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eBook The Reconstructionist ePub

by Josephine Hart

  • ISBN: 0099424339
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Josephine Hart
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (May 29, 2003)
  • Pages: 256
  • ePub book: 1349 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1436 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 376

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The Reconstructionist book.

The Reconstructionist book. A remarkable novel of startling psychological power, The Reconstructionist, Josephine Hart's fifth novel, explores the reckless quality of exclusive love, the damage done in families, and the way we build our lives from the fragments of memory, half-truths, compromise, and desire. A brilliant and incisive fiction, this is Josephine Hart at the top of her form.

Jack Harrington is a psychiatrist, dedicated to others, to the examination of their pasts and the reconstruction of their lives. But he has so absorbed himself in the problems of others that he has not quite come to grips with his own-to the detriment of his marriage and his own unexamined past. When Jack is summoned to Ireland for the sale of his family home, however, the burdens of his family's heritage return in full force.

A remarkable novel of startling psychological power, The Reconstructionist, Josephine Hart's fifth novel, explores the reckless quality of exclusive love, the damage done in families, and the way we build our lives from the fragments of memory, hal. Jack Harrington is a psychiatrist, dedicated to others, to the examination of their pasts and the reconstruction of their lives.

A remarkable novel of startling psychological power, "The Reconstructionist," Josephine Hart's fifth novel, explores the reckless quality of exclusive love, the damage done in families, and the way we build our lives from the fragments of memory, half-truths, compromise, and desire.

Josephine Hart, Lady Saatchi (1 March 1942 – 2 June 2011), was an Irish writer, theatrical producer and television presenter who lived in London

Josephine Hart, Lady Saatchi (1 March 1942 – 2 June 2011), was an Irish writer, theatrical producer and television presenter who lived in London. Lady Saatchi wrote the novel Damage, which was the basis for the 1992 film of the same name, directed by Louis Malle and starring Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche and Rupert Graves. Born at Mullingar, County Westmeath, she attended a convent school at Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, where she was encouraged by the nuns to recite verse at Irish festivals

AS A Harley Street psychiatrist, Jack Harrington is dedicated to helping his patients to reconstruct their shattered lives.

AS A Harley Street psychiatrist, Jack Harrington is dedicated to helping his patients to reconstruct their shattered lives. On the surface, his own private life appears to be a model of control, but behind the professional persona he is as unable to escape his own past as any of his patients. His relationship with his sister, Kate, a psychologically unstable beauty, is both intense and complex, hinging on an unexplored tragedy from their childhood. Her emotional dependence upon him, and what he sees as his responsibilities to her, has already cost Jack his marriage, and has left him unwilling.

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The reconstruction of a childhood trauma from conflicting points of view .

The reconstruction of a childhood trauma from conflicting points of view provides the riveting draw in English novelist Hart's latest dire page-turner (The Stillest Day, 1998, et. The reconstruction of a childhood trauma from conflicting points of view provides the riveting draw in English novelist Hart’s latest dire page-turner (The Stillest Day, 1998, et.

Josephine Hart's 'Damage' is one of 10 books under 200 pages on this great list from Feed Your Need .

Josephine Hart's 'Damage' is one of 10 books under 200 pages on this great list from Feed Your Need to Read: feedyourneedtoread. 10 Acclaimed Books Under 200 Pages Feed Your Need To Read Josephine Hart Official Fan Page. 17 August 2015 ·. "The violent dreamscape of 'Damage' stayed with me long after I closed the book.

Comments

Zepavitta Zepavitta
What is with the strange ritual of thirty-something brother and sister, Jack and Kate Harrington, whereby they chastely dance with each other, nude to no music? Londoners, they are both successful: he as a psychiatrist; she as an enigmatic beauty, model, writer, etc; and both unmarried - actually divorced. But there has been unspeakable trauma in their lives.

The author dangles this past before the reader as she follows Jack in any number of involved consultations with patients and Kate in her latest romance. What happened in their childhoods is always just below the surface. Basically, it has been up to Jack to keep it all tamped down and keep his sister together, but, inevitably, something happens to blow the lid off of this careful suppression.

No doubt, the mysterious, unspeakable past keeps the reader's attention. Action is minimal; it is the complex dialogue and the psychological implications that are most interesting. Jack's imperious ex-mother-in-law Rose is an entertaining character, cutting through pretense. There is a certain sensuality to the book, but somewhat disappointingly, the stunning, elusive Kate recedes as the story progresses. The book's lengthy dialogue and reflection are not without some obscurity, but is not a major distraction.
Flamehammer Flamehammer
OVERALL:
This book is really wonderful in so many ways. The writing is honest, beautiful, and intricate, yet not ostentatious or pretentious. The story is very well thought out and the manner in which it unfolds is perfect. It is just so well-crafted (!) - throughout the story there are certain landmarks which as the story progresses begin to take on new meaning and importance.

CHARACTERS:
The characters are believable and three-dimensional, they are human with strengths and weaknesses, hopes and desires and faults. Jack Harrington is very real and a wonderful narrator; the reader is able to trust him and like him, despite the fact that we are privy to his more negative or darker thoughts. Kate, his sister, seems like an elusive mystery, though her explanation is unraveled at the end. Rose, Jack's ex-mother-in-law, is a wonderfully humorous character whom you just wish was real so that you could actually sit down and have a conversation with her.

TITLE:
At the end of the book, if one reexamines the title it takes on more meanings than originally thought, which I really must commend Ms. Hart on; it is really thoughtful, yet extremely subtle.

BASICALLY:
Definitely recommend it - a wonderful book that is worth buying, not just getting from the library.
nadness nadness
Good transaction. I like the book but not so much as I like Damage, by the same author, Josephine Hart.
Drelalen Drelalen
..predictable, but only because she was one of the first to coin the trope.
Sirara Sirara
I bought 'the Reconstructionist' as a bargain book. But what an excellent read. I can see it as a film. Though it would be quite a challenge to portray the relationship between the siblings. Ms. Hart obviously has a deep insight into a mind damaged by trauma. The need to protect ourselves or those dear to us, with whom we share such a situation.

I felt she was excellent. 'Damage' is more concise reading, the characters are better described, but Ms. Hart still manages to maintain a distance from them. One wonders what will become of the main characters.

What I thought was fascinating is that She writes with the mind of a man..made me wonder whether it was a man who had actually written the text.
Geny Geny
couldn't stay engaged. shame I love the author.
Groll Groll
Such a beautiful writer, so haunting and romantic.
I love her books. She has such a way with words. I wish she wrote more frequently. Big fan. Marsha, Enchanticals