The truth about love josephine hart
The truth about love by Josephine HartIt’s dangerous . . . and that’s the truth about love.
A young man shields his terrible wounds from his mother; a husband believes he can love his grief-stricken wife back to life; a young girl puts her own life on hold until her family can find their way back from blinding pain; a man surrenders to the helplessness of obsessive love.
Set in Ireland, this brilliant, intense story is about a family named O’Hara who chose to remain in the place of their loss, and the stranger from Germany who ran from his. It’s about love—for another, for a country, for family—and survival, and it’s remarkable.
In remembrance of Ireland
What would each narrator say? Reread the epigraph, from Gottfried Benn. Has your understanding changed from when you first read it? Discuss the opening scenes. What were you thinking as you read these pages?
It would be easy to make assumptions about Josephine Hart. Married to Maurice Saatchi, she is well heeled and well connected. Extremely well heeled, in fact — the couple have homes in Mayfair, Sussex and France.
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Josephine Hart Interview - 1998 - audio
It is such intrusions which make up the gripping passages in this novel, as Josephine Hart explores the differing ways we deal with trauma and loss. While the O'Hara family remain in the place associated with their pain, the mysterious stranger Thomas Middlehoff from Germany has tried to flee his. It is its insight into the psyche of the outsider that is the strength of this novel, as Hart is adept at balancing the "anatomical eye" with the mourning heart and the thinking head. These "intrusions" also have their effect stylistically and Hart seems a linguistic descendant of Beckett and Joyce as she dispenses with linear narrative for the purposes of showing how the mind works, in prose that reveals as much the truth about language as it does about love. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.
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