The Dark Flood Rises

The Dark Flood Rises Fran may be old but she s not going without a fight So she dyes her hair enjoys every glass of red wine drives around the country for her job with a housing charity and lives in an insalubrious towe

  • Title: The Dark Flood Rises
  • Author: Margaret Drabble
  • ISBN: 9781782118305
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fran may be old but she s not going without a fight So she dyes her hair, enjoys every glass of red wine, drives around the country for her job with a housing charity and lives in an insalubrious tower block that her loved ones disapprove of And as each of them her pampered ex Claude, old friend Jo, flamboyant son Christopher and earnest daughter Poppet seeks happineFran may be old but she s not going without a fight So she dyes her hair, enjoys every glass of red wine, drives around the country for her job with a housing charity and lives in an insalubrious tower block that her loved ones disapprove of And as each of them her pampered ex Claude, old friend Jo, flamboyant son Christopher and earnest daughter Poppet seeks happiness in their own way, what will the last reckoning be Will they be waving or drowning when the end comes By turns joyous and profound, darkly sardonic and moving, The Dark Flood Rises questions what makes a good life, and a good death This triumphant, bravura novel takes in love, death, sun drenched islands, poetry, Maria Callas, tidal waves, surprise endings and new beginnings.

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    1. This is a novel that is a meditation and rumination on death and dying. However, this is not dark nor depressing. In true Drabble style, it has a low key, clinical and dispassionate feel with a gentle wit. This is not a book driven by action or plot, it feels more like a meander through the lives of a family and friends. Francesca Stubbs is in her seventies, and working for an elder care charity. She is enjoying her conference in the Midlands on the elderly and the issues that surround them. She [...]

    2. By God, this lady is GOOD! Tag me as a middle aged fan girl of this wry, clever, and hugely talented 77 year old writer! Ive got to get my hands on her other works.The Dark Flood ripples around a central character named Fran, a woman who travels around the country (England) inspecting, appraising, and innovating on care homes for the aging. She is the oldest of her colleagues, but has more energy than most of them and is a well respected speaker at the various conferences she attends. In her tra [...]

    3. This is a complex tapestry that combines a thoughtful meditation on ageing, coping strategies and the effects of our ageing population on society with a family story and various floods both literal and metaphorical. There are no chapters or sections, but the focus shifts between the various protagonists in a way that is cleverly plotted and makes many intriguing connections, perhaps with slightly too many convenient coincidences.At the start of the book we meet Fran, twice married and recently w [...]

    4. When we first meet Fran, the main character of this book, she's pondering her life-long fascination with famous people's last words, though interestingly enough, she suspects her own last words will be quite banal, some version of 'You fucking idiot!' as her car hits a tree. Unlikely as it may seem, Fran, at seventy-something, already too old to die young, is still careering madly up and down the motorways of Britain in her role as an inspector of housing schemes for the elderly, and as she swit [...]

    5. It has been years since I read a book by Margaret Drabble and I am not sure why I stopped because she writes so beautifully. The Dark Flood Rises is a book about death and dying which seems a little macabre but in the hands of this author it becomes mostly just a gentle trip down memory lane.Drabble is a very well educated woman and her literary knowledge is everywhere in this story and I like that! I usually find my vocabulary holds up to most books but I had to look up a couple of words in thi [...]

    6. How could I have forgotten Margaret Drabble? I have not read her for a long time, which is remarkable because she was one of my favorite authors decades ago. I used to read all her novels immediately upon publication and the older ones collected in a great pile. I now read her last one, The Dark Flood Rises, because I saw it beckoning me and thought I should read her again. I was not prepared for the fact that the novel would shake me to the core, but then I remembered she did that quite a lot w [...]

    7. "Untimely death is intermittently on Fran's mind, alongside housing for the refusing-to-die elderly and her more-or-less bedridden ex-husband's dinners."Margaret Drabble's new novel, her 20th, takes as its subject, ageing, particularly the practicalities of old-age living, and death, with Simone de Beauvoir's La Vieillesse (The Coming of Age) a key touch point.The main character, Francesca Stubbs, works for a housing charity, and drives herself (at times a tad recklessly) around the country visi [...]

    8. Why I did not finish: I only gave it 50 pages but those 50 were a struggle. There are no chapters so I felt trapped by the narrator, picture Maggie Smith looking at you sternly every time you try to leave. I tried to be polite and to stay but I slipped under the table and ran out the back door. The narrator, Fran, is an older woman with a cold inner dialogue. I didn't enjoy her perspective and felt judged, as did everyone else in her life, I imagine. While her character is not one more of the do [...]

    9. Margaret Drabble has written a novel about aging and death, which for American readers should make it as popular as a colostomy bag. That’s a pity because Drabble, 77, is as clear-eyed and witty a guide to the undiscovered country as you’ll find.The ominous title of her new book, “The Dark Flood Rises ,” comes from a poem by D.H. Lawrence that you mustn’t post on the community bulletin board at Grandma’s retirement home. Among its menacing stanzas is this bit of advice:Have you built [...]

    10. (3.5) The “dark flood” is D.H. Lawrence’s metaphor for death, and here it corresponds to busy seventy-something Fran’s obsession with last words, obituaries and the search for the good death as many of her friends and acquaintances succumb – but also to literal flooding in the west of England and (dubious, this) to mass immigration of Asians and Africans into Europe. This is my favorite of the five Drabble books that I’ve read – it’s closest in style and tone to her sister A.S. B [...]

    11. Long overdue for a review on this. Will be brief rather than let it go unreviewed. Margaret Drabble is the best. Wait, was that not enough? Ok, this meditation on aging and mortality (our own, our climate's, our mores', those of yesteryear) is exquisitely written and bitingly heartwrenchingly perceptive. This book spoke to me, on the cusp of 50, with the same immediacy and power as did Drabble's Gates of Ivory trilogy when she, and I, were both a few decades younger. Be forewarned- this book has [...]

    12. 'The Dark Flood Rises' by Margaret Drabble4 stars/ 8 out of 10Margaret Drabble's novels formed the backdrop to my teen and university years, then to my adult family life, and, in her latest novel 'The Dark Flood Rises', she approaches issues relating to ageing.The book consists of the interlocking histories of several characters (many of whom are elderly) and some of their friends and relatives. As the book progresses, Drabble subtly reveals more and more information about each character.Fortuit [...]

    13. Francesca Stubbs is on her way to a conference on sheltered housing for the elderly, a subject pertinent to her train of thought. Fran is something of an expert in the field, and is employed by a charitable trust which devotes generous research funds to examining and improving the living arrangements of the elderlyFrancesca is the central character of this novel which is very explicitly about ageing, in the first page we learn that: Fran herself is already too old to die young, and too old to av [...]

    14. After completing this clear-eyed novelistic meditation on the inevitability of death, I can't help but think that Drabble knows this will be her last work. The central character, or linchpin, of this fairly sombre novel is Francesca Stubbs. In her seventies, she continues to work, driving about England to inspect old-age/retirement/care facilities for a charity. She maintains contact with a number of friends. She cooks and drops off meals for her ex-husband, former surgeon and continuing lecher, [...]

    15. Yet another in the long list of abandoned fiction books this year, and for pretty much the same reason as all the rest - this fashion for plotless musings simply isn't for me. As usual, my 1-star rating reflects my personal reaction to the book rather than a quality judgement. I'm quite sure this will work better for other people. It's well enough written and has some mildly wicked humour, but is deeply pretentious in parts and, while it's quite insightful about the ageing process, for me, that' [...]

    16. Margaret Drabble's novels need to be savored. Not swallowed and devoured, or rushed through in search for action and new events. Here, time flows in a different pace. They ‘taste’ best, when sentences are carefully considered, chewed slowly, to extract all the juices, aromas and flavours. She paints her pictures thoughtfully, her characters don’t rush, and the story instead of rushing forward, meanders slowly through places, characters and time. I used to love those novels, many years ago, [...]

    17. 4 1/2 would be nearer. I loved this book for so many reasons. The contemporary time frame, the contemporary age groups, and so often 'taking the words right out of my mouth'. This happened to me, yesterday, before I had read the almost same sentence. " I was worried that having been so 'flat' for weeks , that this was my next downward level " I also thought the fading ending very apt. The conceit of the "English"/ "England" surname, sort of makes sense.Perhaps mostly relevant and enjoyable to 70 [...]

    18. I had the hardest time remembering the title of this book - which was (1) embarrassing, because I kept wanting to discuss it with people as I was reading it, and (2) appropriate, because the book mainly concerns itself with the inevitable hazards and decrepitude of ageing. Memory loss, the inability to pin down the words that one wants . . . oh dear.Actually, the title has a lot of resonance: firstly, it refers to some lines from 'The Ship of Death' by D.H. Lawrence. 'Piecemeal the body dies, an [...]

    19. Un libro che riflette sulla vecchiaia, il tempo scaduto, la fine dei giorni e lo fa attraverso diversi (troppi) personaggi, tutti molto british. Al centro troviamo Fran, caparbiamente vitale, che visita case di riposo per lavoro (con annesse e connesse svariate comparse) ; l’ex marito Cristopher, invece, è invalido e ha deciso di farsi accudire sia dalla ex moglie che gli cucina manicaretti, sia da una procace badante nera che lo erotizza quanto basta (ma dai); le amiche storiche Jo e Teresa [...]

    20. DNF @ 50%Moments of great insight into ageing and death, but from a narrowly focused upper middle class perspective. I persevered to halfway but found it quite a joyless experience, all told.

    21. The travails of old age; the ever present awareness of diminishing life expectancy and of mortality, is not subject matter that is likely to lead to an uplifting read.That's not to say that such realities cannot be written about in perceptive, moving, thought provoking ways.I'm just not certain that Margaret Drabble managed to convey the necessary, reflective, insight called for. There are three primary stories told (Fran; Bennett/Ivor; Pauline) set in the Canary Isles and South/ Midlands Englan [...]

    22. This is not an easy book to read, because there is a cast of about 100 characters (really!), most of them of little interest or rounded. I wanted to read it because of the subject (ageing) and the author, and asked Rae for it for Christmas, but I’d forgotten that it’s AS Byatt I really like, and not her sister Margaret Drabble. An unkind reviewer ould say that Drabble is losing it and has started to ramble in her seventies, as much of the novel is made up of numerous short bursts of streams [...]

    23. What a joy to read this latest book by one of my favorite authors. As with her other books, Drabble creates a universe populated with numerous characters who all share a long backstory and mutual history. Her writing is so complex, so dense, her characters so well conceived, it requires a reader's attention, and the rewards are many. And as with many of her other books, there is a personal connection, an observation of the present condition. Here, Dame Drabble, herself 77 years old, looks at the [...]

    24. Not spelling binding or a passionate page turner. Rather, a low key, multi-faceted meditation on growing old and on facing illness and death.

    25. Not sure about this one. Ultimately I ended up enjoying the book, or maybe. finishing the book and pleased I persevered with it. Initially the writing was in my opinion messy and hard to follow. Didn't warm to many of the characters and found quite of few of the references needlessly pretentious and tiresome. Of the 20 books she has published I don't think this was one of Drabble's finest.

    26. 3.5 stars. I have wanted to read one of Margaret Drabble’s books for some time now so why not start with a recent release The Dark Flood Rises. The main character Francesca Stubbs is in her early 70s, still working as a consultant on aged care residences. She ruminates about her life, death and dying, her children Christopher and Poppet, her best friend Josephine, her ex-husband Claude who is slowly dying and to whom she regularly brings plated meals and a childhood friend Teresa who Francesca [...]

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