History: The Home Movie




      History: The Home Movie
A genuine tour de force by one of Britain s foremost poets, this latter day verse epic interweaves fact and fiction with inventive brilliance At once a vivid history of Europe from 1905 to 1984, and a gripping saga of two families one English, one Russian this enormously entertaining narrative is sensual, powerful, and utterly original. New Read Books History: The Home Movie Author Craig Raine – heartforum.co.uk

Poet and critic Craig Raine was born on 3 December 1944 in Bishop Auckland, England, and read English at Exeter College, Oxford.He lectured at Exeter College 1971 2 , Lincoln College, Oxford, 1974 5 , and Christ Church, Oxford, 1976 9 , and was books editor for New Review 1977 8 , editor of Quarto 1979 80 , and poetry editor at the New Statesman 1981 Reviews and articles from this period are collected in Haydn and the Valve Trumpet 1990 He became poetry editor at the London publishers Faber and Faber in 1981, and became a fellow of New College, Oxford, in 1991 He gained a Cholmondeley Award in 1983 and the Sunday Times Writer of the Year Award in 1998 He is founder and editor of the literary magazine Aret .His poetry collections include the acclaimed The Onion, Memory 1978 , A Martian Sends a Postcard Home 1979 , A Free Translation 1981 , Rich 1984 and History The Home Movie 1994 , an epic poem that celebrates the history of his own family and that of his wife His libretto The Electrification of the Soviet Union 1986 is based on The Last Summer, a novella by Boris Pasternak Collected Poems 1978 1999 was published in 1999 A new long poem A la recherche du temps perdu, an elegy to a former lover, and a collection of his reviews and essays, entitled In Defence of T S Eliot, were both published in 2000 Another collection of essays, More Dynamite, appeared in 2013.Craig Raine lives in Oxford His latest books are How Snow Falls 2010 , a new poetry collection and two novels, Heartbreak 2010 , and The Divine Comedy 2012.


      History: The Home Movie
 By Craig Raine IBN : 0385476604 Format : Paperback – heartforum.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • History: The Home Movie
  • Craig Raine
  • English
  • 13 March 2017
  • 0385476604

10 thoughts on “ History: The Home Movie

  1. Richard says:

    History The Home Movie is a rich and far reaching attempt both to tell the story of a family and to chronicle the events of a century and a continent in a poem as long as a novel For me and as poetry demands so much of the reader, I found it hard to tell whether any failures I found were mine or the poet s it was a qualified success History works on several levels At the micro level that of individual words, phrases, and images , the book is bursting with invention Raine is a master of History The Home Movie is a rich and far reaching attempt both to tell the story of a family and to chronicle the events of a century and a continent in a poem as long as a novel For me and as poetry demands so much of the reader, I found it hard to tell whether any failures I found were mine or the poet s it was a qualified success History works on several levels At the micro level that of individual words, phrases, and images , the book is bursting with invention Raine is a master of the miniature and his metaphors are almost always innovative although one condom simile is surely enough , sometimes beautiful the harp of the rain bare floorboards grained like smoked salmon , often arresting the brief cauliflower of champagne bursting on the bows of a ship lipsti...

  2. Rebecca says:

    Oh man I had quite a bad reading experience with this book, though in all fairness, that might be muchto do with the weird mental block I ve had this month, coupled with my insistence to not jugglethan two books at a time and the Star Wars rabbit hole down which my brain has fallen, courtesy of Rogue...

  3. Karen Wellsbury says:

    I cant really rate this, as piece of writing I totally admire this, the sheer volume of work that must have gone into it stunning, and the tales of the entwined families joyous However some of the actual poems didn t work for me.In awe of the work as a whole though.

  4. Jamie Campbell says:

    Utterly Unrateable.

  5. Brandy says:

    One of the things I learned to think about somewhere in the route of my education was the struggle between form and content Perhaps today the only way a writer can write with forms is to have a heightened awareness of that tension, a simultaneous appreciation of the possibilities and recognition of the limitations of a formal structure It is, in a sense, the same irony played with by hipster pop culture.Th...

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