Light: With Monet at Giverny: A Novel

Light With Monet at Giverny A Novel This shimmering short novel gives an extraordinary portrait of a day in the life of an artist at work and at home In prose as luminous as the colors Monet used to portray his beloved garden Eva Figes

  • Title: Light: With Monet at Giverny: A Novel
  • Author: Eva Figes
  • ISBN: 9781843680000
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Paperback
  • This shimmering short novel gives an extraordinary portrait of a day in the life of an artist at work and at home In prose as luminous as the colors Monet used to portray his beloved garden, Eva Figes guides us through Giverny We get to know Monet s family including his daughter Germaine who frets that she will not be able to marry the man she loves and his wife who greaThis shimmering short novel gives an extraordinary portrait of a day in the life of an artist at work and at home In prose as luminous as the colors Monet used to portray his beloved garden, Eva Figes guides us through Giverny We get to know Monet s family including his daughter Germaine who frets that she will not be able to marry the man she loves and his wife who greaves for a departed child as well as the family s friend, the abb , who eats and drinks with them, observing the essential faith of the painter s art All of the characters experience, in very different ways, the richness of the light that Monet works unceasingly to pin down in his last great paintings.

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    About “Eva Figes

    • Eva Figes

      Eva Figes born Eva Unger is a German born English author.Figes has written novels, literary criticism, studies of feminism, and vivid memoirs relating to her Berlin childhood and later experiences as a Jewish refugee from Hitler s Germany She arrived in Britain in 1939 with her parents and a younger brother Figes is now a resident of north London and the mother of the academic Orlando Figes and writer Kate Figes.In the 1960s she was associated with an informal group of experimental British writers influenced by Rayner Heppenstall, which included Stefan Themerson, Ann Quin and its informal leader, B S Johnson.Figes s fiction has certain similarities with the writings of Virginia Woolf The 1983 novel, Light, is an impressionistic portrait of a single day in the life of Claude Monet from sunrise to sunset.

    694 thoughts on “Light: With Monet at Giverny: A Novel

    • Moments ofLight and darkSorrow and joyDawn and duskOld and youngDeath and eternityI was struck by the number of contrasts in this story about a day in the life of Monet at Giverny. There is Monet's eager response to the dawn as opposed to that of Alice. Each one in this short novel responds in different ways to the events of the day, hence my mention of sorrow and joy, light and dark, etc. there is also nature versus modern inventions, Monet's assertiveness versus his family's submissiveness and [...]


    • A book of impressionistic psalms to the presence and fading of time through the eyes of an aging Monet. I assumed this would be the totality of the book when I purchased it. Figes had this idea plus others. I gripped my chair through the rapid changing of point of view, the scenery, Monet, the complexity of each moment and each person in his family during one sunny day.Short at 91 pages Figes slips into the rapid weave of her story with a deftness to be admired even as I read, reading slowly to [...]


    • 2.5 StarsThis book didn't do much for me but there some moments of lovely writing - particularly those scenes describing Giverny. The back of this book says it's a novel - it is most definitely not. It's less than 150 pages and anyone who looks at it can tell it's not a novel. It's a day-in-the-life at Giverny with Monet and Company. Overall nothing really happens and is quite dull but I suppose all of our daily lives, if we read them written down, would read quite dull as well. It's a quick rea [...]


    • This book takes place over the course of one day. The author strains to draw pictures with words. It's almost as if she put a series of Monet's paintings in front of her and proceeded to write about them. "Almost square, a total balance between water and sky. In still water all things are still. Cool colours only, blue fading to mist grey, smooth now, things smudging, trees fading into sky, melting water."There was a lot of that. We experience this day - its light, its small trials and large gri [...]


    • In brief summary: It's a series of moments—sense impressions, really—with metaphorical significance. A strong feminist thread runs throughout. Occasionally, it did hit that perfect note. (Monet's wife Alice was written quite well.) But, overall, this fell a bit flat in my opinion. I liked it better the first time I read it when it was called To the Lighthouse. *drops the mic*


    • Parts of this book are utterly stunning. And I loved the understated discourse on gender relations. In the end I think the subject matter just wasn't for me--but damn can Figes write when she wants to. Will be picking up more of her in the future.


    • I really enjoyed reading a novel that replaced "action" with the flowing, tremulous, ever-changing journey of light: across the land around Giverny, across (and reflecting) the lives of the central characters of Claude Monet and his family. The writing was deft and poetic, and I reveled in the dreamy sadness of the novella. Light was a character as well as key element in this work, and this made it an unusual and refreshing reading experience for me.


    • To the credits on the back cover, "A luminous prose poem" and "A small masterpiece" I can only add "An exquisite haiku". This beautiful novella describes one day in the life of Claude Monet, his family and his friends. I have visited Giverney and now, thanks to Eva Figes, I can almost imagine they were there. "Was it yesterday, or a century ago?".



    • This is a quick little novella, just 122 pages, that looks at what a day in the life of artist Claude Monet might have been like. The reader not only sees things from his perspective but also that of his wife, house servants, and extended family members living in the Monet home. The opening scenes bring us into the home just before dawn and take us through sunset, all the while making note of where the light hits throughout the day and what thoughts it inspires in those observing the light. Ther [...]


    • I found Light on the sidewalk and brought it home on the strength of the back cover blurb, a quote from The New York Times Book Review that says the book is "a luminous prose poem of a novel" and also calls it "unhurried" and "richly descriptive." I'd never heard of Figes, and have never been particularly interested in Monet, who is the book's subject (though someone, probably my mom, bought me a copy of Linnea in Monet's Garden when I was a kid and I remember liking it well enough). Maybe my re [...]


    • He felt as though the world he knew was drawing away from him, that he could hold neither shadow nor light, which had changed to something far more mysterious. The remaining sunlight had detached itself from the shadows, and now it clung to the very texture of things, leaf flower grass, had become part of it, even of wood or stone, so that those things which it still lit had become insubstantial, luminous from within. He strolled along the grass verge, saying his habitual goodbye to shrubs and t [...]


    • The flower garden and water lily pond at Monet's home in Giverny are some of my favorite places on earth. I hoped this book would spend the majority of its time describing the grounds and how Monet himself saw it. Unfortunately, too much of the story is about his family and current affairs. I'm sure some people will love this book for its snapshot of the times, but I was just hoping for something different. I will say, this book is a very nice example of Creative Writing.


    • I read this in conjunction with the Humanities class at work. If it is possible it reads like a Monet painting. It is a stream of consciousness novel about a day in the life of Monet at Giverny. The language is stunning. If you close your eyes you can picture his paintings. What a gift to be able to write like that!


    • Beautiful, descriptive writing. The novel is not necessarily meant to be plot-driven. This reminded me of Mrs. Dalloway, being "a day in the life of" Claude Monet and his family. Worth a read if only to experience a great women's lib author's descriptive talents. You will imagine every leaf and petal, every ripple of water and dapple of sunlight, perfectly in the hands of Figes.


    • A curious book to which, for some reason, I keep returning. I've written single-day stories and a 40-hour novel myself, so share with her the difficulties of maintaining a tale in such a compressed time frame. Had a big impact on two chapters of my second book. A recommended read to people who like discovering uncommon novels.


    • Great timing in reading this in NY, seeing Monet paintings at Met and MOMA. It's a fictionalization of Monet's life in later years when he's obsessed with his garden and painting it in the changing light. Told from varying points of view of his extended family members and servants.


    • This little book is poetic art; the words almost melt in your mouth. The author captures the essense of light and its changes at reflected in Monet's paintings. If you can ever find this out-of-print treasure, snap it up and you will be richly rewarded.


    • The only light I could think of while reading Light was the light at the end of the tunnel after wanting to drown myself, both in whiskey and in the bath.





    • Sublime - a masterful portrait of a day in the life of Claude Monet and family at Giverny - it is luminescent!


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