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Posted by the editors on Monday, 14 November 2011

Quartet (1928)(Novel) by Jean Rhys (Voyage in the Dark (1934), Good Morning, Midnight (1939), Wide Sargasso Sea (1966))   This slim volume, Rhys’s first novel, though written in 1928, is, despite its linear narrative structure, extraordinarily modern, in its style, its writing, its attitude toward women, and their relationships with other women, and, of course, men and the world at large.  Set in the distinctly bohemian Paris of the 1920s, though the Paris of today is most certainly recognisable, Quartet, originally titled “Purposes”, a sad and rather sordid story of desolation, degradation and depression, follows a young woman’s seemingly compulsive self-destruction amid the facades, questionable ethics  and cruelty of the expatriate community of artists, gallerists, criminals and others, from café to café, bistrot to bistrot in a wonderfully evocative, highly personal search, full of despair, for something better in life; perhaps love, or at least, some sense of security. (PR)

See our post on Jean Rhys’s novel Wide Sargasso Sea..

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Nota: Don’t confuse Rhys’s excellent novel Quartet with the film of the same name by Merchant/Ivory, which, though loosely based on Rhys’s novel, is an altogether different sort of thing…

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The Golden Bowl

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Golden Bowl (2000)(DVD) Directed by James Ivory (and produced by Ismail Merchant), starring Kate BeckinsaleNick NolteUma ThurmanJeremy Northam and Anjelica Huston; choreography by Karole Armitage.    Based on the Henry James novel The Golden Bowl, Merchant/Ivory’s The Golden Bowl, is a richly sumptuous film and one senses the possibilities of the unspoken feelings, so important in the work of Henry James.  Alas, for those who appreciate James’ sensitivity and poise, the film’s dialogue seems flat, and often the actors, especially Uma Thurman, who lacks the the subtlety necessary for her role, seem to be simply reading their lines.  Even the choreography, by the great Karole Armitage, though only a brief interlude, seems disappointingly stagey, though the music throughout the film is really quite good. (PR)

Other films by Merchant/Ivory, offer much more: Howards End (1992), The Remains of the Day (1993)

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