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!Download Book ♬ What I Have Written ♫ A brief encounter between a married man and a woman from Paris sparks an intimate and erotic correspondence that becomes a release for their fantasies, obsessions, confessions, and investigations donated to The Smith Family charity Een Australische liefde, beschreven door drie partijen, met een beangstigend slot. What I Have Written opens with a lengthy section consisting of a narrative that was read by its author s wife after his sudden stroke The characters in this novella wear their disguised names lightly Avery is Christopher, the author Gillian is Sorel, his wife and Catherine is Frances, the woman with whom he exchanged increasingly erotic letters Sorel read it, and found that everything in it that she could verify was exactly true and thus was forced to believe that its emotional con What I Have Written opens with a lengthy section consisting of a narrative that was read by its author s wife after his sudden stroke The characters in this novella wear their disguised names lightly Avery is Christopher, the author Gillian is Sorel, his wife and Catherine is Frances, the woman with whom he exchanged increasingly erotic letters Sorel read it, and found that everything in it that she could verify was exactly true and thus was forced to believe that its emotional content was also true an intensely painful experience, since it appeared to reveal that he had despised her all the while she was unaware of it that he had desires that he had never shared with her from the very beginning of their marriage that when, after some months of sleeping apart and no longer speaking to her, he came to her, reconciled, and told her he loved her, this was but a calculated act, inspired by his affair in letters.Since, during the second part of the novel written by Sorel , Christopher is already unconscious and dying in the hospital, the only impression that readers get of him is as he seems as narrator of the novella It is not a flattering picture The writing is highly literary, but without lightness or charm the depictions of sex are totally explicit without in my opinion being arousing This makes the series of letters from Catherine to Avery that are included rather surprising His letters to her are not reprinted however, we can infer from her replies that, from friendly, she becomes increasingly charmed by him and finally passionate Yet nothing we have seen of Christopher so far indicates him capable of writing such winning letters especially since Frances appears especially in those of her letters reprinted outside the novella to be a woman of sensitivity, experience, and intelligence.The third part of the novel, written by Christopher s friend Jeremy, contains revelations that explain some things about the novella and its history These may explain some puzzling inconsistencies in Christopher Avery s character and especially in Frances Catherine s Sometimes she reveals a remarkable mind her letter of August 23 is quite charming I d rather like to quote from it at length but other times she s a clich sexpot The account of her first and only private conversation with Avery was so predictable it made me groan when it began, I thought I knew how it would run if Catherine was the model seductress and it did so exactly What I Have Written is a tangle of narrative voices, of multiple hands contributing to the writing John A Scott largely leaves sorting them out as an exercise for the reader Ultimately, the reader is likely to close the book with the feeling of having been manipulated, by some of the authors and especially by the author Does the payoff justify it Sadly, I d say no I enjoy an intellectual puzzle, but this one is neither deep enough to provide continuing matter for thought, nor neat enough to provide the consolation prize of relaxing pleasure Scott has largely sacrificed characters and subordinate themes in the service of a cold narrative game that doesn t repay much I am finding this a hard slog, but will persevere What I Have Written might be better titled What Have I Written What initially presents itself as a standard epistolary tale becomes something completely different This short novel my version has most generous margins and a large pleasing font can be read in one sitting, and perhaps better it is so any critical thought to it can be applied at the end The pacing is swift and the prose is perfumed with the author s poetical past.This is my second Scott and though I wasimpressed by N , What I Have Written might be better titled What Have I Written What initially presents itself as a standard epistolary tale becomes something completely different This short novel my version has most generous margins and a large pleasing font can be read in one sitting, and perhaps better it is so any critical thought to it can be applied at the end The pacing is swift and the prose is perfumed with the author s poetical past.This is my second Scott and though I wasimpressed by N , What I Have Written is thecomplete work It is tighter,focused though N s lack of focus was something I loved about it and content to let a few unanswered questions linger In 1996 it was turned into a film directed by John Hughes no not that John Hughes which has a respectable rating of 6.7 from 3 reviewers 1 critic at the time of this review It s a shame Scott s work is notwidely known He is one of few Australian authors happy to play with form and language What I Have Written is a remarkable example of an unreliable narrator and an exploration of the author s role in story Oh, and some of it is pretty much smut too, if that s your bag, you sicko