The Gates of Ivory
The Gates of Ivory is a 1991 novel by novelist Margaret Drabble. The novel is the third in a series of novels, following The Radiant Way and A Natural Curiosity. The novel continues the stories of several middle aged intellectuals introduced in the last two novels. The novel also introduces a new character, Stephen Cox who is loosely based on J.G. Farrell.
The novel includes metafiction reflecting on the choices Drabble made while writing the novel. The novel also includes a bibliography referencing a number of works which provide background and connections for the rest of the novel.
The novel's narratives that rotate between both the present and flashbacks narratives from each of the main characters. The novel also introduces characters from The Needle's Eye.
New York Times reviewer Linda Simon was disappointed with the novel, writing "intellectually stimulating and, as we might expect from Ms. Drabble, very smart. But ideas do not make a novel. Characters do." Publisher's Weekly describes the novel as "command[ing] awe even as [Drabble's] subject matter rouses immeasurable stores of pity and terror."
- ↑ Sutherland, John (1991-12-05). "Drabble's Progress". London Review of Books. p. 18. ISSN 0260-9592. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
- 1 2 3 4 5 Simon, Linda (May 10, 1992). "Rambo, Rimbaud, Which Is Best?". The New York Times Books.
- ↑ Prusse, Michael C. (2003). British and Irish Novelists Since 1960. Detroit, Michigan: Gale. ISBN 978-0-7876-6015-4.
- ↑ "Numbers Game". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
- ↑ "Fiction Book Review: The Gates of Ivory by Margaret Drabble, Author Viking Books $22 (480p) ISBN 978-0-670-84270-4". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13.