Belonging: Home Away from Home

Belonging Home Away from Home The long awaited new book from the acclaimed short story writer author of The Elizabeth Stories and You Never Know Belonging is pure pleasure to read entertaining beautifully written laced with gen

  • Title: Belonging: Home Away from Home
  • Author: Isabel Huggan
  • ISBN: 9780676975369
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The long awaited new book from the acclaimed short story writer, author of The Elizabeth Stories and You Never Know.Belonging is pure pleasure to read entertaining, beautifully written, laced with gentle humour and perceptive insights Shifting from memoir to fiction, it focuses on the commonplace experiences underlying our lives that are the true basis for storytellingThe long awaited new book from the acclaimed short story writer, author of The Elizabeth Stories and You Never Know.Belonging is pure pleasure to read entertaining, beautifully written, laced with gentle humour and perceptive insights Shifting from memoir to fiction, it focuses on the commonplace experiences underlying our lives that are the true basis for storytelling At the book s core is Isabel Huggan s old house in rural France, from where she contemplates the real meaning of home, and the mysterious manner in which memory gives substance to ordinary things around us With a light touch, she brings to life the people she has met in her travels from whom valuable lessons have been learned.Isabel Huggan writes with the candour and compassion that made her earlier books so well loved, and here she speaks even clearly from the heart Belonging is an intimate conversation between the narrator who needs to examine her life because it has not turned out as she expected, and her readers, who will find their own concerns illuminated in surprising ways Slowly, a pattern emerges as certain motifs become apparent happiness, friendship, landscape, language, heartache As the book draws to a close, readers will understand the fictional character who says, There is nothing in our lives that doesn t fit.

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    1. this book is wonderful!the majority of the book is a memoir of place - the search for home. not just the physical: the location and the structure, but also the feeling. feeling one is home is a big deal. at least it is to me, anyway. it's been something i have been hoping to find my whole life. huggan gives voice to this search, this sensation and does it so beautifully and naturally. there's a lot of excavation of memory that goes on in the telling and it felt very much like i was just listenin [...]

    2. Gentle and wise, combines rationality with emotions and captures perfectly the life of a global nomad and that tricky question about home. Mordant wit, lyrical intensity and a genuine openness, curiosity and desire to understand. Beautiful.

    3. (Nonfiction, Travel, Canadian)Canadian author Isabel Huggan & her husband fell in love with southern France on a holiday trip there and decided to relocate their home to where they had left their hearts. They intended it to be ‘home’, not a holiday house nor a second home but their permanent residence.I choose to think that those of us who settle here permanently—définitivement—are more kindly looked upon than those who just drop in for a few weeks of sunny weather. But I may be foo [...]

    4. This is the first book written by Isabel Huggan that I've read so I didn't know what to expect. She writes beautifully and poetically, which is what kept me from not finishing it, although I did come close a few times to giving up on this book. Despite being a talented writer, I found her to be pretentious and ignorant while describing her conversations with others and her experiences living overseas. She came across as one of those self-entitled "your country is inferior to my country" well-off [...]

    5. Part travel book, part memoir, Belonging describes the landscapes and people Huggan meets in her travels to Canada (the home to which she returns), France, Kenya, the Philippines, Australia and the south of France where her husband wishes to settle. What does it mean to feel at home anywhere? The travel stories are interspersed with reflections on her life and in particular her relationship with her mother who died young. Somewhat fragmented and dissatisfying because of this, despite her calling [...]

    6. Huggan uses such beautiful language to describe her experiences, memories and travels. A must read for anyone who has ever felt a sense of wanderlust or belonging in a place they had never been before.

    7. I had to read this book for school, it has a slow start, mainly because it's non fiction, but as you read on it gets really interesting. Isabel Huggan talks about life, childhood, and home, and what they mean to her, and it's a book that is really easy to relate to.

    8. This month's book club book - a sensitive memoir about what makes a home and the experiences of moving away from Canada. A great book club read - provoked lots of discussion.

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