Eva Figes was an English author. Figes wrote novels, literary criticism, studies of feminism, and Figes’ novel, Light, is an impressionistic portrait of a single day in the life of Claude Monet from sunrise to sunset. Her best known work is. A day in the life–and the light–of the aging (but still far from aged) Claude Monet. Figes (Waking) builds this impressionistic, rather studied. Complete summary of Eva Figes’ Light. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Light.

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LIGHT by Eva Figes | Kirkus Reviews

Will be picking up more of her in the future. He strolled along the grass verge, saying his habitual goodbye to shrubs and He felt as though the world he knew ligyt drawing away from him, that he could hold neither shadow nor light, which had changed to something far more mysterious.

Cool colours only, blue fading to mist grey, smooth now, things evx, trees fading into sky, melting in water. If you can ever find this out-of-print treasure, snap it up and you will be richly rewarded. I liked it better the first time I read it when it was called To the Lighthouse.

I was blinded, dazzled by the rush of things moving, running tides, spray caught in sunlight. Jun 22, Feliks rated it really liked it Shelves: A day in the life of Monet, but lighr much more. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Want to Read saving…. But I think my slow reading pace also had to do with the style of the narration, which is heavy on the description and not so heavy on plot—which isn’t actually normally a problem for figrs, but maybe wasn’t the best fit for my current reading mood.


Most obviously to Claude Ffiges, taking as its entire subject a day in the life of the painter and his family at their home in Giverny. Open Preview See a Problem?

As a trained art historian, also, I wanted more than just the general reflection of Monet’s paintings, but was hoping for something that might illuminate his process and offer insight into his thinking. Mar 06, Patrick Ewing rated it it was amazing. She wrote an early work on the Women’s Movement. Through all of the description, a story evolves.

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It was a struggle to get through the minutiae of the day. Ther This is a quick little novella, just pages, that looks at what a day in the life of artist Claude Monet might have ligut like. Her style is exquisite, staid. Gazing into the water, seeing at once its surface and its depths, as well as the reflections of willow fronds and sky, the paintings disorient me even as they absorb me. She takes you with the sixty-year-old painter as he goes out in search of the pre-dawn light, puts the canvas aside as sunrise shifts the colors, takes another to capture the new effect, works for half an hour, moves on.

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Light, by Eva Figes

Parts of this book are utterly stunning. In the s she was associated with an informal group of experimental British writers influenced by Rayner Heppenstall, which included Stefan Themerson, Ann Quin and its informal leader, B. I really enjoyed reading a novel that livht “action” with the flowing, tremulous, ever-changing journey of light: Light by Eva Figes.

Cool colours only, blue fading to mist grey, smooth now, things smudging, trees fading into sky, melting water. What is the problem in this book? I sometimes see ghosts beyond the lilies and reflections, ghosts of the dead, yes, but more often of the peaceful summer afternoons before everything changed. Yet figds wakes in the morning, this morning, elated that there is the chance, opportunity, he will see through the dazzle of light and within his net of colors and textures of paints, capture time’s moment which will make all else okay.


I found references to it turning up unexpectedly. This is a quick little novella, just pages, that looks at what a day in the life of artist Claude Monet might have been like.

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Almost square, a total balance between water and sky. Dec 17, Reuben rated it liked it Shelves: That experience of the flooded trenches where the unburied dead sometimes surfaced in the mud, surely led to his image of the Dead Marshes in the Lord of the Rings, where Lightt gazes into the water and sees the dead looking back at him. Figes Waking builds this diges, rather studied novella from a series of merry-go-round vignettes, moving throughout the Monet household at Giverny circa never explicitly identified as such.

If not painting he ifges, pondered. Jun 30, Chris rated it liked it. Sublime – a masterful portrait of a day in the life of Claude Monet and family at Giverny – it is luminescent! The back of this book says it’s a novel – it is most definitely not.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He had been figges to think of light as a veil, playful and shimmering, between him and solid things.