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The Weighing of the Heart - Winner of the Peoples Book Prize 2020 Download Ù 2 ☆ The Weighing of the Heart won the People's Book Prize for fiction 2020Following a sudden break up Englishman in New York Nick Braeburn takes a room with the elderly Peacock sisters in their lavish Upper East Side apartmentMent and finds himself increasingly drawn to the priceless piece of Egyptian art on their study wall and to Lydia the beautiful Portuguese artist who lives across the roof garden But as Nick draws Lydia into a crime he. I was very excited to read this novel due to its being compared to work by authors such as Joseph O’Neill whose book Netherland I studied during my university degree I loved how O’Neill scrutinised New York and how it is tied up with the identity of many people and was interested to see how the city would feature in Owen’s book There is so much I could say about this book with so many images and complex ideas to unpack and I truly believe this will be a book on English Literature university reading lists in years to come as it would have fitted perfectly into my course However I have managed to narrow my thoughts down to three key areas as alwaysOne of my favourite motifs in a piece of literature is that of the unreliable narrator and Owen’s is a compelling one Nick Braeburn is a complex character with a shady past which he refuses to share fully with us On just page 6 of the novel he states that he and his ex girlfriend broke up “for reasons I don’t really want to go into here” This means we immediately know that the narrator is intentionally keeping things from us and must be on high alert throughout for signs of evasion or manipulation Soon after this Nick becomes ill and tells usHe the doctor told me he could prescribe something for me but it wouldn’t work with my regular medication so I would need to switch to something else instead of that for right now 29Nick does not go into any further detail about what medication he is on or what it is supposed to treat Therefore we are left with the uestion of why Just as he did with his break up he is intentionally keeping information from us meaning we scrutinise his every word for signs of trickery When pairing ideas of an unreliable narrator and medication the obvious conclusion is that of mental illness meaning we are now wary of his behaviour as well as his perspective on the story he is telling He even openly admits that his retelling of events may not be strictly accurateIt’s strange looking back now how even after so long I can remember so clearly all these incidents and dreams and nightmares and scraps of conversation – or maybe I can’t maybe I’m just covering over the gaps between memories like a blanket pulled tight warm and reassuring across a bed 80This is something that we must consider when reading any piece of writing narrated from the future but it is interesting that Owen has his narrator explicitly consider such notions However the author doesn’t just use the content of his novel to cast shadows over the integrity of his narrator he also uses his style of writing For example Nick is a very jealous man and Owen makes this clear when he writesWell good Good that he protected her Of course that was good But why were they away for so long Where had they stayed If he was protecting her presumably he must have stayed with her at night stayed in the same room as her 136Here the author uses his writing to illustrate the racing mind of Nick as he struggles with his jealousy The use of short sentences – one after the other – broken sentences and repeated uestions speeds up the tempo in which we read so that we mimic the frantic voice of Nick This gives us a better understanding of his mental state which can be thought of as worrying and aggressive as we wonder how he will act on these emotionsThe Weighing of the Heart also explores ideas surrounding the city of New York and the effect it has on people The author explores a popular idea attached to New York when he writesWhat appealed to me about New York was what appealed to me about art itself – it was a place where I could pretend that the gloomy half light of my hometown the exhausted indistinguishable streets stretching out endlessly into the void had uite simply never existed; where I could decide who I was and who I wanted to be and nobody would ever be able to challenge it 14The notion of the ability to reinvent oneself in this city can be seen in countless works of literature conc

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The Weighing of the Heart won the People's Book Prize for fiction 2020Following a sudden break up Englishman in New York Nick Braeburn takes a room with the elderly Peacock sisters in their lavish Upper East Side apart. The Weighing of the Heart by Paul Tudor Owen has undercurrents of romance crime thriller and dark mystery yet it defies the conventions of each of these genres The author’s deft touch in presenting his protagonist’s thoughts and actions encourages uestions about reasoning and veracity – glimpses into the shadows of mostly ordinary behaviourThe story opens with a statement I disagreed with – something that turned out to be a valid reaction“Sooner or later everybody comes to New York”Thus we are introduced to Nick Braeburn a self centred yet apparently likeable English artist who has made his home in America He has recently broken up with his girlfriend Hannah Through a fortuitous set of circumstances he is offered a compact room in the well located home of wealthy sisters Marie and Rose Peacock Nick is looking back on this period of his life narrating what happened The voice employed is vaguely regretfulThe elderly but socially lively Peacock sisters own a number of properties in the city One of their tenants is another artist Lydia who rents a tiny apartment next to the Peacocks’ generous space Lydia has recently separated from her husband Hector The sisters view this development with regretEarly on Nick explains why he came to New York City“What appealed to me about New York was what appealed to me about art itself – it was a place where I could pretend that the gloomy half light of my hometown the exhausted indistinguishable streets stretching out endlessly into the void had uite simply never existed; where I could decide who I was and who I wanted to be and nobody would ever be able to challenge it”To reinvent himself in this way reuires funds which he sets out to acuire by whatever means necessary Although capable of empathy – he intuits when he breaks simple if unspecified house rules – he appears to lack certain moral boundaries If an opportunity presents itself he has no scruples about following through to gain personal advantageNick observes Lydia as she goes about her day to day activities and over time they become friends Growing at home in the sisters’ apartment occasional behaviours he briefly mentions appear out of kilter Casual actions raise uestions but so slight as to leave a residue of doubt that something may be amiss Was I looking for intrigue where none existedLydia meets Hannah; Nick meets Hector; Lydia is offered opportunities in her artistic career Warnings flash briefly as jealousy raises its ugly headThe art created by both Nick and Lydia is inspired by stories and beliefs from Ancient Egypt These affect Nick particularly He looks out for his ba and is calmed by his scarab He is disturbed by the appearance of bees – the tears of a kingNick’s behaviour remains elusive despite his good fortune in so many areasThe various threads and suggestions are woven together with just enough occasional background to provide explanation The taut prose and skillfully employed metaphors add to the lure and tensionCleverly constructed and hard to put down this was an intriguing and satisfying read I will be recommending it widely

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The Weighing of the Heart Winner of the Peoples Book Prize 2020Hopes will bring them together they both begin to unravel and each find that the other is not uite who they seem Paul Tudor Owen's intriguing debut novel brilliantly evokes the New York of Paul Auster and Joseph O'Nei. The Weighing of the Heart is a wonderfully written novel by Paul Tudor Owen Its one that essentially follows the main character Nick who truly starts off as a very likeable character and appealing to all of those people around him However throughout the slender length and with that a well paced storytelling skills Nick's character starts to fall apart His character becomes the central focus as it seems that there is a lot than what is shown with a lot of uestions of his past and the little details that pop up Its because Nick is such a character that it makes the story develop in a way that when the decision to go through with a wrong act leads both him and his girlfriend Lydia start showing their division Their characters span out to how they cope with the whatever guilt they haveAs charming as Nick's character is drawn out its the central focus on a piece of artwork called The Weighing of the Heart that dives into Egyptian mythology and becomes something that in some ways haunts Nick and with that it further emphasizes on the elements of this picture that builds up the story and how the choices that Nick and Lydia make actually matches up to the whole Weighing of the Heart ceremony I had to do a little research here to clear some things up It ends up corresponding to the issues of different values as well as the concept of right and wrong This is a refreshing element to useOverall The Weighing of the Heart is a good read It starts off fairly lighthearted and uickly becomes something of a romantic story but takes a turn into something of a thrilling mystery as the possibility of success gets thrown into the euation and how far someone will go to meet an end At the same time the thrilling elements intrigue as Nick's character starts showing and of the lesser side and he starts viewing his world in a comparison to this obsession over The Weighing of the Heart Its a very uniue reading experienceScore 455