The Radiant Way

The Radiant Way

Book - 2001
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Set in London and in the north of England, beginning in 1979, this grand and sweeping tragicomedy tells the story of three women --psychiatrist Liz Headleand, art historian Esther Breuer, and social worker Alix Bowen. Strong, articulate, witty, and opinionated, they find their personal and professional lives changed by national political events, as they bravely undertake the adventures of middle age. Disconcerting things happen to them --divorce, unsuitable affairs, unemployment, family illnesses and deaths, and even a terrifyingly close brush with a murderer. As the stories of their lives, and the lives of the people around them, unfold in rich detail, Drabble constructs a dazzling, panoramic tale. Large in scope and ambition, The Radiant Way is a brilliant chronicle of modern life from one of the world's most accomplished novelists.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, 2001, c1987
Edition: 1st Emblem Editions ed
ISBN: 9780771028779
Branch Call Number: F DRA NVD
Characteristics: 470 p. ; 22 cm


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Mar 14, 2015

I thought that this was one of Drabble's best novels and found it highly enjoyable - it is the first in a trilogy of novels, including A Natural Curiosity and The Gates of Ivory. This novel was the best of the three of them!
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hermlou Aug 16, 2011

I have enjoyed other books by Drabble, but this one is a clunker. It is the first book of a trilogy and begins at a New Year's Eve party for 200 people given by a wealthy couple. The party is described in infinite detail and some humor, and then we read about the previous lives of three women and their families. I wanted to like the book, but I gave up on page 168, feeling glad that it wasn't required reading for some course. After reading a review, I see that I missed reading about a serial killer and a trip to Cambodia.

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