Lara has ratings and 7 reviews. Tisa said: Bernadine Evaristo is wildly talented. Lara is a novel in verse, and tells the story of two young people w. Lara is a powerful semi-autobiographical novel-in-verse based on Bernardine Evaristo’s own childhood and family history. The eponymous. says Lara, the heroine of Bernadine Evaristo’s first novel in verse. “I flung my head back. ‘Marriage?/I love the F-word too much, you know.

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Lara is many stories: British Council may use the information you provide for the evarsto of research and service improvement, to ask for feedback in the form of questionnaires and surveys. However, the novel is not as historically or geographically limited as such an account suggests. A f… 1 days ago Reply Retweet Favorite.

Bernardine Evaristo

Other than at Brunel, Evaristo has taught creative writing in a variety of settings since A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. Because the narrative of Lara slips in and out of the first person, and the poetry is always emotionally direct, it’s tempting to look for traces of the author in her heroine.

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Madeline rated it it was ok Oct 03, Evaristo’s answer contains a hint that all this freedom might become its own constraint. Bernadine Evaristo …on the crossroads of culture”.

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I was a bit annoyed when I ordered a novel about a mixed-race girl Nigerian father, English mother exploring herself through her ancestry and received a book of poetry. Cass rated it really liked it Jul 13, Kassie rated it really liked it Oct 16, Lara is a novel in verse, and tells the story of two young people who fall in love in 50s London.

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Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Her fiction makes clear the fact that it is no longer, and more importantly never was, possible to return to a pure, white, Anglo-Saxon Britain prior to immigration. Sarah Hymas created this video collage of Bernardine Evaristo’s family photographs going back over generations featuring the people who inspired her verse novel Lara.

Recording the History of Alternative Theatre. In she wrote and presented a two-part BBC Radio 4 documentary, Fiery Inspiration – on Amiri Baraka and his influence on her generation of writers. Marie rated it really liked it Dec 15, We will process your personal information based on your consent. Sign Up to the Newsletter. Her verse novel The Emperor’s Babe Penguin, is about a black teenage girl whose parents are from Nubiawho comes of age in Roman London nearly two thousand years ago.

Her novel Blonde Roots Penguin, is a satire that inverts the history of the transatlantic slave trade and replaces it with a universe where Africans enslave Europeans.

Paperbackpages. The scope of this novel is ambitious and goes back several generations in Lara’s family to reveal a variety of cultural origins that blend and swirl together to confuse Lara’s own sense of cultural identity. The verse form works well and serves to highlight some key points in the text. Archived from the original on 11 September Carolina rated it liked it Dec 01, Lara by Bernardine Evaristo.

Writing a novel denies her some of the liberties she’s grown used to taking. She’s white; he’s a Nigerian exchange student. The phrase ‘novel-in-verse’ tends to make my heart sink, so I began reading with some reluctance.

In handling this complex genealogy the narrative travels across time and space, transcending the confines of suburban life. I can jump from one period to another, and not have to fill in the intervening gaps, except a couple of lines.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Karla rated it liked it Nov 26, Somehow when I first discovered LaraI missed the fact that it is a novel-in-verse. Next she published Soul Tourists Penguin,about a couple driving across Europe to the Middle East, which featured ghosts of colour from European history. The eponymous Lara is a mixed-race girl raised in Woolwich, a white suburb of London, during the 60s and 70s.

So much of Bernadine Evaristo’s work seems to be about freedom. For detailed information, please refer to the privacy section of our website or contact your local British Council office.

Set in the s, it tells the story of a young girl wvaristo up in the white London suburb of Woolwich. Views Read Edit View history. It begins with the forms she uses. She has undertaken over 50 international writers’ tours sinceranging from one-night readings to three-month teaching residencies.

A writer’s life: Bernadine Evaristo

Gabriela rated it really liked it Jul 05, Critical perspective During the s Bernardine Evaristo emerged as one of Britain’s most talented, innovative and successful contemporary writers. You may unsubscribe at any time by following the unsubscribe link in the newsletter.

Theresa rated it liked it Apr 28, One of the girls in my class was doing an O-level in brnardine studies or something.