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A Compass Error book. Sybille Bedford, OBE (16 March 1911 – 17 February 2006) was a German-born English writer. Many of her works are partly autobiographical.

A Compass Error book. Julia Neuberger proclaimed her "the finest woman writer of the 20th century" while Bruce Chatwin saw her as "one of the most dazzling practitioners of modern English prose. The Sudden View: a Mexican Journey - 1953 - (republished as A Visit to Don Otavio: a Sybille Bedford, OBE (16 March 1911 – 17 February 2006) was a German-born English writer.

Sybille Bedford, OBE (16 March 1911 – 17 February 2006) was a German-born English writer of non-fiction and l fiction books. She was a recipient of the Golden PEN Award. She was born as Sybille Aleid Elsa von Schoenebeck in Charlottenburg, west of Berlin, to Maximilian Josef von Schoenebeck (1853–1925), a German aristocrat, retired lieutenant colonel and art collector, and his German Jewish wife, Elisabeth Bernhardt (1888–1937)

Sybille Bedford was born in 1911, in Charlottenburg, Germany, and was brought up in Italy, England, and France.

Ships from and sold by P-TownBookSales. Ships from and sold by Mesilla Internet. Sybille Bedford was born in 1911, in Charlottenburg, Germany, and was brought up in Italy, England, and France.

A powerful and merciless book – a classic coming of age novel. – Hilary Mantel ‘The lure of the sensual life, the picnics, lobster salad, hock and seltzer and going to the opera, in Italy, in summer. – The Times ‘A mesmerising writer.

As the Second World War looms, Flavia is living in a small village in the South of France. A powerful and merciless book – a classic coming of age novel. – Nicholas Shakespeare ‘There will always be people for whom her books are part of their mind’s life, and people who are discovering her for the first time as if entering a lighted room. – Victoria Glendinning ‘Sophisticated. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

A Compass Error - Sybille Bedford

A Compass Error - Sybille Bedford. A Compass Error is a juxtaposition of two tales: one, a new story, Flavia’s, faced alone with a new life and an onslaught of new people; the other a version, a compressed repetition, not a summary for ‘new readers begin here’, but rather, as painters allow themselves to do, the same subject taken in a different light and on another scale.

A compass error : a novel. by. Bedford, Sybille, 1911-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by sf-loadersive. org on June 20, 2011.

Sybille Bedford's A Compass Error is a moving and fascinating novel. Her portraits are razor sharp and individual and she views the world with wit, irony, and cool restraint

Sybille Bedford's A Compass Error is a moving and fascinating novel. There is a notable element of suspense which is cunningly sustained, both on a moral and a practical level, to the last page. Her portraits are razor sharp and individual and she views the world with wit, irony, and cool restraint. In, she gives a panoramic view of life where each action plays its part in determining events to come.

In A Compass Error, Sybille Bedford explores the cost of a terrible mistake

In A Compass Error, Sybille Bedford explores the cost of a terrible mistake. A coming of age novel it charts the dangerous territory that can exist between the teenage world and the dark adult world that seems so enticing. Sybille Bedford’s writing is really lovely, there is nothing wasted, it is intelligent and enormously evocative. I read A Favourite of the Gods years ago, so the initial rehash will be helpful to me!

A powerful and merciless book - a classic coming of age novel. The lure of the sensual life, the picnics, lobster salad, hock and seltzer and going to the opera, in Italy, in summer. A mesmerising writer.

You are in the New Zealand store. A powerful and merciless book - a classic coming of age novel. - Nicholas Shakespeare. There will always be people for whom her books are part of their mind’s life, and people who are discovering her for the first time as if entering a lighted room. - Victoria Glendinning.

Though it's a sequel to the novel A Favourite of the Gods, the coming-of-age tale A Compass Error makes a seductive introduction to the work of little-known, mid-century master Sybille Bedford. Flavia is 17, living alone in the South of France in the late 1920s, washed up like a bit of flotsam from the wreckage of her parents' lives.

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ISBN13: 978-1907970030

ISBN: 1907970037

Author: Sybille Bedford

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: Genre Fiction

Language: English

Publisher: Daunt (September 1, 2011)

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Rating: 4.4

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Rrd
I'm plowing my way through the Sybille Bedford collection of writings and this one happened to be next on the list. I've become quite fond of her peripatetic style of writing, weaving the semi-autobiographical stories among the well written travelogue of the 30's. Compass left me disappointed, unfortunately.

The story was somewhat repetitive of some of her earlier books, an autobiographical rehash. It did give some insight into the direction her libido was taking her as a teenager, alluding to the passion of her affairs with strong, older women. She might have elaborated more on this aspect of her awakening but perhaps felt constrained by her generational decorum.

For the Sybille Bedford devotees this is a must read; all others may want to take a pass.
Rrd
I'm plowing my way through the Sybille Bedford collection of writings and this one happened to be next on the list. I've become quite fond of her peripatetic style of writing, weaving the semi-autobiographical stories among the well written travelogue of the 30's. Compass left me disappointed, unfortunately.

The story was somewhat repetitive of some of her earlier books, an autobiographical rehash. It did give some insight into the direction her libido was taking her as a teenager, alluding to the passion of her affairs with strong, older women. She might have elaborated more on this aspect of her awakening but perhaps felt constrained by her generational decorum.

For the Sybille Bedford devotees this is a must read; all others may want to take a pass.
Quttaro
Compass is an engrossing,fascinating novel.It is also rather absurd. It's a sequel to Favorite of the Gods and once more we meet Constanza and her daughter Flavia.This book belongs to Flavia.I must admit ,I find Flavia a self important prig .The weirdest part of the book is a long section in which Flavia essentially narrates the plot of Favorite of the Gods allegedly right after an erotic encounter. Now people respond to sex in different ways but rarely do they dish out 90 page tales about their parents.But I suppose in the circles Flavia travels in , this is typical.Bedford is a writer of great skill .She is cultured and super sophisticated.Yet, while her intelligence can't be questioned , her judgment definitely can be.She seems to imagine that Constanza is a brilliant woman.I found her to be rather dreary and conventional.As for her final love interest Michel, I gather Bedford sees him as a paragon of intelligence,courage and wisdom.Instead he comes across as a masochistic elitist fixated on his nobility.

What happens in the book? Flavia realizes she is a lesbian and get's involved with an artists wife and then Andree ,who is basically a female version of Iago.She is so consciously bad it's ridiculous.She turns out to be Michel's wife and is determined to prevent him from marrying Constanza, even though she doesn't want Michel back.In order to pursue this goal , she shamelessly manipulates 17 year old Flavia.

It is a rather hysterical, weird book.It's a pleasure to read because Bedford is so articulate and intelligent that you go for it even though you know it's a bit cracked.
Quttaro
Compass is an engrossing,fascinating novel.It is also rather absurd. It's a sequel to Favorite of the Gods and once more we meet Constanza and her daughter Flavia.This book belongs to Flavia.I must admit ,I find Flavia a self important prig .The weirdest part of the book is a long section in which Flavia essentially narrates the plot of Favorite of the Gods allegedly right after an erotic encounter. Now people respond to sex in different ways but rarely do they dish out 90 page tales about their parents.But I suppose in the circles Flavia travels in , this is typical.Bedford is a writer of great skill .She is cultured and super sophisticated.Yet, while her intelligence can't be questioned , her judgment definitely can be.She seems to imagine that Constanza is a brilliant woman.I found her to be rather dreary and conventional.As for her final love interest Michel, I gather Bedford sees him as a paragon of intelligence,courage and wisdom.Instead he comes across as a masochistic elitist fixated on his nobility.

What happens in the book? Flavia realizes she is a lesbian and get's involved with an artists wife and then Andree ,who is basically a female version of Iago.She is so consciously bad it's ridiculous.She turns out to be Michel's wife and is determined to prevent him from marrying Constanza, even though she doesn't want Michel back.In order to pursue this goal , she shamelessly manipulates 17 year old Flavia.

It is a rather hysterical, weird book.It's a pleasure to read because Bedford is so articulate and intelligent that you go for it even though you know it's a bit cracked.
Marelyne
It's the 1930s and 17 year old Flavia is living alone in the South of France while her mother and her married lover are travelling; a charmed existence, her days devoted to studying for Oxford punctuated by swimming and eating out. She has grand plans of an academic future.
Then she is taken up by various local people and falls in love with the duplicitous Andree...Flavia's subsequent lifestyle traces back to these early events.
She observes as an adult "when one's young one doesn't feel part of it yet...everything is a rehearsal...to be put right when the curtain goes up in earnest. One day yoy know that the curtain was up all the time. That WAS the performance."
Marelyne
It's the 1930s and 17 year old Flavia is living alone in the South of France while her mother and her married lover are travelling; a charmed existence, her days devoted to studying for Oxford punctuated by swimming and eating out. She has grand plans of an academic future.
Then she is taken up by various local people and falls in love with the duplicitous Andree...Flavia's subsequent lifestyle traces back to these early events.
She observes as an adult "when one's young one doesn't feel part of it yet...everything is a rehearsal...to be put right when the curtain goes up in earnest. One day yoy know that the curtain was up all the time. That WAS the performance."
Inertedub
Bedford's sequel to "A Favorite of the Gods" again takes place in that charmed era "between the wars," when movement between countries was easy, artists, writers and scholars congregated in a tourist-free South of France, and one seemed able to live well on pennies. The story opens with the 17 year-old Flavia being left quite alone in St. Jean, as her mother goes off with her fiance (as soon as he gets divorced, that is) and the family's faithful maid returns to Italy. Flavia lives a solitary, regimented life of study for university exams until taken under the wing of the wecoming Therese, who presides over a home with her children, a famous, tempermental artist-husband, and numerous unidentified lovers. Flavia soon becomes one of these, slowly realizizng that she prefers women over men, although it is "understood" that given her age she has had no experience of the opposite sex.

All this is portrayed by Bedford as perfectly innocent and normal, until the malicious Andree arrives on the scene. Flavia falls hard, not realizing who Andree really is, and none of her new found friends sees fit to enlighten her. In a new forward, Bedford asks whether Flavia really knew in her heart, and chose to ignore her instincts. Bedford readily admits that it may seem improbable that Flavia wouldn't find out, but nevertheless this is the moral dilemma she presents.

I won't give anything else away--all this is more or less described in the forward--but what is disturbing about this tale is the weight of responsibility for her actions that all place squarely on Flavia's shoulders. I saw the story quite differently. Flavia is an odd mix of sophistication and innocence, left on her own, prey to all. Why is not Therese responsible for seducing her? Why isn't Andree judged to be fully responsible?

I won't say more, but I found my owm moral compass disturbed as I read Bedford's novel. She's a beautiful writer; the more autobiographical the story, the better she is. But a reader needs to shed his or her 21st century notions of how teenagers should be protected (or at least how one would like to protect them) and what the responsibility of adults is, to enter fully into the story.
Inertedub
Bedford's sequel to "A Favorite of the Gods" again takes place in that charmed era "between the wars," when movement between countries was easy, artists, writers and scholars congregated in a tourist-free South of France, and one seemed able to live well on pennies. The story opens with the 17 year-old Flavia being left quite alone in St. Jean, as her mother goes off with her fiance (as soon as he gets divorced, that is) and the family's faithful maid returns to Italy. Flavia lives a solitary, regimented life of study for university exams until taken under the wing of the wecoming Therese, who presides over a home with her children, a famous, tempermental artist-husband, and numerous unidentified lovers. Flavia soon becomes one of these, slowly realizizng that she prefers women over men, although it is "understood" that given her age she has had no experience of the opposite sex.

All this is portrayed by Bedford as perfectly innocent and normal, until the malicious Andree arrives on the scene. Flavia falls hard, not realizing who Andree really is, and none of her new found friends sees fit to enlighten her. In a new forward, Bedford asks whether Flavia really knew in her heart, and chose to ignore her instincts. Bedford readily admits that it may seem improbable that Flavia wouldn't find out, but nevertheless this is the moral dilemma she presents.

I won't give anything else away--all this is more or less described in the forward--but what is disturbing about this tale is the weight of responsibility for her actions that all place squarely on Flavia's shoulders. I saw the story quite differently. Flavia is an odd mix of sophistication and innocence, left on her own, prey to all. Why is not Therese responsible for seducing her? Why isn't Andree judged to be fully responsible?

I won't say more, but I found my owm moral compass disturbed as I read Bedford's novel. She's a beautiful writer; the more autobiographical the story, the better she is. But a reader needs to shed his or her 21st century notions of how teenagers should be protected (or at least how one would like to protect them) and what the responsibility of adults is, to enter fully into the story.
Ese
You have to read Favourite of the Gods first. Favourite is much better but you will have to read this one too to further explore this complex and courageous mother and daughter pair.
Ese
You have to read Favourite of the Gods first. Favourite is much better but you will have to read this one too to further explore this complex and courageous mother and daughter pair.