Life Love & the Archers (Anglais)
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Revue de presse
thought-provoking and inspiring (Independent on Sunday - Books of the Year 2014)
delightful... Behind her fluid style and droll wit emerges a woman who was in analysis five times a week for ten years, and who wondered what she was doing wrong when she read about single women enjoying their freedom with the company of supportive friends. A marvellously honest and entertaining compilation of her wonderful writing. (Daily Mail (Must Reads))
entertaining and moving, with appeal far beyond stalwart Cope fans... Life, Love and The Archers begins poignantly with hints of humour ... with the final section prompting several mortifying laugh-out-loud-on-public-transport incidents (Independent on Sunday)
This anthology of prose from Britain's best-loved poet is wonderful, wistful and has some wisecracking one-liners (Tatler)
This collection of her prose reveals a more serious Wendy Cope... What holds the book together is an unflinching honesty - about her depression, her finances, her love life. And, most of all, about poetry... Cope's truth-telling about her own life may disturb some admirers, but the occasional bleakness is warmed and illuminated by shafts of comic sunlight... Is it any wonder that so many of us love her? (Francis Wheen Mail on Sunday)
A wonderful mix of poet Wendy Cope's prose, uncovered from the archives of The British Library. Find hidden gems such as extracts from an abandoned memoir and unpublished essays Billy Graham, smoking addiction and more. The book also comprises published prose, including a hilarious collection of TV reviews written for the Spectator in the 80s. Perfect to dip into over the holidays. (Mumsnet)
In the end, as she says ruefully, "What will survive of us will be quoted out of context." But at least Wendy Cope will be quoted with delight (The Times)
a sort of autobiography in fragments. She is as uncompromising here in her insistence on telling the truth; the honesty about her love life that marks her poetry finds a corresponding honesty about the practical business of life... It is remarkable how much Cope writes, often to comic effect, about time-killing pursuits which free us of anxiety - darts, sudoku, comfort eating, even, as the book's title suggests, listening to the Archers. (Times Literary Supplement)
Her writing is always witty and insightful (Good Housekeeping - Best non-fiction book of the month, December 2014) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché.
Présentation de l'éditeur
Wendy Cope has long been one of the nation's best-loved poets, with her sharp eye for human foibles and wry sense of humour. For the first time, Life, Love and the Archers brings together the best of her prose - recollections, reviews and essays from the light-hearted to the serious, taken from a lifetime of published and unpublished work, and all with Cope's lightness of touch.
Here readers can meet the Enid-Blyton-obsessed schoolgirl, the ambivalent daughter, the amused teacher, the sensitive journalist, the cynical romantic and the sardonic television critic, as well as touching on books and writers who have informed a lifetime of reading and writing.
Wendy Cope is a master of the one-liner as well as the couplet, the telling review as well as the sonnet, and Life, Love and the Archers gives us a wonderfully entertaining and unforgettable portrait of one of England's favourite writers.
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What grabbed me from the start in reading this book was the font. I really was amazed and delighted by the size and kind of print this book was made of: Sabon LT std font. It was perfect. It sent the right signal to this reader. Not only was the book totally going to be readable because of the font, as well it was going to trigger memories of delight in reading children's books and associations of easeful pleasure even in reading certain editions of novels like "Jacob's Room" by Virginia Woolf. My eyes just loved the lettering, the spacing, and the ease with which each essay or story existed to be consumed since, in addition to the beautiful, child-like font, each topic took up any where from 1, 3, 5, 8 or 12 pages and no more.
Wendy Cope lets the reader in on the character and characteristics of her mother, father and grandmother (nana) as well as the dogs the Cope family had. She takes us through her life in boarding school and the piano instruction she received when a young woman. She writes about her first job, her teaching experience in children's classrooms, being single, Freudian psychoanalysis, children's literature, copyrights, as well as poetry.
In this collection of essays, stories and vignettes, Wendy reveals her personal experience living in certain towns and understanding and appreciation for certain poets like Ted Hughes, Anne Sexton, Christina Rosetti, Gavin Ewart, Philip Larkikn, Terry Street, and George Herbert, all of whom are discussed in Wendy Cope's marvellously plain and pithy prose.
She also does not neglects very human topics, too, like dieting, smoking, aging, and television. I loved her loathing for television as well as her addiction to certain (American) programming.
While I thoroughly enjoyed everything this book contains, even a little section of fax communication between herself and her husband, I think by book's end, everything revealed in this book was quite enough on the sujbect of Wendy Cope's personal life. If Wendy Cope would write another book, I would like her to discuss the practice, skill and art of poetry in greater depth than was ever given space here. I closed the book like one would push oneself away from a meal replete with fresh and tender meat, vegetables, starches, wine and good conversation -- full and satisfied. I had had enough -- pleasurably. There was no room for dessert here, not even for a delicious, light poem about "plinky, plunky oriental/avant garde" music. (Inside joke.)
A couple of Wendy Cope's enthusiasms, Winnie the Pooh, and Geoffrey Willans' and Ronald Searle's Nigel Molesworth (Down with Skool!,How to Be Topp, etc.) particularly meet with my own strong approval.
The obvious comparison to make with this book is Philip Larkin's Required Writing. There he collected a miscellany of pieces, written over many years, as introductions, forewords, reviews, public addresses; short essays written for all manner of purposes. Wendy Cope has done much the same, one suspects rather more exhaustively than Larkin (though Larkin did afterwards produce a second volume, Further Requirements) - including for instance a 1991 letter she wrote to the Editor of The London Times (about the 'Price of Poetry'), three paragraphs for the 1993 Faber Book Catalogue, and some frankly unremarkable faxes sent to her partner (now husband) when she was away teaching for a spell in Boulder, Colorado (1999). She freely confesses to having sold her archive to the British Library (2011) to raise money and, to secure the sale, having included some items she would have rather not. This book reads a bit the same. Yet she continues to withhold her early efforts at poetry, which seems a pity.
The appreciation of Nigel Molesworth apart, many of the most interesting pieces in the book relate to poetry - and indeed the Molesworth piece is not without its reference to young Nigel's perspective on peotry (sic). This book doesn't actually contain much poetry; for that it will be necessary to reference the four already-published volumes, plus those of a number of other poets discussed, including the relatively obscure Carol Remus and Douglas Dunn. She doesn't approve of (the late) Anne Sexton as a person (or either of Sexton's psychotherapists), but finds merit in some of Sexton's poems. Christina Rossetti and George Herbert she has come to appreciate in later life. We discover how as well as why.
Some pieces I will want to read again, perhaps before too long, but Life, Love and The Archers has also sent me back to a number of things I have read before, one of which was the last story in A A Milne's The House at Pooh Corner. I had managed to forget - perhaps because it was so bad - that Eeyore wrote a poem. Pooh's poems were vastly better, and much more memorable. Wendy Cope points out that what made Eeyore's poem so bad was that he had not managed to solve some of the problems every poet faces as their words 'tear and strain to rhyme' (Paul Simon). More kudos for A A Milne, but also for Wendy Cope.