A Possible Life: A Novel in Five Love Stories
From the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of Birdsong, new fiction about love and war—five transporting stories and five unforgettable lives, linked across centuries.In Second World War Poland, a young prisoner closes his eyes and pictures going to bat on a sunlit English cricket... show more
From the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of Birdsong, new fiction about love and war—five transporting stories and five unforgettable lives, linked across centuries.In Second World War Poland, a young prisoner closes his eyes and pictures going to bat on a sunlit English cricket ground.Across the yard of a Victorian poorhouse, a man is too ashamed to acknowledge the son he gave away.In a 19th-century French village, an old servant understands—suddenly and with awe—the meaning of the Bible story her master is reading to her.On a summer evening in the Catskills in 1971, a skinny girl steps out of a Chevy with a guitar and with a song that will send shivers through her listeners' skulls.A few years from now, in Italy, a gifted scientist discovers links between time and the human brain and between her lover's novel and his life.Throughout the five masterpieces of fiction that make up A Possible Life, exquisitely drawn and unforgettable characters risk their bodies, hearts and minds in pursuit of the manna of human connection. Between soldier and lover, parent and child, servant and master, and artist and muse, important pleasures and pains are born of love, separations and missed opportunities. These interactions—whether successful or not—also affect the long trajectories of characters' lives.Provocative and profound, Sebastian Faulks's dazzling new novel journeys across continents and centuries not only to entertain with superb old-fashioned storytelling but to show that occasions of understanding between humans are the one thing that defines us—and that those moments, however fluid, are the one thing that endures.
Publish date: December 11th 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, World War II
, Short Stories
I am a great fan of Sebastian Faulks work. Although we will all form attachments to particular books, he rarely disappoints and within the body of his work he has set the bar wonderfully high. However, as a 'novel in five parts', I'm not sure 'A Possible Life' works. The writing is superbly crafted ...
Novels like The Years of Rice and Salt and The Incarnations use an idea that I think is relatively new in the world of fiction. In those novels, souls (or whatever you care to call them) are constantly reborn to learn something or perfect themselves. The souls are often accompanied by other souls do...
I read the first part of this five-part novel, but I was somewhat disappointed and ended up quitting altogether. The first part (Geoffrey) started off ok, though it felt a bit flat to me; the story meandered a bit, skipping ahead in small chunks. Then there was a big change in the story -- which was...
The subtitle, "A Novel in Five Parts," is misleading. This is not a novel by any stretch of anyone's imagination. It's a collection of five longish short stories. Every once in awhile there will be a veiled reference in one story to something in another story, but the connection is nothing bigger th...
A possible Life by Sebastian Fauls is a NOVEL IN FIVE PARTS.This is actually a collection of five stories which I wish I had known before I read this Novel.(Not stated on the front cover of novel that I purchased).I had read three of the stories before I realised that this was a collection of short...