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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This is a quick little novella, just pages, that looks at what a day in the life of artist Claude Monet might have been like. If you can ever find this out-of-print treasure, snap it up and you will be richly rewarded. Refresh and try again. It was a struggle to get through the minutiae of the day. It’s less than pages and anyone who looks at it can tell it’s not a novel. Parts of this book are utterly stunning. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Jan 04, Judas rated it did not like it. What a gift to be able to write like that! Return to Book Page. At book’s end, in a moment that presumably foreshadows the late water-lily work, Monet now realizes that “”nothing is solid,”” that he must look through things “”to show how light and those things it illumines are both transubstantial, both tenuous.

Years later, I began reading compulsively about World War I. The novel is not necessarily meant to be plot-driven. But Figes gives the painter a different vision, which he expresses in different ways several times in the short book: An even more important character is the garden itself, the one in Giverny that Claude has created—or had created—with an eye to light and shade and how they would change throughout the day.


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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Lightplease sign up. Open Preview See a Problem? He strolled along the grass verge, saying his habitual fva to shrubs and He felt as though the world he knew was drawing away from him, that he could hold neither shadow nor light, which had changed to something far more mysterious.

Light by Eva Figes

You could probably zip through this in one good sitting and be none the worse for it. No dense strokes now, bright light playing off the surface of things, small, playful. Lily picked up a single petal, stroked its soft pink skin now brown at the edge, and tried blowing it into the air. Unfortunately, too much of the story is about his family and current affairs.

She takes you with the sixty-year-old painter as he goes out in search of the pre-dawn light, puts the canvas aside as sunrise figez the colors, takes another to capture the new effect, works for half an hour, moves on. I liked it better the first time I read it when it was called To the Lighthouse. She found beads of water caught in a curl of leaf, hanging from the tips of fern, cupped in a flower.

Hollie rated it really liked it Mar 17, I kept wanting to be re-reading Woolf, instead of reading Figes.

Books fiyes Eva Figes. Figes is now a resident of north London and the mother of the academic Orlando Figes and writer Kate Figes. You did not think I could seduce you by luring you into my own back yard. This little book is poetic art; the words almost melt in your mouth.



Short at 91 pages Figes slips into the rapid weave of her story with a deftness to be admired even as I read, reading slowly to A book of impressionistic psalms to the presence and fading of time through the eyes of an aging Monet. It dropped on her pinafore, so she picked up a handful and tossed the whole lot into the air.

He felt as though the world he knew was drawing away from him, that he could hold neither shadow nor light, which had changed to something far more mysterious. He had been wrong to ffiges of light as a veil, playful and shimmering, between him and solid things.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree figed you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Jun 26, Kathleen rated it really liked it Shelves: I gripped my chair through the rapid changing of point of view, the scenery, Monet, the complexity of each moment and each person in his family during one sunny day.

Light, by Eva Figes

It’s a quick read and the cover is lovely but it really didn’t do much for me. And I loved the understated discourse on gender relations. Your email address will not be published.