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Abandonment [Paperback]

Kate Atkinson
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April 1 2001 1854596012 978-1854596017

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Atkinson is one of the UK's most popular, internationally acclaimed novelists. Behind the Scenes at the Museum was the 1995 Whitebread Book of the Year. Human Croquet, a number one bestseller, has been translated into 18 languages. Her latest novel is titled Emotionally Weird.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent play that tells two linked stories Sept. 22 2002
Format:Paperback
"Abandonment," be Kate Atkinson, is a play that switches back and forth in time to tell two connected stories. The opening pages of the book note that the play was first performed at the Traverse Theater in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2000; also noted is the fact that the author lives in Edinburgh.
The play opens with Elizabeth, a contemporary woman who works as a historian and lives in a converted Victorian mansion. The people in her life include her sister Kitty, a reporter; her widowed mother Ina; her best friend Susie, a lesbian who wants to have a baby with her partner; and Callum, a New Age-y fellow who's doing work on the house. These characters deal with both their current relationships as well as with issues from the past that continue to haunt them. Their story alternates with that of a troubled family that occupied the house in the 19th century.
I really didn't know what to expect when I started reading this play, but by the end I really loved it. It's a full-bodied blend of tragedy and comedy; the two stories are effectively linked. Although the story is at times a bit soap opera-ish, ultimately the play as a whole is quite moving and very satisfying.
Some of the play's themes include romantic love, sex, societal pressure, sisterhood, infidelity, and women's desire for motherhood. The dialogue is strong, and the characters really came to life for me as I read the play. I think this would be a good book both for classes in contemporary drama and women's studies; I also recommend it for independent reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent play that tells two linked stories Sept. 22 2002
By Michael J. Mazza - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Abandonment," be Kate Atkinson, is a play that switches back and forth in time to tell two connected stories. The opening pages of the book note that the play was first performed at the Traverse Theater in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2000; also noted is the fact that the author lives in Edinburgh.
The play opens with Elizabeth, a contemporary woman who works as a historian and lives in a converted Victorian mansion. The people in her life include her sister Kitty, a reporter; her widowed mother Ina; her best friend Susie, a lesbian who wants to have a baby with her partner; and Callum, a New Age-y fellow who's doing work on the house. These characters deal with both their current relationships as well as with issues from the past that continue to haunt them. Their story alternates with that of a troubled family that occupied the house in the 19th century.
I really didn't know what to expect when I started reading this play, but by the end I really loved it. It's a full-bodied blend of tragedy and comedy; the two stories are effectively linked. Although the story is at times a bit soap opera-ish, ultimately the play as a whole is quite moving and very satisfying.
Some of the play's themes include romantic love, sex, societal pressure, sisterhood, infidelity, and women's desire for motherhood. The dialogue is strong, and the characters really came to life for me as I read the play. I think this would be a good book both for classes in contemporary drama and women's studies; I also recommend it for independent reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Play! March 5 2014
By leslie searles - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't realize when I ordered it, that it was a play, but I really enjoyed it, Kate Atkinson is such a clever writer ,I have enjoyed everything written by her.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read; note: it's a play, not a novel. April 1 2013
By Tara L. Pryde - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't notice this when I bought the book, because I purchased it on a recommendation and didn't read the description fully. It is a PLAY, not a novel. But I did enjoy it!
1.0 out of 5 stars Not her best March 27 2014
By Pat Henson - Published on Amazon.com
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Not worthy of her , too politically correct ,looks like the thought police have taken over , don't waste your time on this one .
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly what I needed Jan. 30 2010
By Margaret Arvidson - Published on Amazon.com
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Just a quick note -- not so much a review -- I purchased this because I'd been thinking of auditioning for a local production and wanted to have a copy of the script prior to the auditions. After reading the play, I found it to be a tad predictable, but definitely theater-worthy. I will be auditioning for the show next month. Thanks again for always over-delivering on time, breadth of content and value.
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