tax evasion or environmentally unsavory behaviors) pale by comparison to a vet (this novel) or public safety official's comprehension and reconciliation of an act of extreme violence to other human beings.

In this case the author connects two such characters from distinctly separate generations that are equally reflective and emotionally troubled by their past military experiences. She (the author) expertly connects them via a number of equally reflective and also very "caring" characters, including and especially the younger man's girlfriend and older man's grand-daughter, Alice.

You can put this book down, and pick it up again, as I did (14 day library loan notwithstanding), but only until the 2/3 mark. After this point you have developed your own theories as to what exactly the older man knows, or thinks he understands, about the younger, and how the now troubled relationship between the younger man and Alice will play out.

I can only tell you that Alice will be wiping a spot of bicycle chain grease from her leg before you will be able to evaluate the personal theories this novel forces you to formulate.

This novel will leave you considering all that you have chosen not to share, the impact of this "non-sharing", and you may also become more aware and understanding of the cleaning man (who shows up at your office when you are leaving) sporting a "Viet Nam Vet" baseball cap......and limping.

My final, and admittedly somewhat obtuse, observation is that the author made a repetitive point of demonstrating the impact of the natural world (vs urban) in cleansing or at least calming both the emotion tension and internal unrest among the characters. I found this a very interesting connection to recent articles stating that the dreaded juvenile ADS (Attention Deficit Syndrome) should really be re-named NDS for Nature Deficit Syndrome - after several studies where placement of so called sufferers for a regular few hours in a natural environment dramatically improved their symptoms....

John M. Peck
Very Old Chap Very Old Chap
A budding romance is at the center of a story of the trauma of war. An exBritish soldier stationed in Northern Ireland and his girlfriend's grandfather, who fought in Kenya against Mau Mau uprising, are both haunted by acts performed during their military service. Each man's free will was wedded to the priorities of his particular military campaign. Alice, the central female character, is herself grieving the recent death of her grandmother. All of these characters' pain is exquisitely drawn in the details of their day-to-day lives and interactions. The problem of coming to terms with questionable actions committed in the cause of national defense is posed amidst the healing process of love.