Sophie And The Sibyl

ISBN 13: 9781408860533

Sophie And The Sibyl

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9781408860533: Sophie And The Sibyl
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Sophie and the Sibyl is wonderful; I was transfixed. It's not just the fiendishly clever blending of real-life and fiction, I was completely gripped all the way through. I love Sophie and Max. They are an Eliot hero and heroine but written for now. But most of all of course I love George Eliot, the Sibyl. I'm not sure now that I'll ever be able to read any novel by her in the same way again Kathryn Hughes Patricia Duncker's latest historical novel plays as heady an intellectual game with feminism and creativity as her cult debut Hallucinating Foucault did with sexuality and madness, the witty conceit here being to wrap the whole thing in the story of her namesake's dealings with George Eliot, whom she brings deliciously to life as a sly subversive. Erotic, funny, intensely evocative, Sophie and the Sibyl will prove a richly deserved game-changer for this novelist's novelist Patrick Gale Duncker's (female) narrator sits in a position of omniscient authority in the present day, though recounts these Victorian goings-on in a manner and tone echoing that of Eliot's own novels. Further mischief - I can't say "confusion" for her tricks delight rather than bewilder - arises from the potent blend of fact and fiction that Duncker concocts with a glorious abandon as the details of the final decade of Eliot's life - at least that have made it into historical record - are combined with the author's fictional creations ... The plots thickens, the layers of metafiction deepen, but all the while Duncker manages to unfurl a novel the structure of which is never baggy or wanting. It's a feat of design and engineering as much as an exhibition of literary pyrotechnics -- Lucy Scholes Independent Charming, surprising and truthful ... this irreverent, witty novel hurtles along. Sophie is a jubilant creation and Eliot is gleefully resurrected, bewitching, maddening and refreshingly frank about sexual desire ... Duncker's deep relish for literature comes through, as does her belief in the power of imagination -- Samantha Ellis Literary Review A literary treat, full of sly humour -- Max Davidson Mail on Sunday Told with huge energy and studded with learning asides, the novel bowls along so merrily between salons, Schlosses, casinos and countryside ... It's a book of startling panache, told with deep good humour and an obvious affection for the characters that illuminates the text Daily Telegraph The vogue for biography-as-novel continues and this is one of the cleverest, most enjoyable examples. Duncker injects just enough fantasy to weave a delicious love story around a dusty corner of 19th Century literary history ... You don't need to know about George Eliot to love this novel but those who do will relish the references, quotations and characters taken from Eliot's writing -- Kate Saunders The Times

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Sophie and the Sibyl is wonderful; I was transfixed. It's not just the fiendishly clever blending of real-life and fiction, I was completely gripped all the way through. I love Sophie and Max. They are an Eliot hero and heroine but written for now. But most of all of course I love George Eliot, the Sibyl. I'm not sure now that I'll ever be able to read any novel by her in the same way again Kathryn Hughes Patricia Duncker should be made a DBE Louis de Bernieres

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