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Love, Nina) легли впечатления тридцатилетней давности от работы в 1982-1984 няней в доме Мэри-Кей Уилмерс, главного редактора Лондонского книжного обозрения. I can't remember a book that made me laugh more . . . At times [it] reminded me of Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle. Man at the Helm is a winner - It even trumps Love, Nina ( Observer) Nine-year-old Lizzie (our narrator) is the perfect conduit for her creator, just the right mixture of childhood innocence and incredulity for the necessary deadpan delivery of Stibbe's particular brand of comedy. Read it and be charmed ( Independent)

Summary and reviews of Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe Summary and reviews of Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe

Steering a ship effectively requires skills gained through training and experience. An expert helmsman has a keen sense of how a particular ship will respond to the helm or how different sea conditions impact steering. For instance, experience teaches a helmsman the ability to correct the rudder in advance of a ship substantially falling off course. This requires the capacity to anticipate the delay between when the helm is applied and when the ship responds to the rudder. Similarly, a skilled helmsman will avoid overcompensating for a ship's movement caused by local conditions, such as wind, swells, currents, or rough seas. If you liked 'Love, Nina' (and if you didn't, stop reading my review, we're clearly not going to get on), you will love this too. The book is told purely from Lizzie's perspective, I found this got very boring after a while. The characters have no opportunity to shine either, I found them all very flat and one dimensional. This book should have been amazing, but it just wasn't.

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It's got some sad tones underneath really, things like the girls traveling to London on trains on their own (aged nine and twelve) to get their mother's pills from the only doctor in the country that will prescribe them. It's not stated what the pills are but good hints indicate they are something like Valium. Tragedy for these girls, playing the parental role almost in role reversal.

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Divorce leaves an unreliable mother and her three concerned children adrift in an unfriendly village in this first novel from Stibbe, whose memoir ( Love, Nina, 2014) was an acclaimed comic debut.Netflix c Фэй Марси и Хеленой Бонем-Картер. А еще через год явился автобиографический "Человек у руля" . И вот прямо сейчас Фантом Пресс выпустил "Райский уголок", (Paradise Lodge, и я решила прочесть предысторию прежде, чем читать его. И я очарована. Read on and you might feel that the village, despite its horribly self-satisfied and small-minded inhabitants, has a point; for anyone expecting a jaunty satire on a closed community's reactions to a family of blow-ins will find themselves surprised. That comic edge is undoubtedly there, enhanced by a full-on display of evocative period detail (a fancy-dress parade to which Lizzie goes as Miss Decimal, dressed up in Bacofoil as a 50p piece; the comic Whizzer and Chips as a special treat; egg-and-bacon pie rebranded as quiche lorraine – this was the texture of a 70s childhood). However technology also allows for a multitude of smaller workstations in a classroom setting. Administrators network student workstations so that the instructor can launch individual scenarios at each station. Computer models are used to accurately simulate conditions such as wind, seas, and currents. Moreover, shallow-water effects or other hydrodynamic forces, such as ships passing close to each other, can also be depicted. A computer application records training sessions, complete with voice commands issued by the instructor which are received by the students via a headset. Although narrated by the adult Lizzie, the voice is still that of a nine-year-old and there gives emotional tug and pull between what a child sees and feels and what the wisdom and hindsight of adulthood give. The story begins when a young wife overhears a phone conversation that she should not have heard between her husband and I assumed his lover.This will alter her entire life.

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Man at the Helm is very dry—so maybe that’s just not my thing. I’ve seen it described as ‘hilarious’ and ‘laugh out loud funny’ but I didn’t get that from it at all. Sure there were some scenes that were humorous, but I didn’t laugh out loud at any point.

This book doesn't fit into a category easily. I found it to be very funny, but I felt uneasy and anxious pretty much the whole time I was reading it. The young narrator is compelling and the whole family is believable but odd. And endearing. Somehow they either laugh or accept with a shrug every crazy thing that happens to them, so I tried to, but I just kept feeling like things could spiral out of control at any moment. The kids articulate this feeling in their worry that they'll get sent away to a home because their mother isn't doing a good job of taking care of them. So I guess I took on their anxiety, and it was combined with my own outrage at the mother's inability to parent, but then I also took on their desire to take care of her. An odd set of feelings, but I guess that means that the writing took me on that journey. And again, moment to moment, a lot of it is very funny (albeit with a British sensibility, and there were times I thought I might not be getting some of the humor as it was referring to things I didn't know about). A brilliant find...It is full, free, outlandish. And I can't remember a book that made me laugh more. [Stibbe] doesn't take anything seriously. Or rather, she does, and yet her eye and ear for the absurd never desert her - they are part of who she is." - The Guardian (UK)

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