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Book Title: A Shadow in Yucatan|
The author of the book: Philippa Rees
Date of issue: November 7th 2006
ISBN 13: 9781412097642
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 21.85 MB
Edition: Trafford Publishing
Read full description of the books A Shadow in Yucatan:Remember Bob Dylan and 'Boots of Spanish Leather'? He walked these same streets to a bar in Coconut Grove before his guitar was amplified. Remember Joan Baez and Woodstock? Recall the flowers in the rifle barrels and the braziers of Aldermarston? What about Mary Quant, and Abbey Road? If you remember those, then this is may be for you. You will not find them full-bodied, they are long gone, but their spirit is the paper on which this tale is spilt. It will remind you, and help your children to know the country of your past, and why you sometimes seem disappointed.
This distilled novel fits no category: It is not exactly fiction because the story is true in essence, truer as myth; it is not poetry as such, there are too many insistent voices; it is not history although its place and time are past. It is simply experience singing a song, to the ears and eyes of memory.
It recaptures the optimism of innocence when all things still seemed possible; before the dreams surrendered to the grey men in grey suits. It tells Stephanie's story but her story is also the story of that golden time. It may make you cry for the self you once were, and if it does it will make you glad.
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Philippa's many lives have all the elements of fantasy fiction. Born in South Africa and fatherless, she experienced the wildest parts of rural Africa in the care of her grandfather, often on safari for weeks inspecting rural African schools in a ten ton 'caboose' with a cook, a tracker marksman and a folding table.
The other extreme was imprisonment in boarding schools studying the Metaphysical poets, Theology and the English Monarchy, and always hungry. These solitary extremes perhaps contributed to the need to reconcile the influences of two worlds, African liberty and European culture, leading ultimately to Involution, a life's work that cost her the loss of country family and liberty.
Female emancipation was fed early. Her grandmother was related to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and her great great aunt had had a small but important role in the life of George Eliot; their unorthodox lives were held up as a model of appropriate female daring-do. So it is perhaps not surprising that she should arrive at a poetic narrative to achieve her reconciliation between science and religion, matter and mind.
The 'leitmotif' of her writing is characterized by a celebration of the individual, often eccentric, always out of the mainstream. So her work has never fitted into a Dewey index easily, crossing genres, bridging conventions. It is the gaps in human experience that interest her, and those 'gaps' form both the backbone of both these books and the poetic narratives appropriate to evocative and broad ideas.
After sampling medicine, architecture, classics and fine art she ultimately achieved degrees in Zoology and Psychology. She has lived on far from desert islands in Mozambique, fishing for supper; lectured to mature University students on 'Saints and Scientists' (the theory under-pinning Involution-An Odyssey); designed buildings; self-built an arts centre and concert hall; raised four daughters, and failed to master the cello, her greatest regret.
As a limbering exercise for this work she published 'A Shadow in Yucatan' a story evoking the promise and disappointment of the sixties and has a novel and a collection of short stories (Minding the Gap) in the pipe-line.
She lives in Somerset in her converted barns with an old collie and a long-suffering husband.
The book website can be found here http://involution-odyssey.com/ Her website with odd observations and short poetic comments can be found here http://philipparees.wordpress.com/ Please feel free to contact her with comments questions and observations through the site, or email her(Via website) She would be grateful for welcome contact from readers.
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