The Ecliptic

Situated on a Turkish island, Portmantle might be the strangest, most exclusive artists colony around Its brilliant residents linger for years, all expenses paid and living under assumed names Relieved of the burdens of time and ego, they are free to create their next masterpieces.Elspeth Conroy a.k.a Knell is a Scottish painter who has been at Portmantle for a decSituated on a Turkish island, Portmantle might be the strangest, most exclusive artists colony around Its brilliant residents linger for years, all expenses paid and living under assumed names Relieved of the burdens of time and ego, they are free to create their next masterpieces.Elspeth Conroy a.k.a Knell is a Scottish painter who has been at Portmantle for a decade, a refugee from the hectic London art scene Her fellow longtimers include Quickman, whose sole book became a classic and paralyzed his muse MacKinney, a playwright who left behind her family and Pettifer, an architect obsessing over an unfinished cathedral The hermetic world at Portmantle shatters when the 17 year old Fullerton arrives at the gates, his provenance and talents unknown As Knell searches for answers, she reveals the path that led her to this place her intimate bond with her gruff drunk of a mentor her early successes and crushing failures a journey across the Atlantic and into the psychiatrist s office and a grand commission of astronomical significance What is The Ecliptic, and how does it relate to the life Knell left behind
The Ecliptic Situated on a Turkish island Portmantle might be the strangest most exclusive artists colony around Its brilliant residents linger for years all expenses paid and living under assumed names Relieve

  • Title: The Ecliptic
  • Author: Benjamin Wood
  • ISBN: 9781471126703
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.The Ecliptic: I had a good feeling about this book. The first time I heard about it was, unsurprisingly, on Twitter, when those with early review copies began talking about it in reverent tones, implying it would be one of the best novels of the year. Naturally, this excited me, and naturally, it made me nervous. But the excitement won out enough that I squandered a whole Waterstones gift voucher on the hardback edition, thinking as I did so, this [...]

    2. (3.75) Portmantle is a mysterious artists’ retreat center on a Turkish island. Our narrator, Elspeth Conroy (aka Knell), is a Scottish painter who came to Portmantle in 1962 after some struggles with mental illness. The first third of the novel is tremendously gripping and Gothic. The core of the book, nearly 200 pages, is a flashback to Elspeth’s life before. At last, after what feels like too long a digression, we come full circle back to Portmantle. I didn’t warm to The Ecliptic quite a [...]

    3. For the first quarter of this book, I sensed a mystery tugging at the periphery, but I couldn’t identify it, because of the hazy and sometimes dreamlike quality of the narrative, and the withholding of the book’s central focus. We are introduced to quite a few characters early on, in a secret, sequestered art colony on a Turkish island. Even getting there is fraught with secret code, from burning your passport, getting a Mission Impossible-ish direction to the island, and changing your name [...]

    4. The first thing that struck me about this book was how beautifully the writing flows. The storytelling is delightful and engaging. The premise that there exists a mysterious island retreat where great artists who suffer artistic-block can go sponsored to recover and produce one more masterpiece is intriguing. The main character is a likeable painter Ms Elspeth ‘Knell’ Convoy who provides us with a fascinating story in her development as an artist. Benjamin Wood has produced an exceptionally [...]

    5. First, let’s get this out of the way: what is the ecliptic? Briefly, it’s the way we imagine the stars attached to a giant invisible sphere surrounding the earth. “It’s a total fiction, really – just a construction we came up with to help us get our heads around the complexity of it all.”The same might be said about Benjamin Wood’s amazing novel. The construction is the isolated and exclusive artists’ colony at the Turkish island of Portmantle. There, artists eschew all ties to t [...]

    6. Every now and again a book comes along that is impossible to review faithfully without revealing a little too much. And just such a book is The Ecliptic. I urge you not to read too many GoodReads reviews. Just read the book. It's a poignant and compelling story of tortured souls - artists who have lost their muses - enjoying the enforced solitude of a remote island enclave. More than that, it's another glimpse into the dark imagination of Ben Wood who writes with a fluency and poetry that make h [...]

    7. I don't know how I heard about this book. It was just published in the United States in May (Benjamin Wood is British) and as I recall, I read a review or two and instantly requested it at the library. I loved it completely.It is about the lives of contemporary artists, a painter, a novelist, a playwright, and an architect. These four characters reside in an artist colony on a Turkish island. Becoming a resident involves a torturous path to acceptance but one requirement is that the artist must [...]

    8. When I first started this book I was worried it would be too similar to Wood's first novel because it covers very similar themes. In saying that, I think Wood pulled it off brilliantly. The story flows well despite the depth of the plot. I wasn't sure if I liked the ending because at first it felt like the generic 'd then he/she woke up and realised it was all just a dream'. But looking back I actually think it was a great ending. It made other details in the novel more substantial and gave the [...]

    9. I would have given this 5 stars but thought the ending was a bit of a cop out . spoilers !Set largely on an artists colony on a remote island in Turkey , the Ecliptic has many echoes of Fowles' The Magus .' How could I represent things that were themselves just representations of other people's representations?And how could I make them fit the themes of my design without contriving them?' ponders Knell, the narrator, a painter suffering from a block in her creative process.The world Wood has cre [...]

    10. What is an ecliptic? That is the first thing I wanted to know when I started this novel but, rather than look it up, I let its meaning take shape as the book progressed. It is "an imaginary great circle on the celestial sphere along which the sun appears to move over the course of the year. (In actuality, it is the earth's orbit around the sun that causes the change in the sun's apparent direction.)" This definition, by the way, comes 262 pages into the novel. The novel is about artists and the [...]

    11. Being an artist isn’t like other professions. It’s not a livelihood where the primary motivation for devoting one’s labour to it is for money or status or the simple satisfaction of a job well done or even making the world a better place. Certainly these factors influence artists during their careers, but the act of creating art is about realizing a vision and making something meaningful. The path to inspiration is elusive. Benjamin Wood’s novel “The Ecliptic” questions what drives, [...]

    12. Inspection of the cover, at least in my edition, is the first indication that this will be intriguing. An exploration into the artistic muse must have relevance, and craquelure upon closer look reveals pentimento underneath. Layers upon layers. Elspeth Conroy, a Scottish painter of terrifying genius and seemingly limitless vision, finds herself stymied, both inspirationally and on a personal level. Along with others of high reputation representing many artistic disciplines who are similarly bloc [...]

    13. I read this and Benjamin Wood’s first novel, The Bellwether Revivals, in close succession and in reverse order. It was an instructive experience. The Bellwether Revivals is not at all bad as a pageturning first novel, but I thought The Eleptic far superior. Reading the two back to back gave me a chance to observe at close quarters the intriguing spectacle of a talented young novelist refining his art. The Ecliptic is structured in an intricate manner, through flashback; and it ends with a twis [...]

    14. This book is beautifully written. I enjoyed the descriptive strokes. I also appreciated the premise of this book, and overall I liked it, but it really isn't my thing. Even though this was slow to start for me, I liked the journey. Some reviewers used the word "intelligent" to describe this and I'm not disputing that, but maybe it was a little too much so for my liking. I liked the exploration of disappointment and crippling fear, but I think I didn't fall for the characters. I wish I had.

    15. When a star dies it swells to a shimmering mass, collapses in on itself, and eventually bursts outward. That is an apt metaphor for my brain while reading THE ECLIPTIC.Mind. Blown.I hate to build up a book so much, but I must make an exception for this novel.The characters: highly sympathetic and unique. You will want to spend time with them, will want to learn about their pasts, and will wish them well in their futures. If you are a creative person of any sort, read with a highlighter; you will [...]

    16. I wanted to give this book 3.5 (not that three stars is bad) because it's a book I loved the ideas of, the prose of and the themes of. For me the last section felt slightly like a trick too far which whilst I could see why it's doing what it does also made me feel somewhat cheated for the time I had invested. That said the writing is excellent as I said I liked much about this book and liked it a lot.

    17. Didn't work for meA friend read Benjamin Wood's novel before me. After about fifty pages, feeling the set-up to be artificial and silly, I was tempted to give it up, and told her so. She replied that she too laid it aside at this point, but returned later to find a long middle section of considerably more substance, and a final thirty pages that simply stunned her. So I persevered, getting beyond the unsettling quality of the first 140-page section of the novel, which felt a little like the dead [...]

    18. A group of creative types (artists, novelists, architects playwrights, etc.), who are having trouble creating, receive sponsorships to live in an artists colony on an island off the coast of Turkey. Those living in this mysterious colony have no responsibilities other than to try to get their creative juices flowing again. They live under assumed identities until they feel they are ready to resume their former lives. Some of them, including the main protagonist Knell (formerly Elspeth), have bee [...]

    19. In the first third: an artist's colony, stylized and idyllic, contemplating themes of inspiration and artistic craft. In the middle third: a life history which often feels like a long parenthetical, wherein is revealed that the protagonist suffers severe mental health issues. In the final third: the aspects united, revealing (view spoiler)[the colony as a hallucination resulting from the aforementioned illness (hide spoiler)]. The voice is decent, overlong and overdetailed in a way that offers h [...]

    20. (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)On a forested island off the coast of Istanbul stands Portmantle, a gated refuge for beleaguered artists. There, a curious assembly of painters, architects, writers and musicians strive to restore their faded talents. Elspeth 'Knell' Conroy is a celebrated painter who has lost faith in her ability and fled the dizzying art scene of 1960s London. On the island, she spends her nights locked in her blacked-out st [...]

    21. There’s a corny old Victorian song (music by Arthur Sullivan of G & S fame) called “The Lost Chord”, in which an organist, idly tootling on the organ, happens on a sublime chord that he can never after recapture."I have sought, but I seek it vainly,That one lost chord divineWhich came from the soul of the organAnd entered into mine."Benjamin Wood’s book is of an infinitely higher order than this song, but the same idea, that great art comes out of a mysterious universe of truth not a [...]

    22. The Ecliptic by Benjamin Wood was published in hardback by Scribner on 2 July 2015, the paperback edition was published on 28 January 2016. The Ecliptic is Benjamin Wood's second novel, his first The Bellewether Revivals was published in February 2012.I'd heard loads of great things about The Ecliptic on social media and was really keen to read it. It did take a lot of tracking down, there aren't many bookshops around here, and my local Waterstone's didn't have it in stock. I was delighted to fi [...]

    23. The ecliptic is the path the sun *seems* to follow across the sky during the year. I say ‘seem’ because in reality, the sun does not revolve around the earth; it’s an illusion humans have that the sun revolves around them. Humans are good at thinking things like that, whether they are thinking about the universe or their personal situations. Elspeth Conroy is an artist; she came from a working class Scottish home, rather forced her way into art school, and accidently became a star of the a [...]

    24. I feel kind of ambivalent about this book. It was beautifully written, but ultimately unsatisfying for me. More complete review to come. Full review:This is the kind of book I have a hard time reviewing, because my feelings about it were so ambivalent. While there were things I liked I about it, there were things I disliked about it, and by the time I was done reading, I didn't have any really strong feelings either way. Spoilers to follow.I'll start off with the good: the writing is quite lovel [...]

    25. When you’re an artist and you lose your mojo, just how much does it affect you? How much of your daily life is affected? When your art is your life, how do you separate the two? In The Ecliptic, Wood takes us deep into the psyche of an artist and the intricate way in which they view the world.The story starts at Portsmantle, an elusive artist retreat hidden on a Turkish island. Portsmantle is a melting pot of people from all over with their talents lying in all different fields of the arts. He [...]

    26. Does it spoil your enjoyment of a novel when you predict the outcome of The Big Twist? It does for me. And I'm sorry to say I figured out the secret that The Ecliptic hides long before its eye-catching finale. But there is still plenty to admire in this ambitious, intricate and intelligent novel.In the opening pages we are introduced to Elspeth "Knell" Conroy. A noted Scottish painter, she now spends her days in a mysterious artist's refuge, concealed on a remote island off the coast of Istanbul [...]

    27. What an incredibly frustrating book. The protagonist is a pain in the arse, as are most of the characters. The parts of the story that delve into the artistic process are immersive and well-written and just fascinating, however. It's just the parts around all that - the stale plot contrivances (The framing device was unnecessary and had a tacked-on quality that was dismissed/accepted too quickly at the end; the meat of the book was far more engaging) and the dull characters and the protagonist's [...]

    28. I liked this pretty well, though it dragged a bit for me at times. As someone who is not particularly driven by an artistic muse or a muse of any sort, it got a little old reading about Elspeth's loss of muse. I think I find it difficult to read about any character's psychological breakdown.There were times when it reminded me of other books I've enjoyed: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach because of the examination of a genius who has psyched himself out and lost his game; and The Magus by Joh [...]

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