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by Diana Athill

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ISBN:
0241123569
Author:
Diana Athill
Category:
Specialties
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hamish Hamilton Ltd (November 5, 1987)
Pages:
168 pages
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1887 kb
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After a funeral: a memoir, Diana Athill. Beginning and End 1. ONE EVENING IN the summer of 1963 I ran downstairs to answer the door with special pleasure

After a funeral: a memoir, Diana Athill. ONE EVENING IN the summer of 1963 I ran downstairs to answer the door with special pleasure. The dinner party was supposed to be for an American couple passing through London, but privately I was looking forward to it because of someone else: a man whom I had never met. He had turned up unexpectedly, and when he telephoned I thought ‘Lucky I’m giving a party-it’s something I can ask him to naturally, without seeming to make too much of our first meeting. I wanted to meet him because I loved a book he had written.

I appreciated that Diana was saintly enough to assist a needy person even though she had an underlying attraction to the much younger writer that probably grew into convenience and friendship after her partner Luke had been away on business. Other times I felt slightly irritated by her passivity and compliance as it was maddening letting Didi rage or take advantage of her and her home.

After A Funeral book. After a Funeral explores the years of their friendship; a period that culminated in When Diana Athill met the man she calls Didi, she fell in love instantly and out of love just as fast. Didi’s quirks, which at first appeared so charming and sweet, soon revealed a darker side-he was a gambler, a drinker, and a womanizer, impossible to live with but impossible to ignore. After a Funeral explores the years of their friendship; a period that culminated in Didi’s suicide (in Athill’s apartment).

After a Funeral, Somewhere Towards the En.

After a Funeral, Somewhere Towards the End. Notable awards. OBE, PEN/Ackerley Prize, Costa Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award. 4 Selected bibliography.

Diana Athill was born in 1917. In January 2009, she won the Costa Biography Award for Somewhere Towards the End, and was presented with an OBE.

After a Funeral explores the years of their friendship; a period that culminated in Didi s suicide (in Athill s apartment). This bravura work gives a new dimension to honesty, a new comprehension to love (Vogue). Norton & Company, Incorporated, w. w. ISBN-10.

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After a Funeral explores the years of their friendship; a period that culminated in Didi's suicide (in Athill's apartment). Diana Athill charmed readers with her prize-winning memoir Somewhere Towards the End, which transformed her into an unexpected literary star

After a Funeral explores the years of their friendship; a period that culminated in Didi's suicide (in Athill's apartment). This bravura work "gives a new dimension to honesty, a new comprehension to love" (Vogue). Diana Athill charmed readers with her prize-winning memoir Somewhere Towards the End, which transformed her into an unexpected literary star. Now, on the eve of her ninety-eighth birthday, Athill has written a sequel every bit as unsentimental, candid, and beguiling as her most beloved work.

After a Funeral by Diana Athill (Paperback, 2012). DIANA ATHILL was born in 1917.

This is the story of how and why a talented writer came to kill himself. When Diana Athill met the man she calls Didi, an Egyptian in exile, she fell in love instantly and out of love just as fast. But Didi's sweetness and intelligence soon revealed a darker side - he was a gambler, a drinker and a womanizer, impossible to live with but impossible to ignore.

Recounts the story of the author's involvement with Didi, an Egyptian exile in London who lured her into a state of infatuation and eventually tortured her with his irreversible drive to suicide
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Athill is always a great read.
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This is the true story of the relationship between a middle-aged English publisher (Athill herself) and a young Egyptian writer. Its narrative concerns the disintegration of the writer's state of mind and, with it, of his relationship with Athill; it ends with the writer's suicide. As has been remarked about Athill's other books, this account is remarkable for its honesty. Athill is an unusually aware and articulate woman in whom the faculties of imaginative sympathy and of dispassionate appraisal are both extraordinarily strong as well as more or less equivalent (these gifts have presumably contributed towards her successful career as a publisher). I read the book as a 'debate' between two ways of existing: on the one hand the egocentric, relentless, consuming passion of the young writer; Athill's moderate, self-restraining but not unemotional rationality on the other. It is an important debate and has made for great writing before (Hamlet versus Horatio?) - partly because it is so complex: both ways of living overlap with each other and also in some way depend upon each other for definition. Each way of living, too, has something the other cannot have (abandoned emotion's intensity; rationality's ability to survive). In its own very modest way, then, this book felt to me like a classic account of life at its most real.