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An Experiment in Love An alternate cover for this isbn can be found here Following A Change in Climate An Experiment in Love is a coming of age tale set in Seventies London It is London Carmel McBain in her first t

  • Title: An Experiment in Love
  • Author: Hilary Mantel
  • ISBN: 9780007172887
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Paperback
  • An Experiment in Love By Hilary Mantel, An alternate cover for this isbn can be found here.Following A Change in Climate, An Experiment in Love is a coming of age tale set in Seventies London It is London, 1970 Carmel McBain, in her first term at university, has cut free of her childhood roots in the north Among the gossiping, flirtatious girls of Tonbridge Hall, she begins her experiments in life and love BAn alternate cover for this isbn can be found here.Following A Change in Climate, An Experiment in Love is a coming of age tale set in Seventies London It is London, 1970 Carmel McBain, in her first term at university, has cut free of her childhood roots in the north Among the gossiping, flirtatious girls of Tonbridge Hall, she begins her experiments in life and love But the year turns The mini skirt falls out of style and an era of concealment begins Carmel s world darkens, and tragedy waits in the wings.

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    1. Hilary Mantel never wastes a word, and it s only at the end of this brief book as opposed to her Booker Prize winning Wolf Hall, at 500 plus pages, anyway that you realize how expertly she has woven every line and observation She excels, in all her books, at the portrayal of not so likable people, and keeping the reader interested in them even as they re repelled She said recently, when asked what advice she d give to aspiring writers Drop the charm Eat meat, drink blood She means it.

    2. I was so enchanted by Wolf Hall that I resolved to read Hilary Mantel s other novels I had not heard of her before Wolf Hall won the Booker Prize and I don t think she was very well known in the United States previously, but is highly respected in England She has published ten novels, An Experiment in Love being her seventh It is a sad, sad tale, very English and it reminded me of Anne Enright s The Gathering Somehow, Mantel s writing just drags you into the hearts of her characters and keeps yo [...]

    3. This was a fine novel for me The writing and the story telling are so bright and fast moving I didn t want to put it down The tale follows Carmel from her girlhood through a demanding Catholic school for 11 18 years olds, and into her college times in London There is plenty of flavoring in this this Irish Catholic background, and in the sense of poverty of pocket book and ideas of some of the characters, in the class issues and and in the sense of the times and places that are vastly different D [...]

    4. This review could be 20 paragraphs long, that s how personal a connection this novel had for me in reaction More than just enjoyable, at least 1 2 was outright LOL, literally The descriptive mastery Not an easy read, as there are 4 comparative context metaphors or some kind of nuance allusion or allegory to a paragraph, but what an effect Also despite being in another country, the absolutely identical cultural context issues to the time we experienced are just incredible Like the paper folded co [...]

    5. The writing in this short book captured and held me, even though the plot had little intrinsic interest for me It s the experience of a working class Catholic girl from the north of England being pushed into academic success by her ambitious mother in the late 1960s to 1970 It s a somber and sad first person story, even though the narrator has reached, by the time of the writing, some form of happiness, integrity, and maturity There are flashes everywhere of early feminism, social satire, Cathol [...]

    6. An Experiment in Love is a novel that I expected to connect with than in fact I did It follows a girl called Carmel as she gets into a selective high school, has to have a whole fancy uniform that seems incredibly expensive, does well at school, goes off to university, and negotiates the novel freedom of living with a group of other young women for the first time Although the narrative is set in the 1970s, I had all the aforementioned experiences myself in the 90s and 00s Carmel is an interesti [...]

    7. An Experiment in Love is Carmel s story of her childhood somewhere near Manchester She is educated at Catholic schools, earns a scholarship as a passport out of her working class background, and fetches up at university in London Here she makes new friends from different classes and parts of the country, but fails to sever her ties with her school friends, who have joined her at the same hall of residence.Carmel reflects back on her life, prompted by a newspaper article about a friend and former [...]

    8. This book is often compared to Muriel Spark s The Girls of Slender Means, including by the characters in the book itself But, while there are structural and thematic similarities a narrator form the now recalls her younger self living in a residence hall for young women, a tragedy that takes the life of one of said women, etc I find Mantel s book to be much better It is less fragmented in its points of view Carmel is the sole narrator , Carmel has a back story that is much developed and poignan [...]

    9. Hilary Mantel imprime en Experimento de amor su particular sello a las novelas de iniciaci n En esta obra, la aparici n en prensa de una antigua compa era de estudios provoca en la protagonista una especie de regresi n a sus a os de infancia y adolescencia que no solo pinta un perfecto retrato de las cuitas e inquietudes propias de la juventud, sino que realiza una magn fica composici n social, pol tica e ideol gica de Inglaterra en la d cada de los 60 Y es en este escenario, en el que Mantel se [...]

    10. Mantel s Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies were so riveting, so beautifully crafted I missed them terribly when I finished them To fill the void, I decided to embark on an all Mantel all the time summer I liked Experiment in Love, but it certainly was not IMHO of the same caliber as the previously mentioned historical novels Had I read it without the others as touchstones, I think I would have given this book a higher rating The writing is wonderful, but the story never really engaged me I found [...]

    11. I first heard of Hilary Mantel in regards to her recent awards for Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, neither of which I have read at this point.I found this book at a sale and thought I d get a taste of her writing I do like British authors in general and stories set there and I found her to be an excellent writer which seems to be the most critical factor in my enjoying a book When you add the ability to create intriguing characters and a good storyline to fine prose, you have a winner I have [...]

    12. I love this book The restrictive school setting, brief poignant character sketches, and conclusion all remind me than a little of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie The distance the narrator is able to maintain between herself and her childhood friend acquaintance enemy, Karina, is remarkable, and we don t see until the ending exactly why this distance is so necessary, because the narrator can t bring herself to spell it out Karina s streak of malevolence is than a little destructive Hilary Mantel [...]

    13. alfa yay nlar ndan bir a k deneyi ad ile km.t rk eye evrilmi o u kitab n kaderi oldu u gibi belki k t eviriyle, kesinlikle berbat redaksiyonla, iyi yaz ld belli bir kitap okumu oldum mantel kad n diliyle yaz lm romanlar okumak isteyen biri i in iyi bir tercih olaca a benziyor 5 de il 4 y ld z n nedeni kitab n yeterince detayland r lmam olmas insan daha fazlas n isteyerek son sayfay kapat yor.

    14. I was gripped by this book and could hardly bear to put it down The characters are so real and clearly there is an element of autobiography in the central narrator I don t want to put in any spoilers but suffice to say you get the feeling that it isn t going to end happily, and it doesn t Hilary Mantel is a powerful writer and I found this book very satisfying indeed.

    15. The redaction of the story is excellent, but overall it is a sad story and that s the reason why I rate it 3 stars for me, an ok book.

    16. This book is highly autobiographical, and I ve read most of Mantel s autobiography, so there was a hint of deja vu throughout this story the childhood in the northern mill town here transposed from Derbyshire to Lancashire , the convent school, the boyfriend turned husband and the escape to University and London I wondered why retread ground that Margaret Drabble and Lynne Reid Banks had already covered, of 1960s girls although Mantel references Edna O Brien and Muriel Spark at or leaving univer [...]

    17. Following girls through their growth from middle school into high school and then into college This took place in the 60s and 70s The main character Carmel battles a variety of things including anorexia, a broken relationship, trouble with her parents and issues between friends she grew up with as opposed to new ones she makes along the way Other girls end up dealing with pregnancy, abortion comes into play, money issues while in college Definitely a feminism air to the story, religious underton [...]

    18. This haunting book brought to mind Peter Ackroyd s note on The eternal present of the past Curiously, its tragic ending echoed that of one of my favorite books, The Girls of Slender Means , by Muriel Spark Similarly, as well, both address the moral issues arising from the tragedies Certainly, Experiment is very different from both Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies in tone, mood and period.Recommended very highly.Here is the NY Times review by Margaret Atwood nytimes books 98 10 11

    19. Great fan of Hilary Mantel But this is the novel she wrote before she tuned all her instruments A coming of age story set in Lancashire and London about a girl set the task of overcoming her pinched and draconian background Should be okay but it s not, not at all In fact it s bloody boring The comedy falls flat The prose is overblown and heavy handed and the characters are just plain dull This was a chore to read.

    20. This was good enough that I am almost considering setting aside my deep distrust of the whole project of historical fiction and reading one of those big books of hers that everybody is always reading Almost.

    21. During my childhood every adult I knew, at some point, would reminisce about the 50 s and 60 s I didn t realize how much I liked that until I read this novel It is very different from her Cromwell books, except that she doesn t ever play her full hand until the end.

    22. Al principio tenia la sensaci n que llevaba la mitad del libro y todo era una gran introducci n q quiz s no me llevar a a ninguna parte Pero he seguido y me daba cuenta que me enganchaba aunque pensara que no explicara gran cosa pero luego te das cuenta que si es una buena historia.

    23. IQ When men decided women could be educated this is what I think they educated them on the male plan they put them into schools with mottoes and school songs and muddy team games, they made them wear collars and ties It was a way to concede the right to learning, yet remain safe the products of the system would always be inferior to the original model Women were forced to imitate men, and bound not to succeed at it 164.This quote resonated with me because it reminded me of a reading we had in my [...]

    24. Hilary Mantel s portrayal of the highly charged interactions among young women contains traces of Tudor politics powerplay, backstabbing and a very thin line between friends and enemies The novel charts the coming of age of Carmel McBain, who many years later is sifting through her memory Carmel leaves a working class home, a convent education, and a domineering mother for college, just as England enters the Thatcher era Accompanying her is Karina, a longtime schoolmate who has been selected as [...]

    25. If you loved Elena Ferrante s suite My Brilliant Friend, etc you will appreciate Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel s take on friendship in this exquisite novel set in Britain.

    26. I really like Hilary Mantel s books they are dark and quirky, and this one is no exception It isn t really about very much, the narrator, Carmel is settling into University, along with two of her schoolfriends, and this is juxtaposed with memories of how the girls met and their lives at Primary and Secondary school Yup, there is a great deal of detail about that We are told by Carmel straight away that Karina is strange, Karina is the outsider Carmel was forced to be her friend by her mother Now [...]

    27. You re only young once, they say, but doesn t it go on for a long time More years than you can bear What was it like, being a female student in 1970 Carmel, Karina and Julia are all at university in London together They live in a Halls of Residence None of them are very nice people But I loved this book, loved the descriptions of the small Lancashire town they come from, of London, of hunger, of poverty, of convent education It reminded me of The Bell Jar.In chapter seven, Mantel writes about th [...]

    28. Lynnett said to me, How very short your hair is But it shows off your beautiful eyes I could see that Julianne had also fallen in love I think women carry this faculty into later life the faculty for love, I mean Men will never understand it till they stop confusing love with sex, which will be never Even today, there are ten or twenty women I love for a turn of phrase or wrist, for a bruised looking ankle where the veins have blossomed out, for a squeeze of the hand or for a voice on the end of [...]

    29. I read this book after reading the Booker prize behemouth Wolf Hall, which I loved This is set predominately in 1960s London at a girls college It s wonderful and complicated and nuanced and slow like Wolf Hall, An Experiment in Love took me time to read than its pages fully accounted for It s a coming of age novel, but not a trite one There are very dark angles that Mantel utilizes but never fully shines her light on Which leaves the reader wondering Was that fucked up Or REALLY fucked up and [...]

    30. Spot on writing about young women in college in the 60s, away from home for the first time , pushed by parents who scrimped and saved so they could go to school and land a better life somewhere between marriage and being the prime minister of England Young women who have to figure out on their own how to live with birth control, sexual freedom, pregnancy, religion, anorexia, the inability to connect with parents, friendships, hatred, violence, and financial issues including starvation when the s [...]

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