Juggling Paperback – 6 Jul 1995
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'A brilliant book' Mary Wesley, Daily Mail 'She wraps up all the golden threads with dazzling wit ... Think Measure for Measure here and a touch of The Tempest there ... Trapido's pen drips with sensuousness and sexuality' The Times 'She is simply dynamite' Philip Hensher, Guardian 'A work of enormous charm, highly entertaining and told with a deft touch, which handles serious matters lightly and treats light ones with proper respect' Michael Dibdin, Independent on Sunday --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Barbara Trapido was born and educated in South Africa and came to London in 1963. She now lives in Oxford with her family.
Her first novel, Brother of the More Famous Jack, was awarded a special prize for fiction at the Whitbread Awards in 1982. Her second, Noah's Ark, was published in 1985, and her third, Temples of Delight, was shortlisted for the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award in 1990. This, her fourth, is a sequel to Temples of Delight.
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6 April 2016
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My favourite book of all time is Barbara Trapido " Temples of Delight" which I read twenty-five years ago when I was in my late twenties. When I realized "Juggling" was a sequel to Temples of Delight I reread my favourite book. I loved it every bit as much as all those years ago. It really resonated with my own life at that time. What a disappointment Jugglers was. Alice had turned into an idiot in my opinion, the main story is about her pain in the arse daughter Christina who I really disliked intensely. The coincidences near the end of the story are ridiculous. I loved Alice and Joe in Temples and I wish I had never read this book.
30 April 2000
Juggling mixes family romance, with mix-ups in identity and different 'twinnings' of people! It uses carnivalesque and carnival through its presentation of the Halloween scene as well as Joe's passion for cookery. Juggling is used as a metaphor to describe the action within the book; it spins around, all has relation to one another and is representative of the lively protagonist 'Christina'. The narrative is hilarious with Christina as a child siding with Granny P against her father, Joe. Their arguments from pancakes to clothes are hilarious! Read it!
3 March 2011
I'm not sure I am well read enough to get all the WS allusions but I enjoyed it none the less. What a merry go round of characters, it does take an alert mind to keep up. I am glad to see this book is re issued, mine is the older version from a charity shop, picked up as I loved Brother of the More Famous Jack and want to eventually read everything by Barbara Trapido. Christina and Pamela are a unlikely pair of siblings who meet another unlikely pair of young men, Jago and Peter. All connected by the friendships and passions of their parents - a motley crew who live life on the edge from time to time. Colourful, flamboyant attractive people who capture the imagination if not always the sympathy of the reader. I'm on the side of Granny P who was the most touching of them all. Really though it's all about the language and the writing, tip top prose and plot planning. Just a few too many actor in this 'play' perhaps, but generosity is an attractive virtue and Barbara Trapido is nothing if not lavish with her offerings. This kept me enraptured for days.
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