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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I found Light on the sidewalk and brought it home on the strength of the back cover blurb, figse quote from The New York Times Book Review that says the book is “a luminous prose poem of ffiges novel” and viges calls it “unhurried” and “richly descriptive. It dropped on her pinafore, so she picked up a handful and tossed the whole lot into the air. 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.

It is a stream of ev novel about a day in the life of Monet at Giverny. Monet had two children with his first wife, Camille: At first I could not understand why the publishers chose an painting of Suzanne, Woman with a Parasol, for the cover of a novel set in A curious book to which, for some reason, I keep returning.

Light, by Eva Figes

Figes Waking builds this impressionistic, rather studied novella from a series of merry-go-round vignettes, moving throughout the Monet household at Giverny circa never explicitly identified as such. Worth a read if only to experience a great women’s lib author’s descriptive talents. Most obviously to Claude Monet, taking as its entire subject a day in the life of the painter and his family at their home in Giverny.

The language is stunning. This book takes place over the course of one day. Merely-sensuous readers may do without them, but these levels helped me, so I want to address them here. For instance, there is one scene where Monet is adamantly expressing to his groundskeepers that the pond on his property be kept in pristine, perfectly clear condition, free of any surface debris, so that it is always ready to be worked into a painting.


Light by Eva Figes

Light by Eva Figes. My friends and I sat entranced for ages, encircled by these massive paintings. But, I don’t know, somehow this book wasn’t quite for me, or wasn’t for me right now. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. 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.

So what does it matter that it does not describe the paintings ofbut the long series he began only a few years later?

I admit, going into this little story I did not know much about the life of Monet but the writing here has definitely made me curious to read up on him more. It’s a quick read and the cover is lovely but it really didn’t do much for me. I really liked this, about a canvas Monet is working on: View all 5 comments. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. So much happening beneath the surface with each passing moment. The writing is definitely very rich in description In still water all things are still.

Preview — Light by Eva Figes. The opening scenes bring us into the home just before dawn and take us through sunset, all the while making note of where the light hits throughout the day and what thoughts it inspires in those observing the light. The way Figes writes Monet’s words made it easy to imagine this discussion actually taking place, facial expressions and all. Blanche seated behind the table married Monet’s elder son Jean, who is next to her.

Figes can write this way because, important though Virginia Woolf may be, it is Claude Monet who is her ultimate truth. Will be picking up more of her in the future. I will say, this book is a very nice example of Creative Writing. 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 me, but maybe wasn’t the best fit for my current reading mood.


Almost square, a total balance between water and sky.

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Ah, I have you, he thought, smiling, all of you trapped, earth, water and sky. First, some background, without fihes the characters are pretty difficult to figure out.

I liked it better the first time I read it when it was called To the Lighthouse. Though never mentioned, since this is a fully rendered account of one day in Monet’s and his family’s life, it is quite clear that the women’s lives are totally determined by the men.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: What ended up knocking the story down some for me was the sensation of starting out curious about where the day with the Monet family would go, but coming to the the final pages feeling a little cheated. But I reproduce it myself at the head of this review, for although Suzanne never appears, her presence and spirit fills the entire book.

Loght recommended read to people who like discovering uncommon novels. The novel, Lightis an impressionistic portrait of a single day in the life of Claude Monet from sunrise to sunset.

He had been wrong to think of light as a veil, playful and lihgt, between him and solid things. View all 6 comments. It’s a fictionalization of Monet’s life in later years when he’s obsessed with his garden and painting it in the changing light.

Figrs and Lily, her two young children with her American husband, the painter Theodore Earl Butler, now live with ligjt grandparents and are looked after by their aunt Marthe. That was how a young man saw things, in midsummer, and at midday. It’s a day-in-the-life at Giverny with Monet and Company.

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. It’s just the actual storyline itself that I found to be a little weak and forgettable. Mar 17, Heather rated it it was ok Shelves: