Miss Garnet's Angel review ä 109

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Dt sie in ihren Bann und macht sie mit der Liebe dem Licht und einem verschwundenen Engelsgemälde bekannt. Julia Garnet is sixty years old emotionally repressed sexually inexperienced and has spent her life in almost sacrificial frugality She is also the amazed heir to her former even frugal housemate's legacy Harriet seems to have had a secret a genius for investment Who knew Certainly not Julia GarnetBoth Julia and Harriet were dutifully pro labour even deriving a sense of moral superiority or at least moral purity from the connection But beneath the austere surface Julia Garnet was hungry for adventure for travel and most unexpectedly for beauty the latter having been limited to admiring the inherent loveliness of flowers in other people's gardens Julia was starved for joy and she was shrinking into oblivion when her housemate's sudden death changed everything and brought Julia face to face with with her surprising destiny Where would you go if you suddenly had money to travel France Egypt Bora Bora Miss Garnet chose that most decadent and sensuous of Europe's cities La Serenissima Venice The mere mention of Venice evokes many images in the popular imagination elaborate Carnevale Masks; extravagant chandeliers and gold leaf interiors; illicit assignations in gondolas; magnificent meals and expensive wines; Murano glass and hand made shoes Venice has all of this And churches Lots and lots of churches Miss Garnet was CoE of course and like so many of her ilk suspicious of anything Romish Her life was marked by as utter an absence of the voluptuous in terms of spiritual life as it was in terms of daily life Despite the suspicion and antipathy toward Catholic display millions of Calvinists seem to feel almost envious of the astounding outpouring of genius and talent that even fairly modest Old World Catholic and Orthodox churches contain But none amongst them can rival Venice for sheer sensuous indulgence Despite the ravages of damp and salt Venice is home to a vast artistic inheritance one that was about to rock Julia Garnet's worldThe habits of a lifetime are not easy to break and Julia seeks out a fairly basic lodging except for one detail the balcony that presents to her view the glory of Venice's architecture and that indescribable light that so intrigued artists from da Vinci to Canaletto and beyond From her tiny perch above the teeming canals Julia Garnet will dive into a life she could not have imagined Friends had been few and somewhat cold blooded in England but from her first day in Venice Julia seemed to attract an amazing number of interesting and talented people and for possibly the first time in her life she fell in love Not once but twice And one of the objects her love was of all things an Angel An Archangel to be precise A beautiful androgynous Archangel whose presence seemed to follow her around the floating city His name was RaphaelHer other love was Carlo a charming worldly man with a vast knowledge of art especially the artistic treasures resident in his home city Julia was certainly not looking for love when she ventured out on her first walk along the canal in search of interesting historical landmarks As a retired teacher of history Julia had imagined an orderly progress through the history of the city but serendipity entered her life and turned its orderliness on its headThe mystical and the mundane live cheek by jowl in Venice in an intimacy unmatched anyplace else Salley Vickers the author of Miss Garnet's Angel captures the layered personality of Venice in parallel stories that unfold contrapuntally gradually advancing toward the grand reconciliation between dream and reality innocence and experience love and lossVenice is a city of Angels but perhaps than any Archangel Raphael is an abiding presence Identified with healing and with the protection of travellers he is a fitting avatar for Miss Garnet's adventure and on her first attempt at navigating the complex paths that lead everywhere and nowhere in Venice she stumbles upon a rather obscure and little known church the Chiesa San Raffaele Led by innocent curiosity she trespasses on an art restoration project or perhaps I should say a transformation project because conventional unimaginative Julia Garnet is about to be changed foreverBeauty does that Especially when it sneaks up on you Sensible people practical people serious people have little use for Beauty It's a distraction It enlarges your senses Colours suddenly become hypnotic Sounds that you would ordinarily screen out advance to the front of your consciousness Beauty intrigues us much as a brilliant magician does Can we trust our senses to give us an accurate picture or are we being subtly deceived What would happen if just for a moment we suspended our disbelief and let ourselves feel wonder What would it be like not having to understand something intellectually but actually entering into it becoming part of the story instead of the critic Level headed Julia Garnet succumbs to the charming story of Tobias from the Old Testament Book of Tobit told in paint by the renaissance artist Giantonio Guardi and finding new life at the hands of Toby and Sara the almost twins and art restorers Julia discovers in the Church of San RaffaeleThe story of Tobit Tobias Azarias Raphael in human form an unpaid debt a dog a giant fish and a beautiful but tragic bride is unlike anything else in the Judaic Old Testament We find no jealous narcissistic Jehovah here Missing are the blood and gore the stories of deceit and revenge the anger and judgment of an implacable god Here we see the other face of the divine the gentle strength the patient wisdom and ultimately the blinding radiance of pure spirit To say would risk spoiling the experience of Miss Garnet's Angel for potential readers of this little gem of a book Salley Vickers' mastery of the art of story is fully realized in this novel and those who read it are changed by it Fair warning Miss Garnet's Angel is an irresistible force of nature a mystery with no solution but many possible answers At the very least you will uestion your assumptions about the possibility of entertaining Angels unaware the limits of material existence and the finality of death Not bad for one book© Delia O' Riordan 2012

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Miss Garnet's AngelSie besteht darauf Fräulein genannt zu werden Und es ist zu vermuten dass sie unter ihren karierten Röck. A friend recently said to me So many things are not worth talking about He was referring to the uiet power of the understated and the British have a tradition of novels about the still small voices and the profound yet ordinary emotions that sometimes get short shrift amid the fireworks of our soap opera culture From Jane Austen EM Fortsre to Kazuo Ishiguro these novels remind us of how interior and how subtle much of our emotional experience actually is In writers like Barbara Pym Penelope Fitzgerald Anita Brookner this experience is tied to people mostly aging women who are often discounted by those who've embraced an operatic aesthetic In Miss Garnet's Angel Sally Vickers takes a character whom Brookner would have made a tragic shell and gives her a transformation less dramatic but just as beautiful as any undergone by obviously romantic protagonists The novel wryly and gently explores the notions of salvation and faith as well as faithless human love A modern reader looking at the flyleaf might assume the novel to be sentimental It is not but it is compassionate restrained and uietly hopeful

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Miss Garnet's Angel review ä 109 ☆ [BOOKS] ✯ Miss Garnet's Angel By Salley Vickers – Eyltransferservices.co.uk Sie besteht darauf Fräulein genannt zu werden Und es ist zu vermuten dass sie unter ihren karierten Röcken Liebestöter trägt Für Venedig ist Miss Garnet wahrscheinlich nicht gerüstet Aber dann z Sie besteht darauf FräuEn Liebestöter trägt Für Venedig ist Miss Garnet wahrscheinlich nicht gerüstet Aber dann zieht die Sta. Miss Garnet's Angel is the gentle story of Julia Garnet a retired teacher and her transformation in old age when she moves to Venice for six months following the death of her life long friend Out of her suburban English comfort zone she allows people paintings and the place itself to touch her soul for the first time There's much to like including Julia Garnet herself and the Venice backdrop is atmospheric and evocative However having read other Vickers' novels and thus armed with high expectations for me this fell short The Story of Tobit woven alongside the main narrative seemed like a novelist trying too hard to be clever pretentious dare I say and neither did I uite 'buy' all the characters the twins for instance didn't uite ring true Plus it's a minor gripe but stylistically the excessive exclammation marks seemed at odds with the uiet measured tone and interrupted the flow So overall if you've not read Salley Vickers before I'd say don't start here 'The Other Side of You' is a much better mature novel Go for that I suggest instead