My Animal Life: An Idiosyncratic, Observant and Wise Memoir by Maggie Gee

  • Vaibhav A. Dhamal Assistant Professor, School of Distance Education, Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University) Pune-411 030 (India)
Keywords: death, family, human life, memoir, soul.

Abstract

Maggie Gee OBE FRSL is a prolific and significant contemporary novelist. She is well-known as an original and versatile voice of modern / postmodern British literature. Her novels are critically well acclaimed and her literature has been compared with renowned authors like Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett and Virginia Woolf.  Maggie Gee’s importance as a modern novelist of present time is because of her stylistic innovations and her choice of issues / topics of novels. The political and social conditions of the contemporary time are realistically presented in her novels. She enjoys the language and writing in different forms, through which she wants to repay the mortgage.  She finds her life fascinating and beautiful but at the same time she is aware of its ending i.e. death.  So she wants to understand life and record her experiences for herself as well as for others.  Maggie Gee published her memoir, My Animal Life, in 2010.  By that time she was 62 years old and had plenty of life experience.  An author, who is quite observant, sensitive and grown in modern and postmodern world, had so much to tell us through her memoir.

References

Gee, Maggie. (2011). My Animal Life. London: Saqi Books. Print.
Kilic, Mine Ozyurt. (2013). Maggie Gee: Writing the Condition-of-England Novel. Bloomsberry. Print.
Gee, Maggie. (2002) (2012). The White Family. London: Saqi, Books and Telegram. Print.
Luper,Steven.,“Philosophy of Life” and “Philosophy of Death”
http://www.cambridgeblog.org/2014/02/philosophy-of-life-and-philosophy-of-death. Web.

Muller, Sandra. A Conservative Backlash in U K Publishing? The Case of Maggie Gee’s The White Family.Web.
http://literaryfield.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/SvL_Maggie-Gee-Backlash.pdf. Web.
Smith, Zadie.https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7897067-my-animal-life. Web.
Bidisha.https://www.thefword.org.uk/2010/06/my_animal_life. Web.
Hughes, Kathryn. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/may/15/my-animal-life-maggie-gee. Web.
MacKay, Sinclair.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews 7421617/My-Animal-Life-by-Maggie-Gee-review.html.Web.
Stockhausen, Sharron., 20 Things Every Successful Writer Knows
http://www.waltermason.com/2013/12/the-observant-writer.html. Web.

“A Sense of Completeness, of Understanding, Enfolding All Difference”: An Interview with Maggie Gee, www.oxfordjournals.org/page/6018/9. Web.
Derbyshire, Jonathan. (8 March 2010). "The books interview: Maggie Gee "My Animal Life". New Statesman.Web.
https://literature.britishcouncil.org/writer/maggie-gee. Web.
https://www.liferichpublishing.com/AuthorResources/Nonfiction/Differences-Between-Memoir-AutoBiography. Web.
Published
2018-02-02
Section
Articles