Douglas Kennedy's Leaving the World: A Novel PDF

By Douglas Kennedy

At the evening of her 13th birthday, Jane Howard made a vow to her warring mom and dad: she may by no means get married, and she or he could by no means have children.

But existence, as Jane involves observe, is a profoundly random enterprise. a long time and lots of lives later, she is a professor in Boston, in love with an excellent, erratic guy named Theo. after which Jane turns into pregnant. Motherhood seems to be an outstanding welcome surprise—but whilst a devastating flip of occasions tears her life aside she has no selection yet to escape all she is familiar with and go away the world.

Just while she has renounced existence itself, the disappearance of a tender lady pulls her again from the sting and into an obsessive look for a few kind of own redemption. confident that she understands extra in regards to the case than the police do, she is compelled to make a decision—stay hidden or carry to mild a shattering truth.

Leaving the area is a riveting portrait of an excellent lady that displays the best way we are living now, of the various routes we stick with during a unmarried existence, and of the arbitrary nature of future. A severely acclaimed overseas bestseller, it's also a compulsive learn and person who speaks volumes concerning the dilemmas we are facing in attempting to navigate our method via all that destiny throws in our direction.

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185 - 208; Hans Eggers, „Die Entdeckung der Liebe im Spiegel der deutschen Dichtung der Stauferzeit", in: Geist und Frömmigkeit der Stauferzeit. Hrsg. von Wolfgang Böhme. Stuttgart/Frankfun a. M. 1978 (Herrenalber Texte, 2), S. 10 - 25. 7 Vgl. Hans Jobert Jauß, „Alterität und Modernität der mittelalterlichen Literatur", in: Zum mittelalterlichen Literaturbegriff. Hrsg. von Barbara Haupt. Darmstadt 1985 (WdF, 557), S. 312 - 373, hier S. 367; D. Kartschoke, „Der epische Held", S. 189f. 34 Einleitung schaft und deren an eine bestimmte Rolle gebundene Identitätsgarantie schützt den Einzelnen vor dem Zerfall seines Selbst - weshalb die Artushelden zu retten sind, die Tristanfiguren aber nicht.

Das kann man tragische Ironie nennen; zugleich ist hier die Logik des Romans auf den P u n k t gebracht: der Sprecher, Tristan, ist ,der Beste', aber Marke ist nach dem Struktursinn des Brautwerbungsschemas ,der Richtige' für ,die Schönste': aus diesem Paradox gibt es für keinen der drei ein E n t k o m m e n . Marke und Tristan unterliegen deshalb beide einer Teilung ihrer Identität, in die des Herrschers und des Liebenden bzw. die des vorbildlichen Ritters u n d des Liebenden. Weder bereichert Tristans Liebe seine ritterliche Identität noch befördert sie seine gesellschaftliche Integration, sondern sie macht sie unmöglich.

3 Vgl. zu beider Äußerungen G. Schindele, Tristan, S. 56 - 60. 4 Vgl. 7. 5 V 1001-1074. 6 G. Schindele, Tristan, S. 60. " O. , „Isolde, der Zauber, die Liebe-der Mmnetrank in Gottfrieds Tristan zwischen Symbolik und Magie", in: Ergebnisse und Aufgaben der Germanistik am Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts. Festschrift Ludwig Erich Schmitt. Hrsg. von Elisabeth Feldbusch. Hildesheim / Zürich / New York 1989, S. 282 - 301, hier: S. 296. - Vgl. dazu die Übersicht zum Ehebruchsthema in der mittelhochdeutschen Li- Einleitung 39 höfischen Romans zu behandeln.

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