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A Fairly Good Time Free read È 106 Ians this young widow recently remarried to a French journalist named Philippe is fond of uoting Jane Austen and Kingsley Amis and of using her myopia as a defense against social aggression As the fixed points in Shirley’s life begin to recede Philippe having apparently though not definitively left her freewheeling makeshift and self abnegating ways come to seem an aspect of devotion to her fellow man Could this unrelia. Three stars to A Fairly Good Time Will set Green Water Green Sky aside for another timeSuperficially the main character and setting are similar to The Dud Avocado which I enjoyed for its humor and because it was fast moving Both feature twenty something somewhat ditzy expats living in post war Paris and having a series of misadventures But this novel s ditzy expat is dissatisfied and unsettled and mostly misunderstood and unappreciated by those around her so rather than riding along for her I Love Lucy style comedic mishaps the story takes on a lonely and despairing pitch I do not think this novel was ever intended as a light hearted romp So certainly don t expect that But I m not sure that nagging unmet and unrealistic expectation is what did this novel in for me As another reviewer points out the main character is very disorganized in thought actions everything That events in her story unfold in a digressive way is natural and appropriate We were warned of this in the NYRB introduction Unlike the short stories AFGT refuses restraint and Gallant almost gleefully luxuriates in digressive opportunities To the extent that Shirley s story unfolds as disjointedly as if in a dream well Shirley s father wasn t completely wrong to discourage his daughter from telling others about her dreams by charging a fee to listen to them I would recommend Mavis Gallant s short stories to anyone without hesitation but cannot say the same about this novel It did not suck me in and make me compulsively read it That s not to say it s without insights and uite good bits I can imagine another reader for whom this book would resonate and be satisfying and who knows maybe that would be in another time on another reading The A List DietFitness Plan uoting Jane Austen and Kingsley Amis and of Stepping Stones using her myopia as a defense against social aggression As the fixed points in Shirley’s life begin to recede Philippe having apparently though not definitively left her freewheeling makeshift and self abnegating ways come to seem an aspect of devotion to her fellow man Could this The Muse unrelia. Three stars to A Fairly Good Time Will set Green Water Green Sky aside for another timeSuperficially the main character and setting are similar to The Dud Avocado which I enjoyed for its humor and because it was fast moving Both feature twenty something somewhat ditzy expats living in post war Paris and having a series of misadventures But this novel s ditzy expat is dissatisfied and Kapelmeistara Kociņa kalendārs. KKK (1944. g. 2. puse) unsettled and mostly misunderstood and I only like the fingers of the guy I hate Vol.2 (TL Manga) unappreciated by those around her so rather than riding along for her I Love Lucy style comedic mishaps the story takes on a lonely and despairing pitch I do not think this novel was ever intended as a light hearted romp So certainly don t expect that But I m not sure that nagging التطور والتجديد فى الشعر المصري الحديث unrealistic expectation is what did this novel in for me As another reviewer points out the main character is very disorganized in thought actions everything That events in her story Book Four unfolds as disjointedly as if in a dream well Shirley s father wasn t completely wrong to discourage his daughter from telling others about her dreams by charging a fee to listen to them I would recommend Mavis Gallant s short stories to anyone without hesitation but cannot say the same about this novel It did not suck me in and make me compulsively read it That s not to say it s without insights and The Cost of Survival The System Apocalypse #3 uite good bits I can imagine another reader for whom this book would resonate and be satisfying and who knows maybe that would be in another time on another reading

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A Fairly Good Time Free read È 106 An NYRB Classics OriginalMavis Gallant’s novels are as memorable as her renowned short stories Full of wit and psychological poignancy A Fairly Good Time here with  Green Water Green Sky encapsulates Gallant’s unparalleled skill as a storyteller Shirley Perrigny née Norrington then briefly Higgins the heroine of A Fairly Good Time is an original Derided by the Parisians she lives among and chided by her fellow Canad. This is what you need to know about Shirley Higgins she s 27 in 1963 a great lump of a Campfire girl how she saw herself in her father in law s eyes an ex pat Canadian living in Paris prone to helping out both friends and random strangers Shirley s also widowed and remarried to Philippe a very proper and successful French journalist Here s what else you need to know about Shirley when it s French I m never sure I understand every word but do I understand what French means I might know every word in a sentence and still not add up the meaning That s Shirley in a nutshell she understands words but not necessarily motives and intentions As Mavis Gallant s A Fairly Good Time begins we read Shirley s mother s riotously funny cruel and affectionate letter to her daughter which starts with Dearest Girl ends with Your affectionate Mother and includes such gems as Of course you had never seen Endymion non scriptus in Canada I am assuming this is what your nine page letter was about I could not decipher what seemed to me to be an early Teutonic alphabet Neither of your marriages ever improved your writing You may retort that legibility is not the purpose of marriage I am not sure it has any purpose at all Your father and I often discussed this We felt that marriage would have been tolerable had we been alike for example had both of us been men and I was able to make out the odd phrase here and there Of course I don t understand you Have I ever invited anyone to understand me You can t understand anyone without interfering with that person s privacy I hope you are not forever after poor Philippe and torturing and prying to get at his inmost thoughts Margaret Norrington s letter to her daughter comprises the first chapter of A Fairly Good Time in its entirety and it ranks as perhaps the most brilliant and bizarre fictional parental letters and among the best first chapters that I ve ever read A Fairly Good Time is populated by some wonderful characters In addition to Shirley herself my favorite is her landlady Madame Roux At the beginning Madame Roux had not trusted Philippe It had seemed evident to her that any Frenchman who chose to marry a foreign widow of modest income of no great beauty settled outside her own country for no apparent reason must himself be a swindler or a fraud When Shirley had said months before He wants to marry me Madame Roux had answered Are you sure he is French Then she said Does he think you own your apartment That seemed important Did he know it was a mere rental And here Shirley reflects on Madame Roux Madame Roux was rat serpent lizard spider bitch vixen roach and louse all the same Shirley missed her A Fairly Good Time is a slow meander through Shirley s life We learn how Shirley loses a husband gains another husband and then loses him too how she gains a lover and loses a lover and almost gains another how she loses her apartment and how she gains and tries to care for friends Shirley s disorganized in her thinking in her apartment and in her life Gallant brilliantly explains and explores Shirley s disorganization sometimes in her first person voice sometimes in a letter to her former husband sometimes through a third person narrator Shirley s disorganization makes A Fairly Good time difficult reading sometimes Gallant perfectly pairs its meandering plot and its meandering apparent digressions with Shirley s own disorganization In a letter to her husband Shirley explains One other thing I am not incompetent I seem so but I m not A first impression is always wrong so is the second third and twentieth I really wish you would come back Gallant is always a subtle writer and it s easy to miss essential plot twists Shirley s hook up with her neighbor is revealed only by Lovemaking was exorcism in its simplest form

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A Fairly Good Time Free read È 106 Ble protagonist be the unwitting heroine of her own story Green Water Green Sky Gallant’s first novel is a darker tale of the fractured family life of Bonnie McCarthy an American divorcée and her daughter Flor Uprooted and unmoored mother and daughter live like itinerants in Venice Cannes and Paris glamorous and dependent With little hope of escape Flor attempts to flee this untidy life and the false notes of her moth. Since there are two novels in this one book I ve averaged the rating 3 stars for A Fairly Good Time and 5 stars for Green Water Green Sky The main title is amusing and full of the wit and sharp phrasing I ve come to expect from Gallant but the story as a whole felt needlessly stretched and indulgent in ways that her short stories never are That is directly contradicted in Green Water Green Sky which is pitch perfect in its sublime depiction of the dissolution of sanity and its inevitable companions loss resentment and misunderstanding


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    [A Fairly Good Time] EBOOK READ I decided to launch to Gallant's works by reading her novels first and I don't regret it Both stories are so different but they leave you a strange sort of sorrow What struck me the most as is also noted in the introduction are the flashbacks which imprint the weight of a memory on a page While it reminds of C

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