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

It bounced from the glass panes of the greenhouse, settled into the dust where hens pecked and strutted, drank the dark stains from the drips of wet washing and water tossed out of doors.

His eyes took in, for perhaps the thousandth time, fgies contours of the space he had shaped. If not painting he observed, pondered. He sees his lost one’s in others, is confused and helpless about his wife.

Light by Eva Figes

Looking at, not through. Oct ffiges, Paul Llave rated it liked it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Overall nothing really happens and is quite dull but I suppose all of our daily lives, if we read them written down, would read quite dull as well. Dec 17, Reuben rated it liked it Shelves: Figes’s fiction has certain similarities with the writings of Virginia Woolf.

There is no ending, except night and a brief coda. Already two wives are gone, a daughter has died, his wife dressed constantly in black figss much time at her daughter’s grave otherwise withdrawn, leaves him wanting the past, not the rushing elusive present-like the train passing near the property a number of times a day its smoke hovering after it has gone.

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Maybe light does go on forever. But I reproduce it myself at the head of this review, for although Suzanne never appears, her presence and spirit fills the entire book. Reading them was like stepping back in time and noticing things the way I did as a child. I’m sure some people will love this book for its snapshot of the times, but I was just hoping for something different.

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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

Mar 06, Patrick Ewing rated it it was amazing. A strong feminist thread runs throughout.


Within these pages are instructions about seeing, awareness, the value of seeking perfection when it does not exist but how the luminosity of each of life’s details does. Yes, he thought, he had got it about right, the curve of the pond running inward towards the bridge with its reflected arc, two curved spans meeting, the dark mass of bamboo for emphasis, giving it just enough density, pinning it down so that it would not float into the sky along with the fragile column of trees beyond.

Years later, I began reading compulsively about World War I. Monet delights in taking him on a tour of the gardens, showing him the orchids in his hothouse and the latest improvements to his beloved lily pond. By the time the book opens, Marthe in front, wearing white will have become the family’s de facto housekeeper; Gabrielle behind will just have received a proposal of marriage; and Suzanne, the stunner in the patterned dress, has been dead for a year.

Jul 18, Roger Brunyate rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was blinded, dazzled by the rush of things moving, running tides, spray caught in sunlight. Cool colours only, blue fading to mist grey, smooth now, things smudging, trees fading into sky, melting water.

But now, before the sunrise, no bright yellow to come between me and it, I look through the cool bluegrey surface to the thing itself. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


Jun 22, Feliks ega it really liked it Shelves: Speaking for myself, when a writer deals with real people and real facts, I want to know those facts, so before long I was reading with iPad Wikipedia by my side. Figes had this idea plus others. Sublime – a masterful portrait of a day in the life of Claude Monet and family at Giverny – it is luminescent! The novel, Lightis an impressionistic portrait of a single day in the life of Claude Monet from sunrise to sunset.

It’s less than pages and anyone who looks at it can tell it’s not a novel.

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The descriptions are dense and, often, lovely: You thought you could escape, now that I am getting fifes, that you could run away, now I am slowing down, too old to track you down across wild landscapes. View all 6 comments.

Books by Eva Figes. It’s a series of moments—sense impressions, really—with metaphorical significance. Mass Market Paperbackpages. It crept up on cool zinc milk churns, standing in shadow, and lost itself in the dark thickets of yew trees standing guard over house and garden.

I really enjoyed reading a novel that replaced “action” with the flowing, tremulous, ever-changing journey of light: The back of this book says it’s a novel – it is most definitely not. It hummed in the wings of insects, shone on the long line of the railway track, blistered the paint of window shutters, and formed a haze, a mirage above the long gass of the pasture so that the line of trees down by the river had become dim, seemed about to dissolve in bright light, a green incandescence against the faded sky.

The other is Octave Mirbeau, journalist, art critic, salon cynic, neighbor—and fellow gardener. A recommended read to people who like discovering uncommon novels. I have visited Giverney and now, thanks to Eva Figes, I can almost imagine they were there.

The writing is definitely very rich in description