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Lighthousekeeping

Motherless and anchorless, red-headed Silver is taken in by the timeless Mr. Pew, keeper of the Cape Wrath lighthouse, located at the isolated northwestern tip of Scotland. Pew teaches her to man the light but more importantly he tells her ancient tales of longing and rootlessness, of ties that bind and of the slippages that occur throughout every life, not least those of the local inhabitants. Les mer

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Motherless and anchorless, red-headed Silver is taken in by the timeless Mr. Pew, keeper of the Cape Wrath lighthouse, located at the isolated northwestern tip of Scotland. Pew teaches her to man the light but more importantly he tells her ancient tales of longing and rootlessness, of ties that bind and of the slippages that occur throughout every life, not least those of the local inhabitants. One local, Babel Dark, a nineteenth-century clergyman who loved one woman but married another, opens like a map that Silver must follow. Caught in her own particular darknesses, she embarks on an Ulyssean sift through the stories we tell ourselves, stories of love and loss, of passion and regret, stories of unending journeys that move through places and times, and the bleak finality of the shores of betrayal.A story of mutability, of talking birds and stolen books, of Darwin and Stevenson and of the Jekyll and Hyde in all of us, Lighthousekeeping is a way in to the rooms of our own that we secretly inhabit and the lighthouses we strive towards. Jeanette Winterson is one of the most extraordinary and original writers of her generation and this shows her at her lyrical best.From the Hardcover edition.

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Forlag
Knopf Canada
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780307366610

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Lille – 21.05.2009

– Ute på et forblåst fyr bor den foreldreløse Silver sammen med hunden sin, DogJim, og den gamle fyrvokteren Pew. Silver forteller historier. Mange historier - historier som ikke alltid har en egentlig begynnelse eller noen slutt, men som vever seg inn i både hverandre og i virkeligheten på merkelige og fascinerende måter. Det er ikke alltid like enkelt å henge med på hvilken historie hun forteller for hver gang du blar om til neste side, men jeg blir likevel underlig grepet av denne boka og av Silver, Pew og historien om Babel Dark og det mystiske dobbeltlivet hans. Det er rett og slett vakre fortellinger fortalt i et vakkert språk. Likevel, til syvende og sist sitter jeg igjen med langt flere spørsmål enn svar, og det hele er litt i overkant forvirrende for min smak.

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