Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Dancing Fish and Ammonites

A Memoir

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Penguin Putnam
The beloved and bestselling author takes an intimate look back at a life of reading and writing

?The memory that we live with . . . is the moth-eaten version of our own past that each of us carries around, depends on. It is our ID; this is how we know who we are and where we have been.”

Memory and history have been Penelope Lively’s terrain in fiction over a career that has spanned five decades. But she has only rarely given readers a glimpse into her influences and formative years.

Dancing Fish and Ammonites traces the arc of Lively’s life, stretching from her early childhood in Cairo to boarding school in England to the sweeping social changes of Britain’s twentieth century. She reflects on her early love of archeology, the fragments of the ancients that have accompanied her journey?including a sherd of Egyptian ceramic depicting dancing fish and ammonites found years ago on a Dorset beach. She also writes insightfully about aging and what life looks like from where she now stands.


Random House, Inc.
The beloved and bestselling author takes an intimate look back at a life of reading and writing

“The memory that we live with . . . is the moth-eaten version of our own past that each of us carries around, depends on. It is our ID; this is how we know who we are and where we have been.”

Memory and history have been Penelope Lively’s terrain in fiction over a career that has spanned five decades. But she has only rarely given readers a glimpse into her influences and formative years.

Dancing Fish and Ammonites traces the arc of Lively’s life, stretching from her early childhood in Cairo to boarding school in England to the sweeping social changes of Britain’s twentieth century. She reflects on her early love of archeology, the fragments of the ancients that have accompanied her journey—including a sherd of Egyptian ceramic depicting dancing fish and ammonites found years ago on a Dorset beach. She also writes insightfully about aging and what life looks like from where she now stands.

Baker & Taylor
"The beloved and bestselling author takes an intimate look back at a life of reading and writing. "The memory that we live with is the moth-eaten version of our own past that each of us carries around, depends on. It is our ID; this is how we know who weare and where we have been." Memory and history have been Penelope Lively's terrain in fiction over a career that has spanned five decades. But she has only rarely given readers a glimpse into her influences and formative years. Dancing Fish and Ammonites traces the arc of Lively's life, stretching from her early childhood in Cairo to boarding school in England to the sweeping social changes of Britain's twentieth century. She reflects on her early love of archeology, the fragments of the ancients that have accompanied her journey-including a sherd of Egyptian ceramic depicting dancing fish and ammonites found years ago on a Dorset beach. She also writes insightfully about aging and what life looks like from where she now stands"--

Book News
Despite the subtitle, the eminent novelist starts by saying, "This is not quite a memoir. Rather, it is the view from old age." Unconfined by genre, she leads the reader through a graceful and engaging meditation about old age, the passing of time, memory, reading and writing, and six objects in her home. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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The author reflects on the influences that have shaped her literary life, from her early childhood in Cairo and boarding-school education in England to her love for archaeology and the sweeping changes in twentieth-century Great Britain.
The award-winning author of Moon Tiger reflects on the influences that have shaped her literary life, from her early childhood in Cairo and boarding-school education in England to her love for archaeology and the sweeping changes in 20th-century Great Britain.

Publisher: New York : Viking Adult, 2014
ISBN: 9780670016556
0670016551
Branch Call Number: Biography L748L
Characteristics: 234 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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haileyj
Jan 23, 2016

I always like to read about how an author has lived their own life and how they have been able to draw from that to produce the fiction they create. Ms. Lively did lead an interesting life and her telling it from her own perspective was worth reading.

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