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Grand days af Frank Moorhouse
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Grand days (original 1993; udgave 1993)

af Frank Moorhouse

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Meet Edith Campbell Berry, the woman all Australian women would like to be. On a train from Paris to Geneva, Edith Campbell Berry meets Major Ambrose Westwood in the dining car, makes his acquaintance over a lunch of six courses, and allows him to kiss her passionately.Their early intimacy binds them together once they reach Geneva and their posts at the newly created League of Nations. There, a heady idealism prevails over Edith and her young colleagues, and nothing seems beyond their grasp, certainly not world peace. The exuberance of the times carries over into Geneva nights: Edith is drawn into a dark and glamorous underworld where, coaxed by Ambrose, she becomes more and more sexually adventurous. Reading Grand Days is a rare experience: it is vivid and wise, full of shocks of recognition and revelation. The final effect of the book is intoxicating and unplaceably original.… (mere)
Medlem:gregandlarry
Titel:Grand days
Forfattere:Frank Moorhouse
Info:London : Picador, 1993.
Samlinger:eBooks, Dit bibliotek, General Library
Vurdering:***1/2
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Grand Days af Frank Moorhouse (1993)

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Great writing marred by a poor plot that goes from the predictable (the ex-British Foreign Office diplomat who likes to dress up in women's clothes) to the implausible (the heroine meets the only straight man in a cross-dressers club who also just happens to be the Ambassador of a govt in exile!!).
Read in Samoa Mar 2003 ( )
  mbmackay | Nov 28, 2015 |
Interesting story and interesting historical background. It was more a series of vignettes. Good descriptions. Strange introspections. ( )
  gregandlarry | Jul 20, 2013 |
Over the pre-Christmas weeks, there was the usual flurry of lists of best reads of 2011. One title appearing highly recommended on several reliable lists was a new Frank Moorhouse – the third in his series on the League of Nations. I bought the the first one (Grand Days) about fifteen years ago; and the second one (Dark Palace) when it was released in 2000. ‘Dark Palace’ won the Miles Franklin that year. There was a huge fuss because, while it is about an Australian, it is not actually set in Australia and that was really pushing the boundaries of the award criteria – and you know how the luvvies work themselves into a state about things like that!

They are HUGE (both over 700 pages) and very earnest seeming from the blurbs - you know, the sort of thing one thinks one should read - eventually. They've both been sitting on Mt TBR awaiting an appropriate moment.

The recommendations - and a sense that I should read at least one ‘worthy’ thing over the break instead of all escapist fantasy and mindless crime thrillers - prompted me to bite the bullet. I selected a larger handbag on Thursday, hefted ‘Grand Days’ into it; and headed off into town for a round of personal wellbeing appointments - the hairdresser, the optometrist etc.

Well, despite its weight, I couldn’t put the bloody thing down. I was so enthralled I didn’t even get grumpy at being kept waiting long past scheduled appointment times.

It is the mid 1920s and a young Australian diplomat, Edith Campbell Berry, arrives in Geneva to take up a role with the newly established League of Nations. Berry leaves home as an impractical idealist and ends up as a somewhat jaded, but still idealistic, international bureaucrat. She has to be one of the most interesting characters I've come across in years - and the world she lives in feels as real as the one I inhabit.

I finished it at 3am on New Years Eve; and promptly searched out the second on Mt TBR. It took sheer willpower not to start it there and then and turn the light off. ( )
1 stem Jawin | Jan 3, 2012 |
My memory is that it was overly long with not a lot actually happening ( )
  devilish2 | Jan 21, 2011 |
Pretty slow. Couldn'r relate very well to the character. Will read Dark Places but I probably won't bother with more Frank Morehouse after that. ( )
  MarkKeeffe | Apr 1, 2009 |
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Meet Edith Campbell Berry, the woman all Australian women would like to be. On a train from Paris to Geneva, Edith Campbell Berry meets Major Ambrose Westwood in the dining car, makes his acquaintance over a lunch of six courses, and allows him to kiss her passionately.Their early intimacy binds them together once they reach Geneva and their posts at the newly created League of Nations. There, a heady idealism prevails over Edith and her young colleagues, and nothing seems beyond their grasp, certainly not world peace. The exuberance of the times carries over into Geneva nights: Edith is drawn into a dark and glamorous underworld where, coaxed by Ambrose, she becomes more and more sexually adventurous. Reading Grand Days is a rare experience: it is vivid and wise, full of shocks of recognition and revelation. The final effect of the book is intoxicating and unplaceably original.

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