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Coventry, durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Une famille de sept sœurs aux vies ordinaires… et extraordinaires. Des vies fondées sur la loyauté et la trahison, l’amour et la frustration, l’angoisse et l’espoir, dominées par la sagesse et les traditions d’une matriarche indomptable, truculente et terrible. Des vies simples et émouvantes auxquelles se mêlent, presque imperceCoventry, durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Une famille de sept sœurs aux vies ordinaires… et extraordinaires. Des vies fondées sur la loyauté et la trahison, l’amour et la frustration, l’angoisse et l’espoir, dominées par la sagesse et les traditions d’une matriarche indomptable, truculente et terrible. Des vies simples et émouvantes auxquelles se mêlent, presque imperceptiblement, l’étrange et le merveilleux.Cassie, la plus jeune des sœurs, a eu un petit garçon d’un père inconnu et n’a pas eu le courage de le céder à des parents adoptifs. Comme elle est fantasque, imprévisible et sujette à des troubles mentaux, en bref « la dernière fille au monde à qui laisser la garde d’un enfant », la matriarche décide que le petit Frank sera élevé par chacune des sœurs, à tour de rôle. Ainsi l’enfant sera-t-il le témoin privilégié de ces vies aux lignes si différentes, dans les drames et les illusions de l’après-guerre.Mais Frank est un enfant particulier, qui semble avoir des dons surnaturels ; comme sa jeune mère, sensible à des signes invisibles ; comme sa grand-mère, parfois visitée par des apparitions lui annonçant l’avenir…Et au cœur de leur histoire, il y a eu la nuit du bombardement de Coventry par la Luftwaffe. La jeune Cassie s’est trouvée en plein cœur de cette nuit d’horreur hallucinatoire et y a laissé son secret le plus précieux…...

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Lignes De Vie Reviews

  • J.K. Grice
    2019-03-20 00:52

    THE FACTS OF LIFE is the story of the Vine family, set in Coventry, England just at the end of, and several years after World War II. Martha Vine is an elderly widow matriarch who presides over the lives and adventures of her seven adult daughters. Cassie, the youngest of the sisters, has an affair with an American GI just before the war ends. She then gives birth to a baby boy out of wedlock, whom she names Frank. Cassie is determined to keep little Frank, and Martha is determined that each one of the other sisters will lend a hand in raising the child. In addition, Martha, Cassie, and Frank all share "psychic" abilities, and even see ghosts and visions from time-to-time. We are wonderfully regaled with the details of Frank's growing up in the hands of the Vine women and their husbands. These escapades take place in and around the city of Coventry. There is less dark fantasy in this superb tale from Graham Joyce than perhaps we are used to from some of his other offerings. This is a book about history, love, war, politics, and family. However, THE FACTS OF LIFE is also quite funny, and the characters are expertly drawn. Joyce does give us a story that is sprinkled with magic and the supernatural, but these elements serve to strengthen the wisdom and wonder of this fine novel. Sadly, Graham Joyce is no longer with us, but I do hope more readers will discover his delightful, intelligent books.

  • Sylvester
    2019-02-22 23:48

    Joyce made a glaring mistake, in my opinion - the title. It provides no clue whatsoever to the kind of book it is, and it's a real shame (speaking as one who has read many an inferior novel simply because the titles had magic - Joyce seems to have used up all his imagination on the novel itself and then got his accountant to name it). I like the quote from Isabel Allende on the cover,"I have not been so charmed by a novel in a long time." My sentiments exactly. I would call this book a kind of "family picaresque" - something I've never encountered before. Through Frank, the young boy who is passed from one sister to another to be raised (his mother, though loving, has bouts with what seems to be mental illness, and has no concept of responsibility), we get to see a wide variety of relationships and experiences - from life in a commune, to the twin-sister spinster spiritualists. Intertwined throughout all the stories is the impact of the London Blitz and a something that I have decided to call magic realism, although it's not quite what you think of when you think of that genre. Some people out there would call it everyday experience, but I can't say I am one of them. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's on the gentler side - not too dark or heavy, but full of interest and magic and humour.

  • Margaret
    2019-03-10 19:55

    Set in war-torn Coventry, England, during and just after WWII, this is the story of the Vine family, through the focus of Frank, the illegitimate son of unstable, fey Cassie, who has periods of depression and sees odd visions, and the grandson of sensible, strong Martha, who can talk to the dead. Because Cassie isn't competent to take care of Frank, he is passed around among his grandmother and several aunts, all quirky in different ways. The Facts of Life is subtly fantastic, full of ghosts and visions, yet down-to-earth, funny, and tender. I especially liked the setting, as Joyce examines the intense bombing Coventry received during the war and how it affected the lives of its inhabitants.

  • Althea Ann
    2019-02-24 01:30

    I would have liked this book more if I had read it before "The Limits of Enchantment."It has most of the same elements: rural British life, a midwife whose traditional methods come into conflict with the National Health Service, an 'intellectual' commune where the reality fails to live up to the ideal, etc, etc.I mean, it has so much of the Same Stuff that it's a little weird. I was trying to figure out if they were supposed to be connected in some way - but I don't think so. This one adds in the Blitz, and a family of women, all coming together to raise a little boy who may or may not have special talents. Where 'Limits' is a very personal story, centered on one character, this is an ensemble novel. I don't prefer ensemble stories - but I have to say, the format does point out Joyce's real talent for characterization. It's like watching a talented sketch artist - one line, two, three... and suddenly the likeness is there, to the life.

  • Margarida
    2019-02-25 00:49

    Quando comecei a ler não sabia o que esperar... Não conhecia o autor, não tinha lido nenhuma critica ou comentário, apenas tinha lido a sinopse: a história de sete irmãs, passado nos tempos imediatamente a seguir à 2ª Guerra Mundial! E uma frase de Isabel Allende na capa do livro: Há muito tempo que um romance não me encantava a este ponto.. Como tinha lido quase toda a obra dela, confiei. E não me enganei! Um dos melhores romances que li nos ultimos tempos. Uma história de família (com uma matriarca fascinante), amor, amizade, união e muita magia! Um romance intenso, apaixonante e muito bem escrito. Cativante, que prende desde o inicio! Gostei muito! Recomendo!

  • Nieves Batista
    2019-03-09 23:52

    He disfrutado muchísimo de este libro. Tiene el punto exacto de realismo mágico y costumbrismo, sin que el primero desvirtúe al segundo. Destacar, sobre todo, los inmensos personajes y las relaciones familiares. Reales, muy reales, sin que sean buenos, buenísimos, ni malos, malísimos. Personajes entrañables, con sus virtudes y defectos, dispuestos para lo que haga falta para sacar adelante a la familia.

  • Cel Kila
    2019-02-27 22:44

    1940, Bienvenue à Coventry, et plus particulièrement chez les Vine. Cette étrange famille composée d'une mère charismatique, Martha, et de ses 7 filles, fait front aux bombardements et à la reconstruction qui s'impose alors. Cassie, la plus fragile des soeurs, met au monde un enfant, Frank. Elle a déjà abandonné un bébé et ne peut se résoudre à en abandonner un deuxième, mais elle n'a en aucun cas les capacités pour élever son petit de manière sereine. Martha prend alors les choses en main : Si Cassie ne peut pas se débrouiller, alors l'enfant sera élevé par toute la famille, et sera envoyé chez une soeur, puis chez l'autre... Et ainsi de suite. Frank a un pouvoir un peu spécial. Une sorte de deuxième oeil, il voit des choses que les autres ne voient pas. *Quand la keupine de mon coeur m'offre un livre (comprenez par là : meilleure amie), je suis d'office certaine que je vais prendre une claque. C'est encore une fois le cas !Quand j'ai commencé cette lecture, je m'attendais à quelque chose de principalement fantastique, et pourtant non. Le "pouvoir" de Frank (qui ne vient pas de nulle part, puisque sa grand mère et sa mère l'ont aussi, à différents niveaux) n'est pas le thème principal du livre. Le thème principal, c'est celui d'une famille soudée, qui reste solidaire malgré les tempêtes. Et des tempêtes, il y en a ! Chacune des soeurs a une histoire bien différente et connaît des tourments qui le sont tout autant. Mine de rien, Graham Joyce aborde une foule de sujets différents. Tout y passe : la solidarité, la politique, l'infidélité, les relations mères-filles ou soeurs-soeurs, l'enracinement, l'amour, l'amitié, la folie.. etc, etc. Ce qui est génial dans ce livre, c'est qu'absolument tous les personnages ont leur petite particularité. On s'attache très vite à l'ensemble des protagonistes, et même à ceux qu'on voit un petit peu moins. Joyce dépeint un tableau haut en couleurs et en caractères. "Lignes de vie" est encore meilleur que ce que j'imaginais. Certains pourraient être gênés par le fait que le côté fantastique de l'histoire soit relégué au second plan (voire au troisième), personnellement je préfère comme ça. Je referme ce livre en regrettant de ne pas connaître cette famille dans la réalité. Et je le ré-ouvrirai dans quelques temps, probablement... Quelque chose me dit qu'ils vont me manquer.

  • Ikebukuro
    2019-03-10 21:31

    En lisant le résumé de ce livre j'ai tout de suite était intriguée par le sujet. Je n'ai pas voulu trop en savoir en allant à la pêche aux infos sur le web, je souhaitais vraiment être surprise par l'histoire d'autant que je n'avais jamais entendu parler de ce roman auparavant. J'ai tout de suite était accrochée par le récit, un mélange de chronique familiale avec de petites touches de fantastique qui prennent forme à travers le don de Franck, ce jeune garçon élevé par toute la famille Vine. Je ne parlerai pas trop de l'histoire pour laisser la magie opérer sur les futurs lecteurs et pour ne pas dévoiler tout ce qui fait le charme du roman. J'ai beaucoup aimé ce livre, particulièrement la façon dont l'auteur a su tisser toutes ces "lignes de vie" entre les personnages et leurs interactions entre magie et réalité. C'est délicat, drôle et plein de tendresse et on ne peut que s'attacher à toutes ces sœurs au fur et à mesure que l'on avance dans l'histoire. Cassie est fragile mais déterminée, les jumelles un peu barrées, les hommes un peu dépassés par toutes ces femmes… mais toutes et tous ont le cœur sur la main. Les personnages sont tous attachants à leur manière, et c'est ce qui fait la force du roman, c'est un livre qui vous donne le sourire, qui vous fait passer du rire aux larmes en un rien de temps. Les défauts des uns deviennent des qualités, les qualités des autres finissent par nous agacer et les personnalités de dévoilent dans cette Angleterre en pleine convalescence. Si la relation entre Franck et Cassie sa mère m'a particulièrement plu, je dois dire que j'ai aimé toute cette famille qui gravite autour de Martha la matriarche. On se laisse tranquillement bercer par la délicatesse qui se dégage de l'ensemble, pas de gros rebondissements à attendre mais une douceur tranquille qui embarque le lecteur au fil des pages. L'aspect fantastique est présent mais n'est pas vraiment le propos du roman, on le retrouve à travers de petits détails grâce à Franck et à son talent particulier, comme de petites coïncidences qui apparaissent de temps en temps pour interpeller le lecteur. C'est un récit plein de bonté et de tendresse qui diffuse son charme au fil des pages.

  • Emma Valieu
    2019-03-06 02:25

    [4.5/5]Coventry, petite ville tranquille d'Angleterre, se reconstruit doucement après les bombardements de la Seconde Guerre. Là-bas y vit une famille nombreuse composée de membres aux personnalités aussi colorées que différentes. Une famille qui gravite principalement autour de son caractère le plus farfelu, Cassie, la tête en l'air, mais pas seulement. Il lui arrive de faire des trucs bizarres. Mais personne ne lui reproche vraiment puisqu'elle tient ça de sa mère Martha, à un degré différent. Et tout porte à croire que son fils Frank suit le même chemin...Il est aussi difficile de classer ce roman que de le chroniquer. Rien qu'au quatrième de couverture, je sentais qu'il avait quelque chose de spécial et je ne m'étais pas trompée. Cassie, bien trop fantasque pour être responsable d'elle-même et encore moins d'un gosse, ne se voit pourtant pas abandonner son bébé. Martha, la matriarche au tempérament bourru décide donc que l'éducation du jeune Frank se fera au sein des différentes soeurs Vine. Frank sera alors ballotté à plus ou moins long terme à la ferme, avec Tom et Una, dans une maison aussi propre qu'ésothérique avec les jumelles Ina et Evelyn, dans une communauté aux moeurs très libérées avec Beatie et Bernard ainsi que dans l'étrange maisonnée d'Aida et de son mari Gordon, un embaumeur... Autant de profils divers pour enrichir et forger la personnalité "Vine" de ce petit bonhomme.Les personnages hauts en couleur sont la force de ce roman. L'histoire, l'environnement et l'ambiance ont eux, tout d'un film de Tim Burton. Martha, Cassie et Frank ont un don (ou une malédiction), ils sont en quelque sorte dotés d'une seconde vue. Martha a appris à vivre avec, Cassie a quelques difficultés à la gérer et Frank l'apprivoise petit à petit, avec l'innocence d'un enfant.La touche de fantastique reste assez légère ; certains lecteurs pourraient donc être déçus de ne pas en voir/savoir davantage. C'est pour cette raison qu'il est compliqué de parler de Lignes De Vie car il est avant tout une histoire d'amour au sein d'une famille soudée. Il n'y a pas vraiment d'action ; en fait, cette lecture, c'est s'installer confortablement dans une barque et se laisser porter. Graham Joyce a écrit un conte moderne attachant et coloré et s'est servi du registre fantastique pour faire passer des messages forts, à la philosophie profonde, mine de rien.J'ai beaucoup ri tellement certaines répliques, descriptions et actions sont subtilement drôles. C'est très bien écrit/traduit, ce qui ajoute également une peu de poésie à l'ouvrage. Si je devais le résumer en un seul mot, je dirais : touchant. Même si j'aurais aimé que le fantastique soit plus imposant, même juste un peu, j'ai adoré Lignes De Vie et ce n'est pas sans déception que j'ai su, en entamant ce livre que son auteur nous avait déjà quitté. En tout cas, je compte bien découvrir ses autres ouvrages qui semblent bénéficier de cette "patte" si particulière.

  • Melanti
    2019-03-19 21:33

    This is an odd, twisty-turny type of book - and I'm not sure that's a good thing in this case.It starts out with a very Latin American magical realism feel, until it suddenly feels nothing at all like magical realism and feels entirely like Joyce's typical explicit sex-talk prose. And then it'll be drifty and dreamy again for awhile until suddenly it's dealing with concrete, post-WWII real life issues. Then it's back to magical realism again until suddenly you're in a flashback to the Blitz and a bad night of shelling - and just at the climax of that night (pun intended) you're back to drifty, dreamy visions all over again. I was continually struggling to keep my footing and I'm not sure I really enjoyed the sensation.There were bits that I did find fantastic - I loved the father and the mother and Cassie's relationship with him. I loved the man behind the glass though I'm STILL confused as to how he could have gotten there without anyone noticing... Despite being put off balance, I did like the last bit of the Coventry bombing and the ambiguity that gives to the question of Frank's parentage.But then there's parts that I didn't like AT ALL - one being the creepy Feek at the commune. (view spoiler)[I think we're supposed to find the commune scene as a whole really funny - but I just couldn't bring myself to laugh at anything when Feek was leering at Frank from afar. Given previous experience with Joyce and given the fact that nothing besides a bit of groping happened, I suspect we're supposed to laugh the whole incident off as a big joke - the characters sure seem to once a couple of weeks have passed - but I just don't find that funny. At all. (hide spoiler)]And as much as I liked the scenes with the father, certain aspects of them don't make sense in retrospect. (view spoiler)[Cassie says she knows the medium is faking it because the dead listen to her and the dead never can hear the living. But both she and her mother hold conversations with the dead father just fine! At times one party has trouble hearing the other or vice versa - but it's nowhere like how Cassie describes in the beginning... Why did she think that?? Was the father so wrapped up in ignoring the mother that he kept doing that for a while even after his death?(hide spoiler)] That whole concept just has me confused.

  • Roxane
    2019-02-28 01:26

    I'll pass on the wonderful translation and how I find the French title even better than the original one (yes for once!). Lignes de Vie has something that also reminds you of palm reading and points right at the magic realism of the book (which is not quite obvious at first). Coventry, at the end of WW2. Everyday life is somewhat upset for Martha and her seven daughters when her youngest, Cassie refuses to give up her baby boy, Frank for adoption. Cassie is unstable, often phased out, makes little sense in both actions and words... clearly, she cannot be a suitable mother. The father's identity remains a mystery. Family members therefore decide to take on turns in the bringing up of the child. Frank goes froom his grandmother's, to Una and her farmer of husband, to his twin aunts devoted to spiritualism, to Beatie the family's educated radical, to Aida married to the town's embalmer, to Olive and her unfaithful husband... But like his grandmother and his mother, Frank is not exactly your regular little boy. While Martha is often visited by strange apparitions announcing the future and Cassie is able to speak with her deceased father (among other things!), Frank too has an unusual intuition and is able to see things that no other can. At the core of Cassie's mysteries is the night Coventry was attacked by German bombardment during WW2. Thus, in addition to magic realism, is historical realism (let us mention that the author was born in the town of Coventry). And the book also depicts the many facets of post war working class life. I found the Facts of Life to be an interesting and mature combination of fantasy, historical facts and social observation.

  • Steve
    2019-03-14 20:33

    I almost feel badly categorizing this as "fantasy," because it is far and away the lightest (or most normal, mainstream, or conventional) of the Graham Joyce books I've read. The fantastical elements are mere color or flavor, whereas the overall work is an appealing, well-crafted, moving, or even touching chronicle of a large, complicated family surviving and evolving during a difficult time (World War II and the aftermath, in Coventry, England).What's funny is that I'd be less inclined to recommend this book to my fantasy-reading friends who've enjoyed Joyce's other works. I'd be more inclined to recommend this to some of my literary fiction readers, for example the folks who are partial to Penelope Lively (still one of my all time favorites) or even Carol Shields - indeed, this book felt more like The Stone Diaries to me than, say, something by Neil Gaiman... Granted, Joyce can be a tad graphic at times, and he doesn't shy away from the mechanics of sex, but this story is really about families and relationships and the roles and challenges that face the matriarch, the difficulties of the prodigal daughter, the coming of age of a young boy, etc... All in all, a pleasant surprise...

  • Davy
    2019-03-11 03:26

    This is the fourth Graham Joyce novel I've read, and the fourth I've been sad to let go. His books are unassumingly perfect little things -- gentle, welcoming, and warm. Joyce has a knack for turning modest tales into proufoundly moving meditations on what it means to be alive, to be frightened, to be loved and in love, to be young or old or normal or extraordinary. His fantasies are never just about themselves -- they're about real things: growing up, raising children, coping with violence, being a good friend. I can't get enough of it. I feel as though these books are making me a better person.The Facts of Life, in particular, struck me as strange, at times. The plot is a vague, amorphous thing ... while the characters are masterpieces, every one. They *are* the plot, they hold all the suspense and momentum, the tension and sadness and hope and beauty. They seem as real as you or I. Upon finishing the book, I closed it and immediately began wondering how the Vines were doing over there in Coventry? How is the 21st century treating them? Is Frank someone terribly important? I hope he's happy, etc.That's the sort of thing Joyce can do to you.

  • SashkoLiutyj
    2019-03-06 02:41

    дуже майстерно написано: чверть книги - типова сімейна сага, реалізм аж зашкалює, але потім непомітно з'являється магія, дозовано, так, що межа цього переходу - від реального до фантастичного - якщо не начисто витерта, то надзвичайно розмита, і в цьому величезний кайф для читача. вражає дивовижне балансування між жанрами: тут і війна, і привиди, і психічні розлади, і фемінізм, і відверті сцени, і навіть розтини трупів.здавалося б, з такої мішанини нічого доброго не мало би вийти, але Джойс так класно все це обігрує, що нема до чого й причепитися, більше того: від книжки просто неможливо відірватися. одночасно нагадує "Таємне життя бджіл", "Вбити пересмішника", "Сто років самотності" і ще бозна-скільки всього іншого.пятьорочька.

  • Pamela
    2019-03-15 23:50

    One reviewer wrote that she thought Joyce made a mistake in the title and I couldn't agree more. But that was his only mistake, in my opinion. Having just read The Monuments Men, I decided to stick to World War 2 for my next book and picked this one. It took a few pages to get into the groove of the book, but to allow the magical realism to pick me up and carry me on it's meandering way. But as I got to know all the characters, I loved all of them. I wasn't sure about any of them at the beginning, but slowly, Cassie, Martha, Beatie and even Gordon (yes, even him!) grew on me. A pleasant book about family and overcoming struggles together, set against the backdrop of bombed-out Coventry, England.

  • Elizabeth Hunter
    2019-03-01 01:39

    Calling this book "fantasy" is like calling The Time Traveller's Wife "science fiction". Absolutely true, but not what people usually mean by those words. The book this most reminded me of was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It is the story of a family who've survived World War II, beginning to move into the unknown future embodied in the new baby that seven sisters and an amazing mother share between them, their different homes and lives illustrating the forces of history at work. Their ghosts are a bit more literal than most family's, yet this is not a ghost story, but a human one.

  • Kita
    2019-03-17 23:44

    So I had to knock off a point for the worst title ever. I can't even write this review without getting The Facts of Life theme song in my head. Clearly that show wasn't a big hit in England! But the book has nothing to do with that and is a beautiful story of a family in Coventry, England during WWII. The cover describes it as a "heartrending novel of one family's quest to begin again - without forgetting the lives they left behind"' in a "haunting, war-torn terrain." Fans of magical realism and historical fiction will enjoy this book. Also, if you like this book, I highly recommend Joyce's Some Kind of Fairytale.

  • Wufusk
    2019-03-05 03:44

    I enjoyed this book, and wish that I could give it 3 1/2 stars. Though a tad slow at times, it grabbed my interest quickly and made me want to keep reading to find out what would happen next. I liked the way the supernatural fit along well with the ordinary, though I'm not sure now whether the dead can speak, hear, or both. (In chapter 14, they can speak to you, but not hear. In chapter 22, they can hear you but "can't get their words out." And in chapter 37, they can both hear and speak.) I wasn't as crazy about the ending as other reviewers, but perhaps that's because I got busy and ended up reading the last few chapters just a couple of pages at a time.

  • Smarty79
    2019-03-21 01:46

    Very nice one. Pure British kitchen-sink story with a lot of amazing female characters and a bit of magic. Some well organized humor structure are detected, although overall impression is closer to something more serious.

  • Noah Klug
    2019-03-17 01:47

    This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read. Graham Joyce is an extremely gifted and skilled writer and I am a huge fan.

  • Jeanne Wiselle
    2019-03-22 02:46

    J’avais déjà repéré ce livre il y a un moment à la médiathèque mais sans jamais osé sauter le pas, la couverture avait attiré mon attention. Le défi lecture a fait que j’ai attrapé le livre quand je suis passée devant la dernière fois que j’ai été chercher ceux que je voulais. Et bien je ne regrette pas ce choix impulsif. On suit la vie d’une famille après la 2nde Guerre Mondiale avec Martha, la matriache, ses filles et leurs maris et ses petits enfants. Ils vivent tous dans des milieux différents ce qui nous permet de découvrir des façons de vivre différentes et les personnalités de chacun. Mais le petit truc en plus, c’est que c’est une famille un peu particulière. Celle ci s’articule autour de la plus jeune des filles de Martha, Cassie, qui n’est pas très équilibrée dans sa tête et qui se retrouve maman d’un petit garçon, qui lui non plus n’est pas ordinaire, et c’est toute la famille qui va donner un coup de main pour aider à élever Frank. Je n’en dis pas plus pour ne rien révéler de l’histoire.

  • Tor Gar
    2019-03-01 01:26

    Libro que narra las vivencias de una matriarca y sus siete hijas en los años posteriores a la segunda guerra mundial. De temática costumbrista muy evocadora con añadidos de fantasía en el ámbito de lo sobrenatural (fantasmas).El libro me gana por la parte costumbrista y sus personajes. Son bastantes, bien caracterizados y aunque cada uno representa un arquetipo estereotipado son carismáticos a su modo. Mientras el foco está en ellos el libro me gusta mucho aunque la historia no lleve a ningún sitio pero cuando trata de contar algo directamente sin basarse en las relaciones entre ellos pierde bastante.Narrado de una forma sencilla y con buenos diálogos, en donde incluso lo que no se dice es relevante, va uniendo muchos elementos de un modo muy natural todo ello con una pátina evocadora.

  • Janice
    2019-02-19 20:34

    I love Graham Joyce. This is a quiet story of a boy born and growing up in Coventry at the tail-end of WW2 and just after. There's a family of women (mostly), including his mother Cassie, who's a bit fey, and grandmother Martha, also gifted (afflicted?) with a bit of the Sight.The whole family joins in raising Frank. Since Cassie's a little unreliable as a mom, Frank's parenting is shared among the sisters. This is not a hardship to Frank. He gets to live on a farm, in a free-thinking commune, with his fussy maiden aunts, with his undertaker aunt and uncle. It's a quiet, lovely story. The description of Cassie "helping the dead" in the bombing of Coventry is especially dramatic and affecting. Good stuff.

  • Robin Meadows
    2019-03-10 22:38

    Graham Joyce is a new favorite of mine. I loved his Some Kind of Fairy Tale so much that I'm reading all the rest of his novels. If I hadn't already read and enjoyed one of his books, I might not have stuck with The Facts of Life and I'm happy I did. Joyce writes fantasy with a light touch - it's just another part of life for his characters, and the big themes are very human and relatable.

  • Heidi
    2019-03-08 20:47

    I enjoyed this book. It had some funky magical hoopla that I shan't soon forget. I have images in my head of the man under the bridge that will stick with me. I like the bizarre, flawed characters, and loved the fact that this family of sisters were all so completely different! The meshing of reality with the fantastical was done well!

  • Nancy Zigmund
    2019-02-21 20:38

    Great

  • Alyson
    2019-03-18 00:52

    Beautiful, quirky, heartbreaking! Loved this book! Loved it so much! Should be a tv series or a movie!

  • Loraine
    2019-03-18 23:26

    I checked out The Facts Of Life six months ago, for the first go-round at reading it. Whatever was going on in my life, whatever the books I was reading at the time, I didn't get hooked. But my oh my, this time around, once engaged with Joyce's way of introducing the Vine family and their lives to the reader, I couldn't put the book down. The extraordinary lives of these ordinary people, and by that I mean every day working class folks, are rich and spiritual, wild and conservative, pinched and crabbed by the times. And what times. The Vine family is hijacked by World War II, as were all people living in England from 1940 to 1953, when most of the events in this novel transpire. They, like the author's parents, survive the Coventry blitz . . . and go on. Each and every member of Martha's family, her seven daughters and her grandchildren, but especially Frank, won my heart in one way or another. (For one thing, I'm the eldest of eight children and the varying ways of living in a large family seemed so well drawn by Joyce that the Vines could have been neighbors of mine when I was growing up in the 1950s.) Martha is matriarch to a wildly varied family of females, with a quirk or two thrown in. Martha has the magic of second sight, as does her youngest, the emotionally labile Cassie who loves sex itself, and Frank, Cassie's child. Joyce's depiction of the night-long blitz that destroyed Coventry in 1940 raised the hair on the back of my neck. No news reels or historical description of that destruction have been as powerful and "real" to me. How people survive . . . is a wonder, a wonder that Joyce explores in his tale of the Vine family.This book also has one of my most favorite secondary characters I've met in a long time. Raggie Annie is a midwife who knows a lot about the mysterious ways that make up "the facts of life." What Joyce leads us to in this beautiful book is the knowledge that the facts of any given situation may mean very different things to each of us as we get on with our lives.

  • Althéa
    2019-03-17 00:46

    Il n'aurait pas fallu que ça soit plus long, car je n'y aurais pas survécu, j'aurais décrépi dans mon ennui. Sur le papier, il y a tous les éléments pour faire une histoire intéressante, et surtout, prenante. L'Angleterre de l'après guerre, une famille unie par son nombre, d'abord, mais aussi par le don étrange qui relie la mère à la plus jeune de ses filles, et le filet de protection silencieux mais toujours plus fort autour de cette demoiselle un peu fragile mentalement, qui s'avère être une véritable bombe à retardement. Un peu de surnaturel, donc, par petites touches - vraiment très petites - et une histoire de famille colorée, avec des tempéraments très différents, presque crédibles, et un background qui attire l'oeil de la lectrice que je suis. Mais ça ne marche pas, parce que le titre est tout ce qu'il y a de plus véridique. Et ni le don partagé par la mère et la fille, ni les personnages charismatiques - enfin, un peu - ni le contexte d'après guerre ne suffisent à rendre le tout intéressant, ne suffisent à faire oublier qu'on nous raconte le petit déjeuner des personnages comme s'il s'agissait d'un instant palpitant. Peut-être suis-je trop demandeuse en action, mais mes nombreuses lectures de fantasy, où il n'est pas rare que l'action soit presque inexistante des chapitres, voire des tomes durant, avant de crever la surface et de coller le lecteur à son fauteuil, me laisse à penser que ça ne vient peut-être pas de moi. Je n'ai pas détesté le livre, je n'irais pas jusque là. Je l'ai lu jusqu'à la fin, espérant à chaque chapitre que ce chapitre celui LE chapitre, celui où l'action se réveillerait enfin. Mais toute cette demi-teinte est terriblement ennuyante, terriblement lassante, et je suis restée sur ma faim, ce qui est cruel quand on a conscience qu'il y a tant d'éléments pour que l'histoire soit passionnante. Je n'irai même pas tenter les autres livres de l'auteur.

  • Patrícia
    2019-03-05 01:27

    Uma história familiar (no feminino) que começa com a quase entrega de uma criança nas escadas de uma catedral.Cassie tem momentos em que está com a “melancolia”. Seja isso um eufemismo para esquizofrenia ou qualquer outra doença mental, a verdade é que é opinião mais ou menos unânime que ela não tem capacidade para cuidar daquela criança. Mas Cassie, a quem não falta instinto maternal nem amor por aquele ser pequenino que dela saiu, não tem coragem de o entregar.Assim, e por decisão familiar (a Matriarca Martha decide e depois convence todos de que decisão foi democrática) Frank torna-se membro activo da família e é responsabilidade de todos, não apenas de Cassie.Numa família onde o contacto com o além é um dado adquirido e onde sete irmãs têm comportamentos e valores distintos, Frank é criado por todas e insere-se às mil maravilhas, nunca se apercebendo que essa não é forma tradicional de criar uma criança. Assim, o miúdo cresce passando por várias experiências. Há a vida com Cassie e Martha, na cidade, com Bertie numa comuna, com as gémeas espíritas, com a tia mais conservadora e sem qualquer instinto maternal, com a tia casada com um embalsamador profissional (o que é, mesmo nos anos 40 um espectáculo muito mais interessante que a televisão - apesar desta ser total novidade) ou na quinta de Una e Tom onde a liberdade e amor é uma constante tal como a presença do “homem por detrás do vidro”.Este livro conta-nos uma história diferente. Lê-se muito bem mas passei boa parte do livro sem saber muito bem o que pensar. Ao mesmo tempo que a história era extremamente simples havia ali qualquer coisa que era mais do que realmente parecia. Os mistérios do livro não são o ponto central mas estão sempre por ali. Mais ou menos presentes.No final posso dizer que gostei, que recomendo e que foi um tempo bem empregue. E que, ao contrário do que pensei enquanto lia o livro, sei que não me vou esquecer desta história tão depressa.