Addio, Mr Mackenzie

Addio Mr Mackenzie Sappiamo oggi che Jean Rhys stata maestra somma nel raccontare storie d a ricamate sulla desolazione Ma ci fu un periodo in cui quella sua maniera obliqua e tagliente di narrare oggi cos riconoscibil

  • Title: Addio, Mr Mackenzie
  • Author: Jean Rhys Marcella Dallatorre
  • ISBN: 9788845916113
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sappiamo oggi che Jean Rhys stata maestra somma nel raccontare storie d a ricamate sulla desolazione Ma ci fu un periodo in cui quella sua maniera obliqua e tagliente di narrare, oggi cos riconoscibile, si mostr per la prima volta Fu nella seconda met degli anni Venti, con Quartet 1928 e, soprattutto, con questo romanzo, apparso nel 1930 Di Julia Martin sappiSappiamo oggi che Jean Rhys stata maestra somma nel raccontare storie d a ricamate sulla desolazione Ma ci fu un periodo in cui quella sua maniera obliqua e tagliente di narrare, oggi cos riconoscibile, si mostr per la prima volta Fu nella seconda met degli anni Venti, con Quartet 1928 e, soprattutto, con questo romanzo, apparso nel 1930 Di Julia Martin sappiamo solo quel che dice agli uomini che la mantengono che forse stata sposata, che forse ha avuto un bambino, che forse cresciuta in un qualche paese straniero Del resto, a chi passa una notte con lei nella penombra struggente di una stanza d albergo non importa sapere chi sia veramente quella silhouette col suo buffo costume di scena turbante, veletta, un cappottino di seconda mano, un mazzo di violette stretto nel pugno N a Julia importa sapere quel che pensano gli altri, mentre fende imperterrita la nebbia di Londra o la caligine di Parigi Ha sempre qualche credito da riscuotere, lei, e non tradirebbe quello che ritiene l unico modo sensato di vivere Se un taxi suona il clacson prima che io abbia contato fino a tre, vado a Londra Senn niente Solo Jean Rhys poteva trasformare una vicenda di quotidiana ferocia nella grande storia di una distratta, tenace, appassionata perdizione.

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    1. Jean Rhys Marcella Dallatorre

      Jean Rhys, originally Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams, was a Caribbean novelist who wrote in the mid 20th century Her first four novels were published during the 1920s and 1930s, but it was not until the publication of Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966 that she emerged as a significant literary figure A prequel to Charlotte Bront s Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea won a prestigious WH Smith Literary Award in 1967.Rhys was born in Dominica a formerly British island in the Caribbean to a Welsh father and Scottish mother She moved to England at the age of sixteen, where she worked unsuccessfully as a chorus girl In the 1920s, she relocated to Europe, traveling as a Bohemian artist and taking up residence sporadically in Paris During this period, Rhys lived in near poverty, while familiarising herself with modern art and literature, and acquiring the alcoholism that would persist through the rest of her life Her experience of a patriarchal society and feelings of displacement during this period would form some of the most important themes in her work.

    112 thoughts on “Addio, Mr Mackenzie”

    1. "It was the darkness that got you. It was heavy darkness, greasy and compelling. It made walls round you, and shut you in so that you felt you could not breathe. You wanted to beat at the darkness and shriek to be let out. And after a while you got used to it. Of course. And then you stopped believing that there was anything else anywhere.".My third Rhys and I feel that her female protagonists aren't the most likeable characters but they are human so quite relatable.At least it's very easy to re [...]


    2. There she goes a little heartache; there she goes a little pain. Make no mistake, she sheds her skin like a snake, gonna walk the plank againI cannot stop reading Jean Rhys. This might not be such a wise decision as Ms. Rhys tends to wallow in her darkness a bit more than most, but what can I say? She speaks my language.Shhhhhhhh. Listen closely. Jean has something she'd like to say. That's what this book feels like: it feels like Jean and I are sitting in some dark French cafe and she's telling [...]


    3. I had suspicions of prison visitations when reading Voyage in the Dark that turned out to be all too throw away the key true in Quartet. Quartet had me thinking about hiding out in cinemas to avoid facing the soul equivalent of the bill collector (and long past due). I am afraid of what my dark inkling stains for After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie coming true in the fourth book of my "The Complete Novels" Jean Rhys book (Good Morning, Midnight is next). The back of my book hints that these were autobio [...]


    4. Πώς έπεσε στα χέρια μου αυτό το βιβλίο:Ξεκίνησα ένα μεσημέρι για τη δουλειά. Πήρα το μετρό και στο Μοναστηράκι άλλαξα για ηλεκτρικό. Στις πλατφόρμες λαοθάλασσα και το τραίνο άφαντο. Κανείς δεν ήξερε τί συνέβη κι εγώ έκανα στροφή – σιχτιρίζοντας – ξανακατέβηκα στο μετρό – σ [...]


    5. You might have expected the song I Enjoy Being a Girl to have been written by a couple of men (Rogers & Hammerstein) because it has lyrics likeWhen I have a brand new hairdoWith my eyelashes all in curlsI float as the clouds on air doI enjoy being a girlBut it distressed me a little bit to find out that I’m a Woman, which is hardly feminist but nevertheless thrillingly celebratory:I can rub & scrub this old house til it's shinin like a dime Feed the baby, grease the car, & powder m [...]


    6. There's a quote on the back, something like "As stark and as ominous as a skeleton", and there it is. The skeleton, belonging to everyone, utterly ordinary yet a source of dread. The utter bleakness of this first Quartet of Rhys novels in the 20s and 30s, is that they all seem all too clear and habitual and believable. They're difficult to dispute. The best ray of hope (not a refutation, but at least a counter-example), however, is that however autobiographically Rhys may have been writing here, [...]


    7. A dark, tragic disturbing tale of a once glamorous woman Julia.Now down on her luck after leaving Mr Mackenzie.Her looks are fading and Julia survives on her maintenance cheques from previous lovers.Living in a dismal Paris hotel.Julia then returns to London where she visits her sister and ailing mother.This is such a sad book which is beautifully written.One woman's struggle to survive against the odds.Very engrossing and way ahead of its time.Hard to believe it was written in 1930.


    8. After leaving Mr Mackenzie Julia Martin thought about a shotgun to the head but she didn't have a shotgun or something like cyanide but she was friends with no pharmacist or to become a graceful manic flysplat underground train leaper but the very idea made her tired or hanging but what about the poor hotel maids, not their fault after all and wouldn't they be cursing or the simple tumble from the 12th floor, that might do but she didn't have much of a head for heights or stick her finger in the [...]


    9. Published in 1930 about a woman who wanted something unusual from life, adventure? travel? not to live in drab poverty forever? But she was an adult before women had the vote (or were enfranchised much at all) and certainly when it was rarely allowed for women to aspire to anything like a satisfying, self-supporting occupation. No no no, dear. Women keep homes and make babies and if they die doing so then another can be found to take their place. But what if you married young, your baby died, it [...]


    10. This is the delectable Jean Rhys at her very best. She has our central character deliciously sussed out. We know her shortcomings and want to help her out - it's a tough life out there for Julia Martin. Hell, it's a goddam jungle.Some of this underdog protagonist's wry observations are as bluntly incisive as Rhys's narrative observation of her:'Of course she had some pathetic illusions about herself or she would not be able to go on living.''It's so easy to make a person who hasn't got anything [...]


    11. Depressing 'here n' there'but a Profound Literary Accomplishment,I completed this book on a flight from LA to NY on 10/11/2000. This was my first reading experience by Jean Rhys. I learned that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis included Jean Rhys on her roster of favorite authors. That's why I bought the book. I was curious to learn what 'tickled her fancy'. At firste book was 3 starsbut after a day or two had passed I realized that the book had quite an impact on me. I had just finished an A+ book (Th [...]


    12. It needs to be said that Rhys is one of the most difficult novelists I have ever read. Her characters are not sympathetic, they are not beautiful, their lives are not interesting or fascinating. But this is exactly the point and the strength of her narratives: they are unmistakably, painfully real.If I had to use one word to describe this novel, it would be 'bleak'. Julia seems only a shell of a person, someone who is barely alive, barely functioning after having been left - yes, not the other w [...]


    13. Julia had abandoned herself. She was kneeling and sobbing and wishing she had brought another handkerchief. She was crying now because she remembered that her life had been a long succession of humiliations and mistakes and pains and ridiculous efforts. Everybody's life was like that. At the same time, in a miraculous manner, some essence of her was shooting upwards like a flame. She was great. She was a defiant flame shooting upwards not to plead but to threaten. Then the flame sank down again, [...]


    14. "It is a terrible book about the final floundering to destruction of a friendless and worthless but pitiful woman. It is terrible, but it is superb." — Rebecca West"What a relatable protagonist!" — me


    15. A book I've had on my bookshelves for some time but never got around to reading, dusted off while packing for a move. Perhaps not the ideal book or frame of mind to put yourself into as you move across the country and question your life and direction and the bland little corporate apartment you are forced to live in at first - nope, not ideal for that. A sad, desperate book. But I love her sensibility, a down at the heels Edith Wharton. The desperation women felt on having to look after themselv [...]


    16. i am in the midst of reading all of rhys' work. this is a dangerous thing to do and i may have to take a break from it. rhys indelibly captures something very real about being a woman, having needs, disappointment, but she was also a miserable, lost creature, and the only hope in her books is the very existence of them. that she wrote so exquisitely and still had such a low opinion of humanity seems to be a testament to something muscular and breathing under the cringing and sneering she sees th [...]



    17. jacquiwine.wordpress/2015First published in 1930, After Leaving Mr Mackenzie was Jean Rhys’ second novel. Set in Paris in the late 1920s, it features a woman in her thirties, Julia Martin. For the past six months, Julia has been surviving on an allowance of 300 francs per week which she receives from her ex-lover, Mr Mackenzie.When we first meet Julia, she is living in a room in a tawdry hotel in Paris – the sort of place where the staircase smells of the landlady’s cats. She is down on he [...]


    18. Down to the grain this is a quiet short masterpiece. First instinct is that this little novel (by an anglo euro caribbean woman who didnt get recognized for another thirty years) should sit next to Flaubert and Tolstoy.


    19. Another devastating novel by jean Rhys. (I'm reading/re-reading them in order of composition and this is her third.) After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie one is a bit of a departure from her first two novels, Voyage in the Dark and Quartet insomuch as the text moves much more freely through the interior thoughts and impressions of the various characters and how they perceive and interpret each other. The narrative therefore creates less the tale of an alienated woman's struggle against a hostile and abus [...]


    20. I read the Penguin Modern classic. The introduction by Lorna Stage had way too many spoilers, so I skipped it until I finished the book, and then went back to it. The back cover states, "a breakthrough book a novel poised between hope and despair."Personally I felt the story leans quite heavily to the side of despair. The main character Julia Martin, is really rather pathetic, with very few redeeming qualities. Rather than making something of herself, she is relying on others to do something for [...]


    21. The only other Jean Rhys novel I have read is The Wide Sargasso Sea - which I loved and in fact read twice. This is a beautifully written little novel, which at the time it was written must have been a bit shocking.Julia Martin is a woman who has lived off the money of various lovers. Her most recent Mr Mackenzie has been paying her through his lawyer to live in a run down hotel in Paris since she left him. Now with no money left - and no longer as young as she was Julia faces an uncertain futur [...]


    22. Jean Rhys is an absolute master of the feminine psychological interior - her work is very stream of consciousness yet succinct, and her characters complex yet very easy to relate to. I love the relationships her characters tend to have with men - naive but jaded, broken from past hurts, reckless, and full of misdirected, desperate need to fulfill something nebulous and undefined. Much like the confusion of real life after pain. I wish I could have met Jean Rhys in life. I suspect she was a very [...]


    23. This was a fascinating novel from the author of Wide Sargasso Sea. What was so interesting was how the point of view kept switching between characters, and then again between third person and second person. It happened seamlessly. Throughout you didn't know who you felt sympathy for, if anyone. It was a story of hopelessness which was surrounded by a post-Great War atmosphere of loneliness and the difference between the 'haves' and the 'have-nots'.


    24. A book about the true horrors of being a woman with no prospects in the early twentieth century. I read it in a day and felt horribly depressed afterwards, but it's impossible to put down. Julia's desperation is sickening, and you find yourself almost wishing she would give up, but the fact that she doesn't is all the more terrifying. Possibly my favorite Rhys.


    25. I am just recovering from the emotional hangover induced by this dark, short, well-shaped story. Rhys excels in setting a mood, I felt dragged into the downward spiral of the central character, a good time girl who is past her prime. It's not pretty, As Rhys writes, "It's so easy to "make a person who hasn't got anything seem wrong"


    26. Reading the earlier books, the ones predating Wide Sargasso Sea, one understands why Rhys complained that her eventual recognition was too little, too late. She was, consistently and with admirable honesty, confronting similar themes throughout her creative life.


    27. After Leaving Mr. Mackenzieis my first West Indian reads and one of the first books I borrowed from Trinidad and Tobago Library for 2018. I am a fan of Jean Rhys so I decided to give this book a go- also it was a short so that helped. This book did not do it for me. The characters were irksome and bordered on annoying. The writing was a little too "roundabout" and exhausting. I love Jean Rhys other works but this didn't do it for me.


    28. This was my first exposure to Jean Rhys writing. She also wrote Wide Sargasso Sea. So having said this, I had no inkling what to expect when I began the book, was it a romance maybe? What spectrum would it fall into? I think I can safely say it wasn't a Romance. It's a short, concise story dealing with a two-week (or so) period in the life of Julia. There is a bit of a back story; she has been in Paris for a number of years, having left England and her husband after the death of their child. She [...]


    29. Jean Rhys is one of my absolute favourite writers, her writing is melancholic and her books often leave me heartbroken. Yet After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie didn't make me feel anything but fed up; all the characters are irritating, frustrating, or lifeless. The protagonist - Julia - was infuriating, I wanted to take her by the shoulders and shake her. After their marriage has failed, Mr. Mackenzie cuts off Julia's allowance and because Julia is so used to men paying for everything, she loses the plo [...]


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