When Penelope Fitzgerald unexpectedly won the Booker Prize with Offshore, in 1979, at the age of sixty-three, she said to her friends: ‘I knew I was an outsider. The people she wrote about in her novels and biographies were outsiders, too: misfits, romantic artists, hopeful failures, misunderstood lovers, orphans and oddities. Innocence is a book about the law of unintended consequence; about bad outcomes of good intentions; about the unexpected power of the guileless; about the pursuit of happiness, and our assumption that happiness might be the natural, indeed deserved, result of love. It is also about the strange manner in which love may arise, the inconvenient ways it may express itself, and its often awkward consequences.
Reading Innocence, or any of Penelope Fitzgerald’s books, I really don’t want to leave her sentences. I linger longer than I normally would before yielding to the irresistible pull of the promised, to see what might happen next. Many works of fiction might wield this power over us, but when the book closes the enchantment might end. Fitzgerald's books I keep on loving
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British novelist Penelope Fitzgerald, winner of the prestigious Booker Prize, offers the readers of INNOCENCE (her sixth novel) a delightful tale of modern Italian life by tracking the activities of the Ridolfi clan, an old, distinguished family surviving mainly on its reputation. Fitzgerald begins with an anecdote about La Ricordanza, the ancestral family home, which was once owned by a sixteenth century Count Ridolfi. Ridolfi, his wife, and their daughter were all midgets, and he arranged his daughter’s world so that she never saw anyone but midgets.
View More by This Author. This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device. A delectable comedy of manners set in 1950s Florence, by the Man Booker Prize–winning author of The Bookshop (The Boston Globe). Now, out of good intentions and the most innocent of instincts, two guileless friends are going to make a series of astonishingly wrong moves in the name of love. From a winner of multiple major literary awards who was called the best English novelist of her time by Julian Barnes, Innocence is a novel not just about Italians in love but of living and loving for all humans (The Times). As intoxicating as a shot of aged brandy.
Read "Innocence" by Penelope Fitzgerald with Rakuten Kobo. Stunning modern new cover reissue of one of Penelope Fitzgerald’s best-loved novels Innocence is set in the 1950s, when. Stunning modern new cover reissue of one of Penelope Fitzgerald’s best-loved novels Innocence is set in the 1950s, when Italy was picking up the pieces after the war. Chiara Ridolfi is the guileless daughter of a decrepit Italian family. Barney is her practical English girlfriend, who can sum up a man, she says, in one firm hand-grip. Rate it . You Rated it .
Fitzgerald's Innocence seems to me to be about real people undergoing real experiences, more real and more interesting than most biographies, and it carries absolute conviction as to time and place. What more could one ask of a novel?' Spectator Books of the Year. weilds a curious fascination, replete with the sense of sleepy, slightly anxious fatalism that pervades much of the Italian cinema of the period. is by far the fullest and richest of Penelope Fitzgerald's novels, and also the most ambitious. Her writing, as ever, has a natural authority, is very funny, warm and gently ironic, and full of tenderness towards human beings and their bravery in living. About Penelope Fitzgerald. Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most elegant and distinctive voices in British fiction.
This article is about the Penelope Fitzgerald novel. For other uses, see Innocence (disambiguation). Innocence Cover to first ion hardbackAuthor Penel. Innocence is a novel by British author Penelope Fitzgerald. Set in Italy, it is a comedy of manners concerning the marriage of the young daughter of an old but impoverished aristocratic family, and a beginning neurologist who has tried to cut himself off from emotion.
Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most elegant and distinctive voices in British fiction. Three of her novels, The Bookshop, The Beginning of Spring and The Gate of Angels have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her last novel, The Blue Flower, was the most admired novel of 1995, chosen no fewer than nineteen times in the press as the ‘Book of the Year’. It won America’s National Book Critics’ Circle Award, and this helped to introduce her to a wider international readership.