|Title||:||Age Of Consent|
|Number of Pages||:||236 Pages|
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Age Of Consent Reviews
Norman Lindsay - Age of ConsentI liked this a lot! Funny and wise and particularly of interest to artists. Being as it is a novel by a very great artist, about an artist and the process of creativity. It’s about a man struggling to survive on his art in 1930s Australia. In a way, Norman is giving us the key to his own commercial success….but much more than that, he’s showing us how the creative mind works. His artist character is shy, awkward, loner of a guy with his doggie sidekick. He certainly doesn’t come across as genius material. He is however a kind and honest man, and that helps fate to help him in all sorts of amusing ways.The girl brings him exaclty what he needs…a subject. One that both inspires his best efforts and proves commercially viable. Seemingly paintings of nubile underage girls are easy to sell.Norman succeeds as a comic writer, because his boldly drawn characters are truly hilarious, and he combines them in very amusing ways. As well as being funny he’s also real and earthy and knowing. You could wince a little at the female characters…the wicked old (alchoholic) grandmother, the hysterical middle aged spinster, the simple but powerful girl. But you do have to respect their three dimensionality. The male characters are every bit as ridiculous and much less in control. Life rings true when it is ridiculous.The girl really is powerful! You look at Normans women in his art and they are always powerful! He likes bold physicality. This girl is not stupid, though not educated. She is struggling hard to escape her poverty prison, and the artist is her good fortune as well. She is very much the director of the action, if you know what I mean. He is hopelessly repressed and shy. She is a joyous affirmation of life to arise and thrive in the most adverse circumstances. Norman knows how the bottom half live thats for sure. He is very real! And his eyes are wide open to the gloriousness of the seaside landscape and its inhabitant.Lovely illustrations as well of course. You can see why it hasn’t been canonized though. Problematic to say the least….But hugely enjoyable.
Age of Consent, by Norman Lindsay, is a delightfully wonderful novel about a bashful painter and his lovely, ripening model. An Australian artist named Bradly, a sort of nomadic hermit, and his dog Edmund travel from town to town painting new landscapes. At the beginning of the novel and throughout it we find Bradly living on a tight budget, but this becomes a problem when he has an unexpected visitor that comes to stay. While painting landscapes in a new town he encounters a young woman that happens across the landscape he's painting at the time and he shouts at her to stop. He quickly paints her figure onto the canvas and reckons that the painting is better for it. Bradly is soon inspired to do more figure painting and as the book continues the so does he. There are many other characters and interactions throughout the novel that are very humorous and somewhat quaint. My first impression of Bradly was that he was a bit too gruff, I didn't understand why he couldn't be a happier chap, and I thought he neede to change, but as the book progressed and through his interactions with the other characters I started to identify more with this character than the other "normal" people and I started to think that the other characters needed to change. Hahaha! It was a good book.
One of my all time favourite books. I've read it many times. I have read it after reading something heavy, as this charming story is light and Norman Lindsay's description of his characters are complimented by his wonderful pen drawing style that reflects perfectly how he has drawn them with words.Lindsay may not have chosen that title in this era. It was originally published in 1938. The book was made into a film in 1969 starring James Mason and Hellen Mirren.
A curious case of serendipity brought me to read this book...on the internet I happened upon the trailer for a film from 1969 starring James Mason and Helen Mirren based on this book which I found is out of print.However, I dropped into my local charity shop and there; (as Bradly Mudgett would say) "Damme"...there was a lovely clean copy of the 1991 A&R paperback edition. And just for $1 !!First published in 1938 but banned in Australia until 1962 this is a charming tale of a curmudgeonly artist finding his muse in Cora Ryan (a girl below the age of consent).An old fashioned but amusing book illustrated by the author himself, whose love of of the female form is to be seen in the voluminous paintings that he has left us.I enjoyed it very much. (Note to self: Find a copy of the film!)
I found this novel a roundabout way. I saw a painting by Norman Lindsay on the web and liked it enough to look up its creator on Wikipedia. I found out that Lindsay was not only a successful painter, etcher, and sculptor, but also a novelist with multiple publications. It's a rare combination of talents, and I wanted to know more about the man.Wikipedia said that Age of Consent is semi-autobiographical and also that it was banned in Lindsay's native Australia until 1962, so I decided to read it. I had to order it used.I'm not at all sure why the book was banned. The most controversial thing about it is the title, which doubtless could not be used today, at least not on a novel like this one.I'm not going to explain why "Age of Consent" is an appropriate title, because doing so would be a spoiler, but I will state that there are no sexually explicit descriptions in the book. (The used book store I ordered it from had it shelved under erotica, which it is not.)The novel tells the tale of a forty-year-old struggling painter, Bradly Mudgett, who finds his perfect model in the person of a seventeen-year-old girl, Cora. She inspires him to try new techniques and subjects, revitalizing his art.The book is mostly lighthearted with dark undercurrents caused by its setting during the Great Depression and the presence of Cora's alcoholic grandmother. Bradly is constantly worried about money and possibly starving to death throughout the novel, and Cora's grandmother is verbally abusive and mildly physically abusive.The primary tone of the book, however, is one of humor. It's more frequently grin worthy rather than laugh-out-loud funny, but I enjoyed reading it. Lindsay is deft at skewering narcissists, the self-important, gossips, and those who babble on without saying anything. One suspects the author was a frustrated introvert in a world of extraverts, to which I can relate.I enjoyed reading about how a visual artist experiences the world, which is different from us more verbal types. Another highlight is the depiction of an artist in the throes of creation.The novel deserves to be back in print. I hope Lindsay's heirs make an electronic copy available themselves if no publishing company is willing to do so. If any of them stumble upon this review, it's not that big a job.PS: To those who have seen the movie, it keeps a few of the plot points, but the characterization is all different. The only character that stays the same between the two media is the grandmother.
I read this book because I have seen the movie. The movie follows the book quite closely which is pleasing!
Entertaining, with lovely illustrations and well written story of an artist and his muse has qualities of the fairy tale. First published in 1938.