Original Bliss

A.L. Kennedy

ISBN 10: 0224052209 / ISBN 13: 9780224052207
Verlag: Jonathan Cape, 1997
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Titel: Original Bliss

Verlag: Jonathan Cape

Erscheinungsdatum: 1997

Einband: Paperback


Auflage: 1st Edition

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A collection of short stories which concern themselves with the complexities of sex - and the lack of it - whether in Copenhagen or New York City or in the close confines of a television wardrobe department. From the author of NIGHT GEOMETRY AND THE GARSCADDEN TRAINS, LOOKING FOR THE POSSIBLE DANCE and SO I AM GLAD.


Only a writer of rare talent could take an abused housewife and a pornography addict and weave around them a terrifically tender love story. A.L. Kennedy starts her extraordinary novel in Glasgow, Scotland, where Helen Brindle leads a life of quiet despair. Mrs. Brindle has lost her "original bliss," her ability to pray and to have her prayers answered. "She found she had lost the power of reaching out. Now and again she could force up what felt like a shout, but then know it had fallen back against her face. Finally the phrases she attempted dwindled until they were only a background mumbling mashed in with the timeless times she had asked for help." Enter Edward E. Gluck, an expert in cybernetics, whom Helen hears first on the television and then on radio. Dr. Gluck seems so effortlessly self-confident, so sure of himself that on impulse she arranges a trip to Stuttgart where he is participating in a conference, hoping that he can give her the answers she's looking for.

After an uncomfortable first meeting, Helen and Edward soon discover themselves to be kindred spirits. For if she has lost the ability to reach out, he never had it; pornography is his substitute for human connections: "The books, the magazines, I could use them according to my schedule, they seemed perfectly convenient and unshameful. Naturally, at that point I didn't quite realize I'd end up having private carrier's lorries arriving to dump shifty, plain, brown packages, addressed for only me, at every house and research establishment I would ever be associated with." Kennedy works a miracle here, creating in Edward a character with creepy proclivities who is, nonetheless, utterly lovable. And when these two damaged people finally rediscover their bliss in each other, nothing could seem more right or more natural. --Alix Wilber

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