King Fisher Lives



[EPUB] ✶ King Fisher Lives Author Julian Rathbone – E17streets4all.co.uk A dramatic story set in Spain, with an interesting subtext from Shakespeare s Timon of AthensA novel of suspense and dark passion that peels away the veneer of modern life to tell an unforgettable adv A dramatic story set in Spain, with an interesting subtext from Shakespeare s Timon of AthensA novel of suspense and dark passion that peels away the veneer of modern life to tell an unforgettable adventure story.King Fisher Lives

Julian Christopher Rathbone was born in in Blackheath, southeast London His great uncle was the actor and great Sherlock Holmes interpreter Basil Rathbone, although they never met The prolific author Julian Rathbone was a writer of crime stories, mysteries and thrillers who also turned his hand to the historical novel, science fiction and even horror and King Fisher MOBI :ò much of his writing had strong political and social dimensionsHe was difficult to pigeonhole because his scope was so broad Arguably, his experiment with different genres and thus his refusal to be typecast cost him a wider audience than he enjoyed Just as his subject matter changed markedly over the years, so too did his readers and his publishersAmong histhan books two were shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction Both were historical novels first King Fisher Lives, a taut adventure revolving around a guru figure, in , and, secondly, Joseph, set during the Peninsular War and written in an th century prose style, in But Rathbone never quite made it into the wider public consciousness.

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  • Hardcover
  • 0 pages
  • King Fisher Lives
  • Julian Rathbone
  • English
  • 11 January 2018
  • 0312454309

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  1. says:

    What if Timon of Athens were right to curse mankind and civilisation Let him live that life, eating roots, and descend into that pit where he bids the dispossessed to eat men Rathbone comes up with a formula for a ruthless social and philosophical experiment albeit one in which he has pre determined its outcome and conducts it in a contemporary context.The subject of his investigation is Lewis Fisher, a radical, American, free love advocate at an English south coast university, who direct What if Timon of Athens were right to curse mankind and civilisation Let him live that life, eating roots, and descend into that pit where he bids the dispossessed to eat men Rathbone comes up with a formula for a ruthless social and philosophical experiment albeit one in which he has pre determined its outcome and conducts it in a contemporary context.The subject of his investigation is Lewis Fisher, a radical, American, free love advocate at an English south coast university, who directs a production there of Shakespeare s dyspeptic play.I thought at first we were heading toward a tragic workout for a noble savage Of would Fisher become like Turgenev s nihilist hero Bazarov whom the author would kill off when he became too much of a threat to his creator s own views But the way ahead is much darker, as becomes clear when Fisher gives a lecture on Lord of the Flies, espousing the cause of those boys exercising free will against the constraints of discipline and decency.And when Fisher and Nadia, his young lover, choose to isolate themselves in a similar, primitive environment in a remote mountain valley in Spain, the result is a similar descent into barbarity In an earlier interview, Fisher had misquoted the 17th Century philosopher Thomas Hobbes, champion of Leviathan the organised state and questioned his repudiation of an idyllic life of nature.Yet Fisher s life beyond civilisation becomes exactly as solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short, as Hobbes predicted, and contagiously so, as the book s gripping climax illustrates.The novel is constructed artfully itself a contrast with the impulsive character of the author s main antagonist through journals, that rather scholarly BBC interview, a lecture and notes Its later pages are shot through with Rathbone s descriptions of his beloved Salamanca the author had himself gone off in a camper van to live there with his young lover and the rough Spanish landscape beauties of which the now atavistic Fisher and Nadia seem oblivious.If, as the Independent wrote, Rathbone set out to write a novel to win the Booker Prize, he was doubly unlucky in his timing, firstly in his year, 1976 Having read all the short listed novels up to that date, it seems to me easily the strongest, with Brink s An Instant in the Wind, Rising by R.C Hutchinson and William Trevor s The children of Dynmouth all worthy of the prize in other years.Secondly he was unlucky in his three judges, including the socialist chairman Walter Allen and Mary Wilson, wife of Prime Minister Harold, who chose David Storey s outstanding working class novel Savile as the winner a well deserving if unfairly favoured choice, I believe.The third juror, novelist and Sunday Telegraph critic Francis King had preferred King Fisher Lives, but Mary Wilson could be obdurate, as he reported She told him I couldn t be party to giving the prize to a book about cannibalism Who judges the judges Makes you wonder

  2. says:

    King Fisher Lives strangely quite an obscure book given the lack of reviews on this and other sites and taking into account it was Booker prize nominated in 1976 Perhaps the opening on the inside dust jacket of the hardback put some people off Lewis Fisher wise man of the sixties, author of The Fxxx Haters and The Venus High.Lewis Fisher shining star of the younger generation of seminal thinkers Lewis Fisher gunned down by the Civil Guards in an obscure corner of Spain That s actually part King Fisher Lives strangely quite an obscure book given the lack of reviews on this and other sites and taking into account it was Booker prize nominated in 1976 Perhaps the opening on the inside dust jacket of the hardback put some people off Lewis Fisher wise man of the sixties, author of The Fxxx Haters and The Venus High.Lewis Fisher shining star of the younger generation of seminal thinkers Lewis Fisher gunned down by the Civil Guards in an obscure corner of Spain That s actually part of the art, of course The book is of its time, drawing heavily on the author s academic background, out of the swinging sixties and his time living in Salamanca, and definitely aims to and succeeding the book s not for the faint hearted shock in the first part through its depiction of a guru genius himself expressing himself to his followers through a combination of free love, drugs and alcohol The ultimate taboo is reserved for a muchsettled second part when he loosely hangs the clothes of a Lord of the Flies esque, Shakespeare s Timon of Athens morality around a slightly thin crime story based on the main protagonists desire to go native in an out of the way existing valley in north western Spain called Valle de las Batuecas.The Independent said in Rathbone s obituary in 2008 that before writing this book Rathbone considered recent Booker prize winners and specifically wrote King Fisher Lives with the prize in mind Whether that s true or not I don t know, but it does feel a bit like it Rather amazingly, the book was actually shortlisted for the Booker that year won by David Storey s Saville From the obituary Rathbone believed this was because Harold Wilson s wife, the amateur poet Mary Wilson, was chief of the judges and thought the book filthy Harold, who made a brief appearance at the Booker dinner, gave me a very dirty look I think actually the book didn t win because although well written and quite interesting, it wasn t good quite enough Worth reading though

  3. says:

    Academia goes feral and descends into barbarity.

  4. says:

    It is so refreshing to pick up a book that has effectively been forgotten and find it so muchenjoyable than the current crop of contemporary fiction or recommended classics It is very much a book of its time, written and set in the mid seventies, but that was part of its charm It is a slim and very readable novel, with so many vivid images, some quite shocking, and with a genuinely climactic ending Definitely worth reading and anyone with an eye for turning this book into a film should It is so refreshing to pick up a book that has effectively been forgotten and find it so muchenjoyable than the current crop of contemporary fiction or recommended classics It is very much a book of its time, written and set in the mid seventies, but that was part of its charm It is a slim and very readable novel, with so many vivid images, some quite shocking, and with a genuinely climactic ending Definitely worth reading and anyone with an eye for turning this book into a film should snap up the rights

  5. says:

    Rathbone writes thrillers and this was a gripping, literary relationship thriller if such a thing exists A real philosophical page turner.

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