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10 thoughts on “Treasures of Time

  1. says:

    The fact is, of course, that what you feel about what you see depends not on what is, but who you are A place is an illusion. A very subtle, understated measure of time in the individual sense in the familial sense in the generational sense and in the historical sense and how all of these converge and conflict when the BBC descends upon the fractured Paxton family, intent on making a documentary about deceased archeologist Hugh Paxton Navigating the different memories this present day excavation unearths, Lively is able to give us a true sense of how those who have devoted their lives to uncovering the truths of history e.g., Paxton, and also the young Tom, engaged to Paxton s aloof and emotionally traumatized daughter, Kate may know less than those who have lived their own histories organically, such as Nellie, first Paxton s lover and then sister in law and, possibly, her lover yet again , who is confined to a wheelchair after a stroke yet is still mobile in the outside world as well as the inner world than many of the other characters Laura, Nellie s sister and Paxton s widow, who, despite her class conscious snobbism and her disdain for the new generation it seems like the mid to late 1970s , clings to memories of her past, even if only for purely selfish reasons and the Paxtons daughter Kate, who is as unpredictable as the land her father explored and charted, proving, in short, that only nature rules where mankind fails, and that it is our blunder to think we can either rewrite history or claim ownership or knowledge of a land s spoils.While this is a minor Lively, her pacing is spot on, even as she moves somewhat quickly from each characters point of view and from the present to the past Recommended for fans of Lively s mature work, fans of Bowen, fans of Taylor, and also perhaps fans of Brookner.

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    3.75This is one of those quiet yet profound books not an awful lot happens and I felt somewhat distant from the majority of characters, however, overall I enjoyed this read I liked the fluid time line, the fact the people experience the same events differently and recall events differently as the blurb says Treasures of Time explores the relationship between the lives we live and the lives we think we live The day trip to Oxford, Blenheim, Minster Lovell the Cotswolds was hilarious an old stomping ground so I could picture it clearly My favourite character was Martin Laker his ramshackle career of restoring churches, estate villages etc He seemed to be possibly the only happy and content person in the book As an ex archaeologist someone who still works with old buildings, I enjoyed her knowledge of history and archaeology and that element of the story Wish Kate could believe that she is better off without Tom who needs to grow up and take responsibility for how he treats people , but I doubt that will be the case. How all is in constant flux, with solid ground disappearing beneath your feet in an instant Where there was sun and bright sky reflecting water and grass pouring in the wind there is uncertainty and misgivings and the knowledge that nothing stays still, that one moves all the time from one moment to another, that everything changes.How your time and place shape you The winds of change blow on us all, conditioning a great deal than how we dress or what we eat.The idea that everyone experiences the same places differently The fact is, of course, that what you feel about what you see depends not on what it is, but who you are A place is an illusion Here we stand, these people and me, looking at quite different things Sir Thomas Brown remember the wheel of things later croquet as a recurring significant event is this an example of the wheel of things.

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    By comparison with today s tomes, Treasures of Time is a short book, only 200 pages long, but it shows Lively at her best an engaging plot, deft characterisation, acute powers of observation especially about class distinction and her finger on the pulse of social change I read it in two nights, and thoroughly enjoyed it.Hugh Paxton was an eminent archaeologist and the BBC wants to make a doco about him Tony, the affable producer, heads off to Wiltshire to focus on the most famous dig and meet up with Hugh s tiresome widow Laura, also gathering up an assortment of experts to pontificate about archaeology in general and Paxton in particular Lively s husband was an Oxford academic, and the source of snippets of professional jealousy is amusingly obvious The daughter, Kate, who had escaped to London, is required, and must therefore agonise about the impending meeting between her mother and her fiance Tom He s a cheerful, easygoing fellow on the way to making good in an academic career but he s not of their class, and Laura is going to be dismissive.To view the rest visithttp anzlitlovers.wordpress.com 200

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    Dit was de eerste roman voor volwassenen van Penelope Lively en je voelt dat ze hier nog niet het niveau heeft van bvb The photograph of Moon Tiger of de ongelooflijke memoir Ammonites and leaping fish.Waar de auteur wel al meester in is, is in het schetsen van onderlinge relaties en hoe personages evolueren, en ook over hoe het geheugen werkt.Sterk in deze roman vond ik hoe elk personage alternerend aan het woord komt, in de tegenwoordige tijd maar ook terugkijkend op het verleden Er wordt nooit gezegd wie aan het woord is, maar het is altijd wel duidelijk.Dit is geen boek dat ik zal meedragen voor de rest van mijn leven, maar ik heb wel een zeer grote sympathie opgevat voor hoofdpersonage Tom.

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    I don t quite know what to say Given that my edition was part of the Penguin Decades series and supposed to represent the 1970s, I guess I expected it to deal with the social changes occurring at that time in at least some form The closest it gets to this is discussing social mobility, political indifference and the concept of nationality in passing and while that s not why I decided to buy it, it did feel like a bit of a let down My second problem with it was that there s no real urgency to tell this story, and while there are high points throughout it s quite clever and the characters feel real, but most of them leave you feeling indifferent be they nice people or not so much , I doubt you ll feel much richer for having read it It s not bad per se, but feels a bit pointless at times That said, I d quite like to read something else by Penelope Lively and see if my feelings would change.

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    I know Penelope Lively s work mostly from her children s books which I enjoyed reading to and with children when they were first published and since I think her writing stands the tests of time because it is about the eternal themes of life and love and death Treasures of Time , although published forty years ago, has messages which are strangely contemporary The story revolves around five main characters and is told through their thoughts, memories and actions in the present of the book, the late 1970s, and their past lives I had thought that Kate, the daughter of the celebrated archaeologist about whom a television programme is planned, would be the pivotal character Having read it I think her fianc e Tom is actually of pivot, if there is one.There are no great plot surprises in the book although, towards the end, there is one event that I didn t see coming Having no great plot surprises is a bonus This isn t a plot driven story as so many modern stories are It isn t what happens or what happened in the past, that matters but the way the characters interpret or relate to it and to each other.There are several references through the book to technology and how it is invading people s lives for better or worse As the story was written pre internet and mobile phone I thought that was an insightful observation There are also a couple, who are friends of Tom, livening what we might describe now as a rather New Age existence turning their backs on modern conveniences in favour of an Aga in the kitchen and a mangle for the washing I did wonder what contemporary readers would have thought of that in 1979.The book is beautifully written unpicking the minutiae of everyday life She reminds me a little of Ann Tyler s work in that she writes about experiences that are common to many people and therefore helps us to understand ourselves a little I think that often writers who focus on the everyday are sometimes unrated because they aren t writing about the big issues For some readers and critics the everyday isn t considered important which is strange because it s the one theme we all have in common.The prevalent them is I think about time time past and time present and how we mis remember the past The copy that I read was a Penguin reissue It appeared to be a slim volume as there were barely 200 pages however the font was small and a rough comparison with another book showed that word for word it wasn t as short as it looked It might sound a strange observation but physically I found it a tricky read because the font was so small each page seemed to be dense with text I d be interested to see how the original hardback was set out.I think it would make an excellent TV drama I don t think many of her books have been dramatised but maybe that s her choice.

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    The British class system in the 20th century, examined in this study of Tom and Kate, Kate s mother and aunt and the episodes which bring them all together The plot covers events in their lives over a short period of time following the death of Kate s father, a famous archaeologist The class system, relationships, infidelities, archaeology and even Japanese tourism in Oxford all feature at one stage or another The story is told in vivid flashback as well as current time All is quite loose and not very much happens, but the story is entertaining enough and contains the hallmarks of Penelope Lively.

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    A delightful and thoughtful tale about elite English life, academic and well heeled but suffering the same everyday social challenges as everyone else The story of the relationship between one young couple is interwoven with that of parents and family in the past plus a background of the early 20th Century scene in Bronze Age archeology.

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    A bit dated but fun to read if you lived in London in the 70 s Interesting study of flawed characters and how they can get into a relationship mess inevitably and unwittingly.

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    Although not my absolute favorite of Lively s work, this was a well written, absorbing novel 3.85.

Treasures Of Time Is The Twelfth Novel By Booker Prize Winning Author Penelope Lively, A Spellbinding Story Of The Dangers Of Digging Up The Dark Secrets Of The Past This Edition Features An Introduction By Selina Hastings Penguin Decades Bring You The Novels That Helped Shape Modern Britain When They Were Published, Some Were Bestsellers, Some Were Considered Scandalous, And Others Were Simply Misunderstood All Represent Their Time And Helped Define Their Generation, While Today Each Is Considered A Landmark Work Of Storytelling Penelope Lively S Treasures Of Time Was Published In , And Is An Acutely Observed Study Of Marriage And Manipulation When The BBC Want To Make A Documentary About Acclaimed Archaeologist Hugh Paxton, His Widow Laura, Daughter Kate And Her Fianc Tom Are A Little Nervous Digging Up The Past Can Also Disturb The Present Penelope Lively Is The Author Of Many Prize Winning Novels And Short Story Collections For Both Adults And Children She Has Twice Been Shortlisted For The Booker Prize Once InFor Her First Novel, The Road To Lichfield, And Again InFor According To Mark She Later Won TheBooker Prize For Her Highly Acclaimed Novel Moon Tiger Her Other Books Include Going Back Judgement Day Next To Nature, Art Perfect Happiness Passing On City Of The Mind Cleopatra S Sister Heat Wave Beyond The Blue Mountains, A Collection Of Short Stories Oleander, Jacaranda, A Memoir Of Her Childhood Days In Egypt Spiderweb Her Autobiographical Work, A House Unlocked The Photograph Making It Up Consequences Family Album, Which Was Shortlisted For TheCosta Novel Award, And How It All Began She Is A Popular Writer For Children And Has Won Both The Carnegie Medal And The Whitbread Award She Was Appointed CBE In TheNew Year S Honours List, And DBE InPenelope Lively Lives In London