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R But over the course of the four days we discover the deep uncertainties that exist between them Gerry once an architect is forgetful and set in his ways Stella is tired of his lifestyle worried about their marriage and angry at his constant undermining of. Bernard MacLaverty has written with this book an utterly compelling and disarmingly human novel in which each one of us will see parts of ourselvesI read it during one of my recurrent February doldrums and I have to put down to that fact a resultant inertia and demotivation in its perusalAnd well I saw a bit of my my own sometime cynicism and lack of enthusiasm in this middle aged couple Touch However their tragic aporia in the face of the husband s alcoholism is largely overridden by the beautiful finesse in MacLaverty s evocation of the innate Dutch spirit of place on their getaway and the depth and muted delight with which the bleak remnant of their mutual love still glowsBut it probably is a story with too much emotional anxiety for younger readers unless their mature sensitivity warrants the reading This relationship is at times jarring and icy though without much self knowledge it s little wonderFor self knowledge so often brings new openness to love in its fruitful wake Once its thunderheads of revelation have passedFor when you arrive at the threshold of advanced age you can no longer just go through the motions If your life s real enough at that stage you only see through yourself too easilyI was uite lucky in my own case for the past 21 years have been split roughly in two the first 11 years were a culminative process of self revelation resulting in a 10 year painful process of re alignment with the worldThe male protagonist here badly needs like I needed to re align himself with the world His alcoholism though is preventing the reuisite prelude to that process from starting self knowledge So we re seeing a gradual fade outSo that unconsciously is the situation here especially in the old male protagonist He s not yet inwardly mature enough despite his veneer of worldly cynicism to face the music of his own convictionOr tough enough Encountering your devils is no treat This is a time if ever there was one for a renewal of vision and vigor folksWith the stress of my own burnout my moorings to the world came loose no one can tell you about that vision of hell which comes to the truly ingenuous But that vision must be facedTHAT s how hard it is to be reborn after such a dark eclipse of Goodness as burnout And the soul of the male protagonist of Midwinter Break is now being tipped into its fireWill the couple s unvoiced love pull him throughWell what s so achingly apparent here is the reality of the affection that still mitigates the inner conflict of their lonely life together I keep thinking these these folks only need a little pushAnd isn t that what midwinter breaks are forBut it s the sense of anguish in their mutual distancing that gave me the greatest uneasiness It prevented me from rating this book with a full five stars It s a personal thing The story s atmospheric beauty of description both of middle aged affection and exuisite details of the Amsterdam locale and particularly the scene at the Rijksmuseum as well as its perfectly orchestrated characterization two lives lived from the Inside Out compelled me to give it at the very least a grateful four starsIt s bitter realism may excoriate us but it s a wonderfully written novel written with great elegance and acumen Grass, Sky, Song uncertainties that exist between them Gerry once an architect is forgetful and set in his ways Stella is tired of his lifestyle worried about their marriage and angry at his constant Otter Chaos! 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A retired couple Gerry and Stella Gil fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend a holiday to refresh the senses to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives Their relationship seems safe easy familia. Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives Approaching their late sixties they no longer share common interests Gerry has his drinking whilst Stella has her religion a faith which has never deserted her even at the lowest point in her life They may not share common interests but they still share intimacies that come from a long marriage from knowing a person as well as you know yourself the way Gerry still takes Stella s hand when crossing the road or the habit they have of sharing a kiss whenever they re in an elevator As the story begins Stella and Gerry are about to take a trip to Amsterdam and it s told with an unflinching honesty that I found heartbreaking The small silences that older marriages are comfortable enough to endure become virtual non communication for them Stella has her own agenda for this trip which doesn t include her husband while Gerry is happy to be left to his drinking secret or otherwise I liked the way the author gave snippets of information in the form of flashbacks especially to the troubles in Northern Ireland and the dreadful day when Stella became one of the many statistics of the troubles fortunately one who lived to tell the taleThe writing is simply exuisite and captures so well the problems that come with age not just in medical terms but also how the passing years bring about a need to re examine life and decisions The author has told the story with love and compassion and there was a particular scene that takes place in Anne Frank s house in Amsterdam involving an earring that makes me want to weep just thinking about it so movingBernard MacLaverty s insight into love in later years is simply beautiful to witness I want to gather his words into a great big hug and keep them close foreverThank you to Netgalley and Random House UK Vintage Publishing for my ARC in exchange for an honest review Double Jeopardy unflinching honesty that I found heartbreaking The small silences that older marriages are comfortable enough to endure become virtual non communication for them Stella has her own agenda for this trip which doesn t include her husband while Gerry is happy to be left to his drinking secret or otherwise I liked the way the author gave snippets of information in the form of flashbacks especially to the troubles in Northern Ireland and the dreadful day when Stella became one of the many statistics of the troubles fortunately one who lived to tell the taleThe writing is simply exuisite and captures so well the problems that come with age not just in medical terms but also how the passing years bring about a need to re examine life and decisions The author has told the story with love and compassion and there was a particular scene that takes place in Anne Frank s house in Amsterdam involving an earring that makes me want to weep just thinking about it so movingBernard MacLaverty s insight into love in later years is simply beautiful to witness I want to gather his words into a great big hug and keep them close foreverThank you to Netgalley and Random House UK Vintage Publishing for my ARC in exchange for an honest review

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Her religious faith Things are not helped by memories that have begun to resurface of a troubled time in their native Ireland As their midwinter break comes to an end we understand how far apart they are and can only watch as they struggle to save themselves. The family is raised the work s done That can t be it can it There s ten or twenty years left over as it were We ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly It doesn t fit I have a sense of drift I want to do something with the time I have left Other than watch you drink This book is the story of a midwinter break taken in Amsterdam by a retired couple Gerry and Stella Gerry and Stella are a Northern Irish Catholic Couple now living in GlasgowThe title however also conveyed to me the essence of the book Stella is conscious that she is in the midwinter of her life their only son living in Canada with his wife and son contemplates a break in their relationship driven by Gerry s alcoholism and a move to a religious community due to her sense of an unfilled promise made to God years earlierA beautifully understated novel and a brilliant portrait of a long relationship a relationship forever changed by one event but which is then worked out over years a relationship of two people simultaneously so close that they sub consciously anticipate each other s wants thoughts and needs and yet seemingly irreconcilably distant each with their own thoughts desires and secrets He believed that everything and everybody in the world was worthy of notice but the person beside him was something beyond that To him her presence was as important as the world And the stars around it If she was an instance of the goodness in this world then passing through by her side was miracle enough Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries understand how far apart they are and can only watch as they struggle to save themselves. The family is raised the work s done That can t be it can it There s ten or twenty years left over as it were We ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly It doesn t fit I have a sense of drift I want to do something with the time I have left Other than watch you drink This book is the story of a midwinter break taken in Amsterdam by a retired couple Gerry and Stella Gerry and Stella are a Northern Irish Catholic Couple now living in GlasgowThe title however also conveyed to me the essence of the book Stella is conscious that she is in the midwinter of her life their only son living in Canada with his wife and son contemplates a break in their relationship driven by Gerry s alcoholism and a move to a religious community due to her sense of an Engendering Song unfilled promise made to God years earlierA beautifully Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide understated novel and a brilliant portrait of a long relationship a relationship forever changed by one event but which is then worked out over years a relationship of two people simultaneously so close that they sub consciously anticipate each other s wants thoughts and needs and yet seemingly irreconcilably distant each with their own thoughts desires and secrets He believed that everything and everybody in the world was worthy of notice but the person beside him was something beyond that To him her presence was as important as the world And the stars around it If she was an instance of the goodness in this world then passing through by her side was miracle enough


10 thoughts on “Midwinter Break

  1. says:

    Irish born Stella and Gerry are at a crossroads in their lives Approaching their late sixties they no longer share common interests Gerry has his drinking whilst Stella has her religion a faith which has never deserted her even at the lowest point in her life They may not share common interests but they still share intimacies tha

  2. says:

    This is a profoundly moving and perceptive examination of the anatomy of a long marriage Gerry and Stella Gil a

  3. says:

    Bernard MacLaverty is an Irish author new to me His writing is impeccable and intimate He paints a clear portrait of a retired middle age married coupleHowever although I appreciate the authors understanding of this relationship which we observed up close and personal I didn't actually enjoy the plot or the themes in this

  4. says:

    Stella and Gerry married for forty years in the retirement years of their life one son one grandson They take a weekend trip leaving Scotland and heading to Amsterdam Gerry thinks it is just for time away change of pace but Stella has other motives a discontent in her life and a spiritual promise made during a time of heartbreaking distress

  5. says:

    This love story about a retired couple is full of paradox It appears uite light but it is surprisingly deep It seems uite ordinary but its impact is extraordinary It is funny and serious a sad book and a happy book at the same time A book mainly about Him yet predominantly about Her A book about a shared life that is not really shared at allI figured near the beginning that this Him Her story wouldn't suit me I wasn't interested in knowing

  6. says:

    Bernard MacLaverty has written with this book an utterly compelling and disarmingly human novel in which each one of us will see parts of ourselvesI read it during one of my recurrent February doldrums and I have to put down to that fact a resultant inertia and demotivation in its perusalAnd well I saw a bit of my my own s

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    All Women Marry Beneath ThemselvesLike the Shakers the Beguine movement was an attempt to provide some institutional respit

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    In e

  9. says:

    The family is raised the work’s done That can’t be it can it? There’s ten or twenty years left over as it were We’ve cut the life of our cloth wrongly It doesn’t fit I have a sense of drift I want to do something with the time I have left Other than watch you drink This book is the story of a midwinter break taken in Amste

  10. says:

    Mac Laverty is a writer of gorgeous prose and deeply thoughtful novels His latest novel strengthens his reputation as an exceptional writer Stella and Gerry are a retired couple in their 70’s Mac Laverty spreads

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