Arlington Park

Arlington Park

Book - 2007
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Arlington Park, a modern-day English suburb very much like its American counterparts, is a place devoted to the profitable ordinariness of life. Amidst its leafy avenues and comfortable houses, its residents live out the dubious accomplishments of civilization: material prosperity, personal freedom, and moral indifference. In Arlington Park, men work, women look after children, and people generally do what's expected of them. It's a world awash in contentment but empty of belief, and riven with strange anxieties. How are they to know right from wrong? How should they use their knowledge of other people's sufferings? What is the relationship of politics to their own domestic arrangements? Set over the course of a single rainy day, the novel moves from one household to another, and through the passing hours conducts a deep examination of its characters' lives: of Juliet, enraged at the victory of men over women in family life; of Amanda, warding off thoughts of death with obsessive housework; of Solly, who confronts her own buried femininity in the person of her Italian lodger; of Maisie, despairing at the inevitability with which beauty is destroyed; and of Christine, whose troubled, hilarious spirit presides over Arlington Park and the way of life it represents. Darkly comic, deeply affecting, and wise, "Arlington"" ""Park"" "is a page-turning imagining of the extraordinary inner nature of ordinary life, by one of Britain's most exciting young novelists.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374100803
0374100802
Branch Call Number: F Cus

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Oct 08, 2017

Reading this book made me feel like I was spending the afternoon with my smartest wittiest crankiest friend, I never wanted to finish reading it. Beautifully written and savagely honest, my favorite combination.

manoush Jan 29, 2015

A glum novel about glum people. Arlington Park is set in a well-heeled London suburb full of unhappy married women, stifled in their "warm dens of compromise" and seething with rage and resentment. The novel's opening three pages go into excruciating, tedious detail about the rain hammering the suburb, an obvious allusion to the stormy internal states of the thwarted women. There are some great character portraits here, but the novel as a whole feels too amateurish and artless. There's no fresh perspective on the age-old theme of intelligent women entombed by their domesticity.

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BOOKS55
Jul 08, 2013

Didn't particularly enjoy this book. It seems to be about nothing. I found the story line to be poor quality.

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