- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Peter Owen; New edition edition (7 Aug. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0720612683
- ISBN-13: 978-0720612684
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ice (Peter Owen Modern Classic) Paperback – 7 Aug 2006
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'There is nothing else like it ... This ice is not psychological ice or metaphysical ice; here the loneliness of childhood has been magicked into a physical reality as hallucinatory as the Ancient Mariner's.' --Doris Lessing
'One of the most mysterious of modern writers, Anna Kavan created a uniquely fascinating, fictional world. Few contemporary novelists could match the intensity of her vision.' --J.G. Ballard
'One of the most terrifying postulations about the end of the world ... One can only admire the strength and courage of this visionary.' --The Times
About the Author
ANNA KAVAN, née Helen Woods, was born in Cannes, probably in 1901; she was evasive about the facts of her life and spent her childhood in Europe, the USA and England. Twice married and divorced, she began writing while living with her first husband in Burma and was published under her married name of Helen Ferguson. In the wake of the collapse of her second marriage, she suffered the first of many nervous breakdowns and was confined to a clinic in Switzerland; she emerged from her incarceration with a new name Anna Kavan, the protagonist of her 1930 novel Let Me Alone an outwardly different persona and a new literary style. Her first novel in this guise was Asylum Piece, and it achieved for her a certain recognition. She was a long-term heroin addict and suffered periodic bouts of mental illness, and these facets of her life feature prominently in her novels and short stories. She died in 1968 of heart failure soon after the publication of her most celebrated work, the novel Ice.
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Completely free of all the usual conventions, reading 'Ice' is rather liberating. There is no need to worry about the plot, about characterisation, about realism. Things just are as they are, and you read in the moment, enjoying the writing as it stands without thinking about what comes before and after. And the writing is good enough to enjoy for its own sake.
Some readers may wish to find allegories or deeper meaning in the story, but I preferred not to. Certainly there would be material for discussion in the book, although Kavan is so carefully vague, avoiding any sort of explanations, that almost any interpretation could be validly argued. I liked the fact that I didn't feel as though I needed to understand or find an underlying 'message' in the work.
Sometimes 'Ice' is confusing, with dream-like sequences that occur without any warning or explanation, and it is often impossible to know if the action being described is 'real time' or has moved seamlessly into fantasy, dream, prophecy or flashback. It can be disconcerting but it works surprisingly well once you accept that it is a feature of the book.
As long as you are prepared for its strangeness, I think 'Ice' is an excellent book to read. Expect to be confused and occasionally lose the thread. Don't expect to find explanations, a set plot, or realistic events. Once you understand the ground rules of 'Ice' (i.e. there are no rules) you can sit back and enjoy the ride.Read more ›
This is a lengthy dream sequence - characters come and go, everything is fluid. The nature of the catastrophe becomes irrelevant - is this about holocaust? Gender? Opiates? Ecology?
Strangely reminds me of Murukami
In basic plot structure and scenario,it is a drama concerning a new ice age,an ecological disaster apparently due to unnatural or man-made forces,and forms the background to a very intense novel.Overall though,there is no particular explanation for the catastrophe,and seems unimportant,but strangely captivating as images of nightmarish scenery.Against this particularly fascinating threat though,is the unfolding chronicle of human flawedness and weird obsession,concerning the otherwise sanguine "Narrator",who is fondly interested in Madagascan Lemurs and their haunting "songs",but is unfortunately offset by his insane quest for a frail and vulnerable,but beautiful and pale girl with silver hair,who he pursues with relentless and uncaring madness.Read more ›