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The light of day Graham Swift

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The light of day Graham Swift

  1. 1. THE LIGHT OF DAY Katarína Beňová Ivana Štípalová
  2. 2. GRAHAM SWIFT  Born in London in 1949  Educated at Dulwich College, Queens' College, Cambridge, and York University  Novels, nonfiction, short stories  Some of Swift's books have been filmed, including Last orders and Waterland  Awarded the Booker in 1996 for Last Orders
  3. 3. His protagonists – often ordinary men Some of the big issues of life – birth, death, friedships, relatioshisps Relatioships between personal histories and world events The impossibility of creating a single objectivve reality The Sheep Shop Owner (1980) Shuttlecock (1981) Last Orders (1996) Wish You Were Here – his latest novel (2011)
  4. 4. THE LIGHT OF DAY - BASIC INFORMATION  Publication date – 2003  Publisher – Hamish Hamilton  Genre - novel  Narrator - first-person narrative  Setting - set in 1997 in London (Wimbledon)
  5. 5. LANGUAGE AND STYLE What do you think about the language? Is it close to seeming spoken? Is it a literary narration?  The action of the story turns out to be less significant than the manner of its telling
  6. 6.  Rigorously plain prose,  Filled with short, spare sentences and multiple question marks  It's the language of the police notebook.  ‘Cooking. It was something for her too, a bit of a thing, a passion. And once life had been, maybe, a kind of constant, regular feast. I saw it, never having lived it, exactly, myself. Dinner parties, pulling of corks. Windows lit up, through the trees . . . I’d learned to cook. Discovered, in fact, a bit of a flair’ (p.56).  A fugitive lyricism begins to appear. ‘Late October. The clocks about to go back. Now more things could happen in the dark.’
  7. 7. CHARACTERS  George Webb - the narrator - disgraced policeman - works as a private detective - divorced (ex-wife Rachel) - gets emotionally involved with the case of Sarah Nash - poorly educated but keen enough to learn - one daughter – Helen What was his hobby ?
  8. 8.  Sarah Nash - Married to a gynaecologist - Teaches Spanish and French - Her husband began an affair with the Croatian - Comes to George to ask him to follow the couple - Killed her husband
  9. 9.  Bob Nash - a gynaecologist - Sarah´s husband - unfaithful  Kristina Lazic - Croatian refugee - student, 22 years old - Lived under the roof with Bob and Sarah - has a love affair with Bob Nash
  10. 10.  Rita - George's assistant  Helen – George's daughter, art student  Rachel - George's ex-wife
  11. 11.  Marsh  George´s parents (Frank + Jane)
  12. 12. PLACES OF ACTION Could you name some of the places of action?
  13. 13. RELATIONSHIPS George-Sarah George-Rita George-Helen George-Bob
  14. 14.  “Days when ...... would come, the best days of the week. When planning a meal was all the food my mind wanted or needed or could handle.“  “Rita might have left me a year ago. I know she´s going to leave me now.“
  15. 15. THEMES AND MOTIFS  An unhappy family  Broken connections – the prison walls that separate George and Sarah or Kristina's flight from her home  In the background is the memory of the Empress Eugenie  The suggestion of lives held in check
  16. 16. MATCH: 1. Helen A. ex-cop 2. Sarah B. George's ex-wife 3. George C. refugee from Croatia 4. Bob D. gynaecologist 5. Kristina E. art student 6. Rachel F. suspected of murder 7. Dyson G. language teacher
  17. 17. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION
  18. 18.  Sources  http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/04/books/review/04QUINNT.ht ml  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/277534.The_Light_of_Day  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Light_of_Day_(Graham_Swift_no vel)  http://www.theguardian.com/books/2003/mar/08/bookerprize200 3.fiction

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