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The Last Life was movingly written; not happy, but deeply affecting. The last third of the book was the best, as the protagonist reflects on what has happened and the personalities and motivations of family members driving the story's action. For me as a young middle-aged adult, the book raised a lot of interesting - sometimes painful, but also hopeful - questions about identity, choice, 'starting fresh,' and many other issues. Sagesse, the narrator, did a beautiful job of communicating the (o The Last Life was movingly written; not happy, but deeply affecting. Claire Messud is a philosophical French writer. The Last Life was both sprawling and fragmented, and if I were more interested in the main character's story it would've been easier to follow. Sagesse is a French teenager.
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A third-century Roman inscription at Timgad, in the south, exhorts: "The hunt, the baths, play and laughter: that's the life for me!" un-drenched and sparkling, dwelt in joy. But across the centuries, their voices-those resonating voices of Augustine and Camus-tell a different truth.
The Last Life (2000). About book: A coming of age story, a French-American girl named Sagese is trying to figure out all that entails being a half American-French girl growing up with French-Algerian heritage in metropolitan France. Dealing with an atypical mother/father and in-house living situation with the father's parents (Sagese's paternal grandparents), we follow as she deals with situations that a 15 year old girl must cope with . Claire Messud's prose is enough to make one gasp, ruminate, grab a dictionary, or all three at once. Her writing is so robust, this book can not be read quickly. It demands a slower pace, all the better to absorb the audacious phrasing. This is the story of Sagasse, told in first person, and her coming of age.
The Last Life is that rare thing, a fast-moving philosophical novel masquerading as a bildungsroman. In her efforts at identity and affection, its heroine is increasingly alive to the subterfuges of narrative, forcing herself to sort through versions of reality. Her grandmother, for instance, relates one myth about her husband, only to have Carol undercut it entirely. The book basically concerns an adolescent girl (named Sagasse LaBasse) growing up in a very troubled family. This is a pretty worn topic. On the positive side, since the family is French-Algerian, the reader learns a lot about French and Algerian history, and a little about Algeria’s two most famous denizens, St. Augustine and Camus.
In the narrowest possible reading, The Last Life appears to be another entry in the well-worn coming-of-age genre, detailing as it does an adolescent girl's awkward, painful transition into adulthood. But told in reflection by the same girl 10 years later, Claire Messud's sprawling, beautifully wrought faux-memoir benefits from a much wiser perspective, exploring how three generations of knotty family history have profoundly shaped a young woman's identity. With graceful, enveloping prose, Messud leads her through the fickle cliques and stop-and-start romances of the average teenager while disturbing pieces of family history gradually come to light. At its core, The Last Life is about the importance of identity-sexual, ethnic, and familial-as a stabilizing force and the psychological scars collected by those who are robbed of its comforts.
Claire Messud was born in the United States in 1966. She was educated at Yale and Cambridge. Библиографические данные. The Last Life: A Novel Harvest reading guide.
The Last Life tells the story of the teenage Sagesse LaBasse and her family, French Algerian emigrants haunted by their history, brought to the brink of destruction by a single reckless act. Observed with a fifteen-year-old’s ruthless regard for truth, it is a novel about secrets and ghosts, love and honour, the stories we tell ourselves and the lies to which we cling. It is a work of stunning emotional power, written in prose of matchless iridescence and grace. Powerful, Gripping, dark at its heart, this is an almost faultless novel’ Evening Standard. Ms Messud has written a large and resonant novel that is as artful as it is affecting’ New York Times. Books by Claire Messud. The Emperor's Children. Ready for your next read?
Book summary: The Last Life. 1999 by claire messud. Sagesse LaBasse, the teenage protagonist of Claire Messud's The Last Life, lives in a fragile world held together by the secrets of its past. Her family owns the Hotel Bellevue, a summer retreat for the well-to-do, set on the cliffs of southern France; the view is back toward Algeria, which her paternal grandparents fled during its struggle for independence from France. The Last Life ultimately concerns itself with questions of fate and self-determination. was it fate? Is our ending inscribed in our beginning - and, if so, in whose beginning?" The "obvious answer," she says, is that we cannot escape our fate, that our choices are illusory.