Late in the Day

Late in the Day

Book - 2019
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"Alexandr and Christine and Zachary and Lydia have been friends since they first met in their twenties. Thirty years later Alex and Christine are spending a leisurely summer's evening at home when they receive a call from a distraught Lydia. Zach is dead. In the wake of this profound loss, the three friends find themselves unmoored; all agree that Zach was the sanest and kindest of them all, the irreplaceable one they couldn't afford to lose. Inconsolable, Lydia moves in with Alex and Christine. But instead of loss bringing them closer, the three of them find over the following months that it warps their relationships, as old entanglements and grievances rise from the past, and love and sorrow give way to anger and bitterness"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape, 2019.
ISBN: 9781787331112
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 23 cm


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Sep 04, 2020

Will weigh in here because of so many negative reviews. I liked this book a lot. For a while I wasn't very invested in the characters but the writing is so superior, then wham the story gets very interesting with a situation that many people experience in life. Maybe the dislike of the novel is because it has triggered readers and because the characters don't respond in a way that is deemed 'appropriate' to the situation. Anyway worth checking out if you like good writing.

Feb 22, 2020

The characters just didn’t seem plausible to me. I did finish it but wouldn’t recommend it.

Dec 17, 2019

Upper middle-class couples having a mid-life crisis moment(s). Couldn't get into it at all.

Jul 13, 2019

This novel tells the story of the relationships amongst two upper middle-class couples. I am not sure why Hadley chose to write about these people or to portray the lack of the women's independence, but as usual, it was so well-written.

Jun 14, 2019

This was on the Lucky Day shelf - a chance to read a popular title. It was so tedious to read but I stuck it out and finished it. I have no knowledge of the author or any reviews of her writing. Maybe her use of language is very polished. But this was the opposite of a page turner. I kept hoping something would happen. Waiting for something to happen. Another problem - not enough information about what was going on with the characters. I would not recommend this.

May 20, 2019

A modern take on an old tale of two couples and their infidelity .
Implicitly the reader takes sides.
Who commits the greater sin?
The entitled widow and her unrelenting privilege - or the husband and his
meek acquiescence?
Which is worse ?
The disloyalty revealed with cruel aplomb- or not at all and unspoken?
Tessa Hadley’s Late in the Day is more appealing and thoughtful than Mazursky’s

May 19, 2019

It is thin - I heard many good things on Radio 4 reviews and written critiques, but I shall summarize with this short word: thin. Something is truly lacking (felt the same with Sally Rooney's novels). Dialogue here carries a huge amount of the expositionary load so it's not believable; you have to build a story with history, description, location, metaphor, character. It all felt diluted. There's not quite enough meat on these bones.

Mar 17, 2019

I kept waiting to get to a point when the story or characters find meaning to exist. Hadley's novel kept drifting between the four intermeshed characters - two couples exchanging partners at various points in history. My waiting was never satisfied.

Feb 27, 2019

I'm pretty open to most books and always give them a chance to convince me. I went all the way with this one and was sorry I did. The characters were tedious and self absorbed. I gave it stars because her writing style and flow of story was good, but her characters for me were just not people you'd want to spend time with if you had a choice.

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