The Cast Iron Shore Paperback – 18 Jun 1998
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* Virago are reissuing this wonderful first novel by Man Booker-shortlisted author Linda Grant --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Remarkable prize-winning tale of fashion and communism
Sybil Ross has been brought up by her Jewish furrier father and style-obsessed mother as an empty-headed fashion plate. Only on the worst night of Liverpool's Blitz does she uncover a secret that leaves her disoriented, belonging nowhere. When the war is over, Sybil embarks on a voyage that takes her from Liverpool to New York City, through fashion, jazz, Communism, McCarthyism and love, and ultimately to the furthest coast of the continent and a final choice. The Cast Iron Shore is a beautiful evocation of one woman's journey from the 1930s to the 1990s, combining the personal and political in an outstanding first novel. Winner of the David Higham Award, shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. "In Sibyl Ross, Grant has given us a female protagonist to match the end of the twentieth century" Lisa Jardine; "A remarkable chronicle of the second half of the twentieth century...Grant offers us big ideas and a clever plot, along with some truly fine writing" Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I do think a comparison with Philip Roth is valid. There is a similar sense of an exploration of the political and historical, through the development of a personal narrative which acts as a trigger for personal development.
I cant recommend this, (which first intrigued me because the heroine's father, like my own, was a furrier) and When I Lived in Modern Times, highly enough.
However a good read, though rather long. Glad I have done it but she gets better as a writer as she writes more...
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The Cast Iron Shore is a great book, but there again I love anything by Linda Grant and can't wait for her new book next year.Published on 9 Sept. 2010 by Eva
I chose this book for our book club which meets in South Liverpool firstly because of the title The Cast Iron Shore and the second because Linda Grant was a Liverpool author. Read morePublished on 10 April 2009 by A Liverpool Reader
There is nothing guaranteed to make you question your sanity more than a mediocre novel whose dustjacket is strewn with gushing superlatives, but this is one of those experiences. Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2007 by SW One