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RACHEL CUSK The Bradshaw Variations Table of Contents I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X XI XII XIII XIV XV XVI XVII XVIII. He opens a book and begins to read to her. Every night he does this, sometimes for as long as an hour. At first he was self-conscious reading aloud, but he isn’t any more.

RACHEL CUSK The Bradshaw Variations Table of Contents I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X XI XII XIII XIV XV XVI XVII XVIII. When he reads he feels as though he is flying through darkness, lit by the single bulb of Alexa’s bedside lamp; he is unbodied, a soaring arrow, a force of pure narration. In her books he finds explanations for everything, for love and survival, struggle and pleasure, happiness and grief, for belief, for the shape and arc of life itself. The only thing that is never explained is reality.

The Bradshaw Variations is a timely, necessary story. THE BRADSHAW VARIATIONS is yet another in a long line of fascinating pieces of prose from a truly intelligent and interesting writer

The Bradshaw Variations is a timely, necessary story. THE BRADSHAW VARIATIONS is yet another in a long line of fascinating pieces of prose from a truly intelligent and interesting writer.

Or not changed: been lost. Tonie realises it with a jump, a start, the way she might feel around her throat for a necklace and realise it was no longer there. Tonie realises it with a jump, a start, the way she might feel around her throat for a necklace and realise it was no longer there rk, where there are swings, where they have taken her a hundred times since she was born, and not one of those times has Tonie felt that something was missing in the way that she feels it now. It is Saturday. Alexa is wearing new shoes, red, the leather plump and glossy and unmarked. Thomas bought them for her. They were very expensive

THE BRADSHAW VARIATIONS is yet another in a long line of fascinating pieces of prose from a truly intelligent and . The Bradshaw Variations pursues an analogy with piano, but a better parallel would be with painting. With portraiture, or still life

THE BRADSHAW VARIATIONS is yet another in a long line of fascinating pieces of prose from a truly intelligent and interesting writer. With portraiture, or still life.

He visualises the words on the page, like black little armies marching across the whiteness. The book is still in his pocket. I forgot’, Thomas says, ‘that you work here.

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The Bradshaw Variations reveals how our choices, our loves, and the family life we build will always be an echo-a variation-of a theme played out in our own childhood.

The Bradshaw Variations reveals how our choices, our loves, and the family life we build will always be an echo-a variation-of a theme played out in our own childhood. This masterful and often shockingly funny novel, Rachel Cusk's seventh, shows a prizewinning writer at the height of her powers. Vignettes of family life over the course of a year make up this novel. It follows some of the events to affect the relationships of the Bradshaw family, in building a picture of the three different. The bradshaw variations.

The Bradshaw Variations is a timely, necessary story about a year in the life of a husband (Thomas) and wife (Tonie) . In short, The Bradshaw Variations does for midlife working parents what A Life's Work did for new mothers.

The Bradshaw Variations is a timely, necessary story about a year in the life of a husband (Thomas) and wife (Tonie) who upend their former division of labor: She takes a job heading the English department at the university where she used to teach part-time, while he agrees to leave the corporate sphere to devote himself to caring for the couple's.

The Bradshaw variations. As stay-at-home dad Thomas Bradshaw grows more comfortable with taking care of his eight-year-old daughter and learning how to play the piano, his wife becomes more and more at ease in the professional world, all while their parents look on in disapproval. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by PhanS on December 16, 2010.

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  • My first book by this author. She is really good in describing the characters inner thoughts and also scenes. In my opinion it has a sad ending. Also I wanted to know more about the characters. So many of them that I don't feel I got to know them very well

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  • A novelist that tells her story in metaphors.

  • This is the first book that I have read by Rachel Cusk but it won't be the last. She writes with great sensitivity and with a healthy dose of irony. Her question, "What is art" which begins more than one chapter, seems to have its rhetorical answer in the book's vignettes: showing that it's hard to touch when we seek it (Thomas, the husband piano player) or impossible to fit in (Claudia, the sister-in-law whose household duties crowd out her ability to go to her "studio"). What else is there in life besides plodding jobs with pensions at the end; or not wanting to work because the work environment is so suffocating? Just know never to get a Jack Russell dog who isn't trained.

    The author's minute observances of behavior and interactions between people, two at a time, are so searing (the late cup of tea) that after reading a bunch of them, you want to ask yourself to take a breath, and to wonder how the writer lives within her OWN life! The withholding and grudging attitudes that reflect people's true natures, their being authentic to themselves stirs so much conflict and unhappiness, a non-meeting-ever-of the minds in relationships in which people are nonetheless interdependent is revealing, then depressing, then naturally occurring as one looks around in our own lives. Such is life. She's a great writer and it's worth reading for the illuminated descriptions and passages. I don't think I'd want to be friends with any of them. But that doesn't really matter.

  • Tonie Swann and Thomas Bradshaw live in a lovely suburban land filled with pretty houses, pretty people, pretty cars, and the scent of success wafting about on the dense British air. When Tonie accepts a high-powered administrative job, Thomas decides to stay home, sampling a more artistic life that definitely agrees with him. Tonie's more fast-paced lifestyle also agrees with her, but she worries that it may not be the best transition for the couple's daughter Alexa, now being looked after by her stay-at-home dad.

    Rachel Cusk, the provocative novelist responsible for the artfully lacerating look at suburbia in ARLINGTON PARK, again takes pointed but thoughtful shots at the world of the in-betweens --- those struggling with doing the right thing for their kids, their social set and their careers, while trying hard not to fall for the falsehoods that adult life has offered other generations but not always successfully. This is Cusk's milieu --- the changing face of the modern family --- and THE BRADSHAW VARIATIONS casts new aspersions on the upwardly mobile and fragile members of a family unit.

    Cusk has an arsenal filled with $5 college words and a wide array of flawed characters. The suburb her people inhabit could be the same anywhere in the world, in any metropolitan area where people are beckoned to the outskirts by the promise of land on which to race dirtbikes that hurt your child or space from which your very expensive automobile can be viewed and envied by others. Cusk doesn't know how to do warm and fuzzy --- every time the families of Tonie and Thomas get together with them, it is as far from happy and peppy as possible. But the real drama --- the real interest in the novel, as engaging as the outer ring of characters are --- is the story of how Tonie and Thomas get through their year of living, if not dangerously, then differently.

    It's not always fun to read Cusk's work --- she doesn't give anybody the benefit of the doubt and never shields her characters or her readers from the reality that is being played out in her drama. Like Virginia Woolf, Cusk is able to dissect her dramatic situations with a literary scalpel, with direct and specific language, conveying emotions that most of us would be frightened to admit to but that carry all the relevancy and import of our real-life decisions. She makes us worry about Tonie and Thomas, even though she gives us enough ammunition with which to hate them. It's a great idea, helping us to form alliances with them even while their reality is painful to us as much as it is to them.

    THE BRADSHAW VARIATIONS is yet another in a long line of fascinating pieces of prose from a truly intelligent and interesting writer. This is perhaps Rachel Cusk's tour de force --- and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next to top it.

    --- Reviewed by Jana Siciliano

  • I have read many negative things about this book, and they are not off base. The plot is not much. The characters are rather elusive and not particularly memorable. But still there is something of value here. Perhaps The Bradshaw Variations is a series of insights or ruminations worked or forced into the form of a novel, but for this reader at least many of them hit home with power. It is a rather unhappy picture of domestic life and family relationships, and it is highly unsettling. Characters squabble and drift apart. Connections are tenuous and precarious and loving attention is hard to come by, though deeply desired. The children realize that their parents are inadequate authority figures, that they are governed as much by childish emotions as their offspring. The grandparents still bicker and waste time, love, and energy even as the number of their remaining days dwindle. I found the book painful to read but full of what I am afraid is an accurate portrait of many relationships. There are no epiphanies. There is no happy portent of a different future. No, in The Bradshaw Variations "the surrounding light is grey and surrendered, as though it is ready at any moment to give in to darkness."