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Remembering Light and Stone

Remembering Light and Stone [Kindle Edition]

Deirdre Madden
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Remembering Light and Stone is a moving study of a young woman coming to terms with herself in a changing world.

'Not only is Madden's book a joy to read: it is also a portrait of personal fulfilment, and a telling snapshot of our age.' The Times

'One of the most original and disturbing writers since Jean Rhys.' Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Deirdre Madden is from Toomebridge, Co. Antrim. Her novels include The Birds of Innocent Wood, Nothing Is Black, One by One in the Darkness, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and Authenticity. Her most recent novel, Molly Fox's Birthday, was also shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She teaches at Trinity College, Dublin, and is a member of the Irish Arts Academy, Aosdána.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction; 1st edition (18 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009YK7S02
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,091 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books 22 Dec 2004
By A Customer
I first read this book when I was travelling about 8 years ago and have returned to it 3 or 4 times since then. I found it so easy to identify with Aisling, a young Irish woman, who goes to live in a small village in Umbria in Italy. She is desperate to get away from Ireland, from the death of her parents and finds Italian village life to be very soothing. The book is so well written and easy to read. You can't help identifying with Aisling as she tries to figure out who she is in a strange country. And her musings about her relationships with men are so true-to-life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Honest View of Life and Italy 22 Nov 2011
By Kate Hopkins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Most writers dealing with Italy tend to glamorize it, painting an image of a country that is all lovely pasta and icecream, sunshine and roguish Italian men. Thank Heavens then for Deirdre Madden, a wonderfully unsentimental writer who, in this short novel, brings out both Italy's beauty but also its darker sides. 'Remembering Light and Stone' is the story of Aisling, a young Irish woman who has left her native country after an unhappy childhood and reclusive adolescence to seek a new life in the South - after a period in Paris and an unhappy romance she ends up in a small Umbrian town, where she lodges in a flat owned by the proprietor of the local delicatessen, teaches English and works as a translator in a factory. Aisling is 'in psychic retreat', trying to hide from the world, but gradually her love affair with Ted, a young American teacher, persuades her that she must both open herself to new experiences and confront her past.

This is a beautifully written book. Madden is perceptive about Italian small-town society: the snobbishness of the town-dwellers about the nearby 'contadini' or farm workers, the social hierachy even in a small town, the gossip but, on the bright side, the joie de vivre of some of the people Aisling encounters (such as Franca, her landlady; at least until later in the book). She writes movingly of Aisling's periods of depression; for anyone who's suffered black moods and melancholy, reading about Aisling will convince them they're not alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written, Intense and Moving 3 Jan 2013
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Deirdre Madden's main protagonist in 'Remembering Light and Stone' is a young Irish woman, Aisling, who has been living in Italy for some years, after having left her homeland, where she had an unhappy childhood and a difficult relationship with her brother, Jimmy. After time spent in Paris, where she mistakenly thought she had found true love, only to have her heart broken, Aisling leaves her Paris life behind and arrives in S.Giorgio, a small town in Umbria, where she rents an apartment above a delicatessen owned by Franca and Davide, who also live on the premises. Initially Aisling struggles to make ends meet, earning small amounts of money teaching English, but when one of her pupils, the wife of a local factory owner, suggests Aisling works for her husband as a translator, Aisling jumps at the chance to earn some much needed additional cash and is relieved when the job at the factory becomes permanent, providing her with a regular income. Aisling appears to settle down in S.Giorgio; she (initially reluctantly) responds to the friendly overtures made to her from Franca and Davide but, where possible, she keeps herself very much to herself, and she prefers it that way, for Aisling suffers from periods of black depression which she feels no one can help her with. However, when she meets Ted, a visiting American teacher of art history working in a college in Florence, she finds herself responding to him in a way that surprises her. As she grows closer to Ted and reveals to him some of her dark thoughts and imaginings, Aisling finds herself confronting issues from her past that she has previously found too painful to deal with; but also, more importantly, she comes to the belated realisation that no amount of running away will enable a person to escape their problems. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her memories become yours 14 Jun 2000
By Stacey M Jones - Published on
This spare volume is effectively hypnotic, bringing the reader into the world of the narrator and including him or her in her darknesses and her hesitant acceptances of small happinesses. We wonder what it is that has hurt her, but there is nothing cheap or conveniently resolvable about this book, which deepens its impact and makes it seem that much more real.
The narrator writes of her life in Italy, while remembering her past with an aloof distance. She has what could be rich relationships with a neighborwoman and her family and with an American she meets abroad. But there is a reason she is living away from home (in Ireland), and the light and stone of the title come to embody her memories.
It's a brilliant work and highly recommended.
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