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ISBN-13: 9781349449491

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The recollected coast of Purbeck meant something very different to Butts than it did to Bell, Fry or Woolf; in an essay written in 1936 (though unpublished in her lifetime), she diagnosed in the Bloomsbury set an ‘all-pervading insufficiency. ” ’10 For Butts, the “real meaning” that was lacking in the wit and intellect of Bloomsbury was to be found in the sacred nature of the games her characters play; these are attempts to restore meaning in a world where, as she wrote, ‘halfbeliefs, suspended beliefs, agnosticisms, modernism, indifferences are becoming sensibly more impossible.

A moment missed, a moment to come. Or not coming. Or either or both. 18 Here we find two related notions that are crucial to Butts’s worldview and her work: a conviction that the breaking of an old way of life, and the materialism that comes in its wake, is a source of “dis-ease”; and that it might be possible to heal that illness and restore meaning if the world can be grasped in a new constellation. These two convictions create two sides to the variable translucency of Butts’s novels, two angles to which their structures might be turned.

There was something wrong with all of them, or with their world. A moment missed, a moment to come. Or not coming. Or either or both. 18 Here we find two related notions that are crucial to Butts’s worldview and her work: a conviction that the breaking of an old way of life, and the materialism that comes in its wake, is a source of “dis-ease”; and that it might be possible to heal that illness and restore meaning if the world can be grasped in a new constellation. These two convictions create two sides to the variable translucency of Butts’s novels, two angles to which their structures might be turned.

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