My Nine Lives: Chapters of a Possible Past

My Nine Lives Chapters of a Possible Past For her first novel in than nine years Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has written a most unusual book in a career of distinctive and unique accomplishments My Nine Lives is Chapters of a Possible Past as the

  • Title: My Nine Lives: Chapters of a Possible Past
  • Author: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • ISBN: 9781593760694
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • For her first novel in than nine years, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has written a most unusual book in a career of distinctive and unique accomplishments My Nine Lives is Chapters of a Possible Past , as the subtitle declares It is, as the author has commented, a book filled with invented memories Nine vignettes are linked to portray a rich life filled with searching,For her first novel in than nine years, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has written a most unusual book in a career of distinctive and unique accomplishments My Nine Lives is Chapters of a Possible Past , as the subtitle declares It is, as the author has commented, a book filled with invented memories Nine vignettes are linked to portray a rich life filled with searching, from London to Delhi, from Hollywood to New York Each chapter gathers a different cast of characters, some new and some vaguely familiar, and the linked assembly is as exciting and illuminating as an artist s first show at a Soho gallery or a new play at the Studio Theater.After seventeen books, now in her 77th year, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala takes herself on as a subject, and the life she may have or may have wished to live My Nine Lives is a moving and intriguing book of invention and memory.

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    1. Nine short stories, each with fairly depressing themes, set across India, America and England. They are fiction, but apparently contain autobiographical threads.They varied in enjoyment for me - some were 1 star, and I skimmed the last few pages of them, others I enjoyed much more (maybe 4 stars for one, 3 for others), but ultimately I didn't find them gripping or un-put-downable.I probably favoured the India based stories, but that is typical of my reading interests over the UK or USA.Overall i [...]

    2. Can you write about your own life without dragging all your people into it? Perhaps that was Jhabvala's motivatione had the same character saying "I" but all the names were different and even the family constellations changed. It was fascinating to find the similarities, though, and think that this must have been her life: certain character traits were continued and echoed from one set of parents to anotherere was often a brother. The reader wasn't sure it was all about Jhabvala, but whatever it [...]

    3. I will admit I only read the first three stories. The stories generally seemed to revolve around the same kind of woman; of Eastern European descent, having a melancholy existence, living on the remaining wealth of her immgrant father, with no direction or purpose. Perhaps it is the same women we're reading about but in parallel universesor not. Reading the first three stories confirmed for me I did not care about a single person in any of the them. With six more to go I decided to cut my losses [...]

    4. I loved this book. It is variations on a theme that reminded me of the explorations of the sixties when people were trying to reinvent the family. The writer moves through the stories somewhat immune, which offered comfort, since safety nets were missing. Her writing seems effortless, her dialog natural. I want to read more of her.

    5. I haven't read Ruth Prawer Jhabvala for over 20 years, but I used to be a huge fan. This was as beautifully written as her novels, and it was interesting to find the common threads in the stories as perhaps these are the author's true biography. All of the stories were dark, especially in the seeming powerlessness of so many of the female characters.

    6. This book is all about dysfunctional family dynamics. Written from the first person POV, there isn't really any hook that grabs at you. I abandoned it after the first two stories which seemed similar to each other.

    7. Well-written but extremely depressing book. The concept is of having nine possible lives but each ends in a very unsuccessful and sad way.

    8. Touches on themes of person and place-- who you are really is defined by where you are. Thematically discusses immigration in various lights-- immigrants who never assimilate versus those who do.

    9. I enjoyed the writing but I should have read read something else by this author. Each story is interesting, but I prefer novels which explorer lives as they are intwined. Each of these"lives" was too separate even though the author describes them as "chapters of a possible past. " The stories take place in both the U.S. and India.

    10. Some of the earlier stories seem very dry and difficult to finish. I did enjoy "Springlake" as well as the last 3 stories.ough the narrative voice is still often very clinical and distant, the material within those later pieces was more interesting to me.

    11. interesting short stories of another world. it was like a journey to me. different style, but I enjoyed reading it.

    12. Fascinating way to write an "autobiography" (in fiction). I love the way stories resonate with each other. First and last stories make an astounding circle. Brilliant. Moving. Provocative.

    13. Her glimpses of India drew me into this book, which I thoroughly enjoyed until the stories left India and reconvened in the southern united states.

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