An Awfully Big Adventure (2020)

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  • Title: An Awfully Big Adventure
  • Author: Beryl Bainbridge
  • ISBN: 9780786701841
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
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  1. Hugh

    Another little gem from the 1990 Booker shortlist Beryl Bainbridge was a perennial Booker bridesmaid she never won the prize, but was shortlisted five times and also longlisted once This is my first experience of her writing, and it left me wanting to read .This is a black comedy set in a provincial theatre in Liverpool shortly after the Second World War The heroine Stella is a young woman living with her aunt and uncle in humble circumstances, whose love of make believe has persuaded them that [...]

  2. ·Karen·

    I sat down and re read this deceptively slim volume this afternoon and evening, as I m going to do it with a class of mine The story would be funny if it weren t so sad Ms Bainbridge brings us a naive and desperately needy young girl who leaves disaster and death in her wake, but in spite of her streak of self centred brashness, she really is not to blame for what has happened Indeed no one quite knows what has happened, least of all her, and each of the characters will put their own interpretat [...]

  3. Sibyl

    The I read Beryl Bainbridge, the I m convinced that she is one of the most brilliant English novelists of the late 20th early 21st century She s utterly original, unafraid to dispense with unneeded novelistic conventions She s like a tightrope walker, who doesn t just edge along the wire, but who positively dances Her prose is uncluttered, her storytelling assured.This novel follows Stella s journey from Innocence to Experience when she joins a theatre company At first the novel seems like a d [...]

  4. Jonathan Pool

    she s at an impressionable age and she s mixing with some very odd people 96 So is Stella Bradshaw described, our sixteen year old innocent making her way in the thespian world.Stella may be naive, but she possesses native cunning, and the necessary ambition to navigate 1950 s Liverpool.Beryl Bainbridge writes about a time in which people s foibles, and bad habits, are the stuff of local legend A youngster needs to get street wise quickly.An Awfully Big Adventure is a novel every bit as sinister [...]

  5. Cleo Bannister

    An Awfully Big Adventure is set in 1950s Liverpool, a landscape still filled with rations and other post war deprivations and the theatre What a mix for this coming of age novel through less than rose tinted glasses It is therefore no surprise that Bainbridge chose to borrow her title from the classic play by J.M Barrie, Peter Pan where Peter has a throw away line To die would be an awfully big adventure With the title borrowed from a story about a boy who doesn t want to grow the protagonist, S [...]

  6. Gumble's Yard

    A slowly written, crafted book full of the pathos of the post war struggles of the middle class the reality of the hard work and tensions of a dramatics company behind the seeming glamour of the production unrequited love almost all the characters in the book are the dislocation of war almost all the male characters refer back to class aspirations Vernon is always struggling to assert himself as a middle class business man, using his supplier of toiletries as a confidant Stella struggles against [...]

  7. Janet

    It took me a while to get into this book I found it to be quite slow at first but it builds gradually and gets much better towards the end What the author does really well is to convey the feel of the time in which it is set I really felt as though I was watching the scenes take place in the austere, post war 1950s that feeling of drabness but also of change.Stella is a na ve and somewhat disturbed individual who is on a voyage of self discovery She thinks she s in love with Meredith but he is i [...]

  8. Jessica

    Part nostalgic backstage drama, part taut coming of age story, Bainbridge packs a great deal into this 200 page novel Stella is 16, being raised by her aunt and uncle in a run down Liverpool boarding house in 1950 Through a connection of her uncle s, Stella obtains a position as a backstage lackey and small role player in a repertory company, where she promptly falls in love with the company s director, Meredith Potter Only Stella, with her mix of 16 year old naivete and no small amount of self [...]

  9. Mark

    An extraordinarily witty, perceptive exploration of a young girl s initiation into the world of adulthood Line by line, this slender novel builds a world that is at once full of possibilities and governed by limitations A black comedy that ultimately persuades the reader to have compassion for the circumscribed lives of its characters and to consider the limitations of one s own life as disguised opportunities for sympathy and gentleness for oneself and others Cogent, sardonic, quick and emotion [...]

  10. Roger Pettit

    This quirky novel is the first by Beryl Bainbridge that I have read It is a model of concise, spare writing Having said that, I should stress that one has to concentrate fully throughout the book s almost 200 pages to grasp the intricacies and the subtleties of the plot and of the characterisation The action takes place in the 1950s in Liverpool and revolves around the activities of a professional repertory theatre company The central character is 16 year old Stella Bradshaw, who lives with her [...]

  11. David Hebblethwaite

    Beryl Bainbridge s work is one of the gaps in my reading history, so I decided to join in with a Bainbridge Reading Week a few months ago But I hope I was just unlucky with the book I chose, because I didn t get along with An Awfully Big Adventure as well as I d hoped to.It s Liverpool in 1950, and young Stella Bradshaw, who lives with her aunt and uncle, dreams of a life in the theatre, something that s not typical of girls with her background People like us don t go to plays, says Aunt Lily, l [...]

  12. Jennifer

    3.5 stars very torn Dry wit, dark humor, sparse writing, twisted storyline that goes down smooth with a kick at the end It s been a long time since I read Bainbridge and this was a good reminder of how she can be entertaining and disturbing all at the same time Young Stella joins the somewhat seedy local theater group and falls in love with the director the self centered and apathetic Meredith Stella is so unworldly that she has no idea that he is gay her efforts to practice sex and make him jea [...]

  13. Leah Darrow

    I had heard a lot of good things about Beryl Bainbridge, and I wasn t disappointed by the quality of her prose it s sparse, intelligent, insightful, and extremely unique For pure writing skill, few can top her Still, I read three of her novels back to back, and all three were ultimately rather unsatisfying She takes some of the modern writing tendencies to the extreme, including a cynical tone and a cool distance from her characters that never really allows you connect to any of them They are in [...]

  14. Kay

    To die will be an awfully big adventure Peter in Peter PanSet against the backdrop of a seedy theatrical company staging a production of Peter Pan in 1950, the quote from the play makes a fitting title for a novel exploring willful self delusion Sixteen year old Stella Bradshaw, taken on as a theater assistant, has romantic notions about even the most grim and sordid realities In Stella s mind, she is the leading lady of every scene She feigns a cough, hoping others will be solicitous of her ima [...]

  15. Brian Robbins

    The first Beryl Bainbridge I ve read but just have to have NOW Hooked on this book from the first page The comedy is superb, but there was so much tucked away in such a spare, compressed little book The ending has the same stunning quality as the scratched recording in Brighton Rock.

  16. Kathy

    I enjoyed this touching book with typical British humor The narrator did a great job, I loved his accent

  17. Mary Anne

    Boring Sorry, but nothing happened And not in the prosaic examination of everyday life kinda way, was simply disappointing.

  18. Annette

    I almost gave up on this, because it is no easy read and I m rather tired at the moment, but it drew me in with its vivid characterisations Not a happy book, but a memorable and moving one.

  19. Chaitra

    I watched the movie a long time ago It s a good movie, but not a splendid one But it has at least one advantage over the book Alan Rickman as P L O Hara Shallow of me, but there you are The P L O Hara in the book just doesn t match up But, the book is great, it s funny and heartbreaking at the same time Stella isn t the most likable of protagonists, because she s horribly selfish and unaware of the chaos she causes, but she s so unaware that it s hard to hate her Brilliant.

  20. John

    A short novel about a local reperatory company in Liverpool This is my first Bainbridge novel it reminds me of Muriel Spark, short but with a nasty surprise at the end.

  21. JacquiWine

    I ve long wanted to read Beryl Bainbridge her 1989 Booker shortlisted novel An Awfully Big Adventure has been in my sights since Max reviewed it last year So, when Annabel announced she would be hosting a Bainbridge Reading Week in June, it seemed the perfect opportunity for me to pick it up.Set in the early 1950s, An Awfully Big Adventure features Stella, a teenage girl who lives with her Uncle Vernon and his wife, Lily, in their down at heel boarding house in Liverpool Neither of the girl s pa [...]

  22. southernmyst

    I really didn t like this book Had it not been a bookclub book, I m not sure I d have finished it.The writing was flat I never cared about any of the characters, and as such had trouble keeping them straight The plot was pretty much nonexistent the only driver seemed to be whether or not the gal would get the guy Stella and Meredith Lots of things happened, but most weren t interesting enough to bother absorbing, and the ones that were weren t described in enough detail to truly absorb As such, [...]

  23. Leah

    I have never read anything by Beryl Bainbridge even though she was from Liverpool too, and I have to say that even though she was known for her outspoken opinions, her comments about Liverpool people have irked me somewhat Bainbridge died earlier this year so I thought it was time to put my own prejudices away and give this book a go.It is 1950 and Stella has been taken on as assistant stage manager just as the Liverpool rep company are about to stage Peter Pan for Christmas and she has fallen f [...]

  24. Isabelle

    Available for trade on Bookins This book is a little bit worn around the edges, and otherwise in good condition.Overall, I enjoyed reading this The main character, Stella, is a self centered teenager in an adult world, who thinks she knows whats going on, but hasn t got a clue Sad thing is, I can remember being a little bit like this, too, although not so precocious.I had seen the movie years ago, and all I really remembered from it was the ending So somehow, the entire time I was reading this, [...]

  25. ^

    Three times, on three separate occasions, in three different physical locations I tried and three times this book comprehensively failed, to win over my interest let alone develop any enthusiasm on my part It was not a book I d picked out for myself, but one passed to me a year, or so, ago, by a friend whose Reading Club had, I gathered, had issues unspecified with it Most of my reading, though by no means all, is non fiction.Interest, or rather a vacuous absence of it, killed this interest sapp [...]

  26. Ailsa Jo.

    Everything unfolds in the end When it finally hits me as to the exact meaning of awfully big adventure , wow, it s overwhelming At first I thought this a story of a girl who likes to play act ended up as the drama queen, or a tragic event of incest that drove everyone mad No, it s universal than this.This story reminds me of the film, Stranger than Fiction, yet unlike the film, this one ends with death, so I suppose that makes it a greater work The sudden snap leaves the reader unsatisfied, wit [...]

  27. Richard Moss

    Set in a 1950s repertory theatre in Liverpool, there are strong autobiographical elements in Beryl Bainbridge s Booker shortlisted novel.Stella is a young recruit who embarks on a doomed obsession with company director Meredith But it becomes clear there are secrets and lies at play throughout the company.At first I found An Awfully Big Adventure hard to get a handle on, but from around halfway through it began to come together beautifully.This is a very funny, but also sad book, populated with [...]

  28. Paul Blakemore

    This is the first book by Beryl Bainbridge I ve ever read I really wanted to like it too what with her being from Liverpool and I loved spotting all the street names in it and trying to piece together the geography of the book I was worried at first though because I found it a harsh and unwelcoming novel The slew of incidental characters and half uttered snippets of family history come thick and fast The tone is ironic and understated the book is designed for a type of bleak realism where everyt [...]

  29. Robert Hyman

    An Awfully Big Adventure is the third book by Beryl Bainbridge that I ve read along with Master Georgie, and The Bottle Factory Outing These three books are as different as can be, and yet all three are excellent I wanted to read Beryl Bainbridge because of her Liverpool background Liverpool now being my adopted home to my shame I had never even heard of her before I came here I now can see why she is so highly thought of Adventure for me took a while to get going but when it finished it finishe [...]

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