Afterwords [incl. unpublished photos] (Shoestring Press 2006)
Alexis Lykiard's sequel to the widely praised Jean Rhys revisited proves just as distinctive and illuminating. Here is a further controversial memoir - a fascinating intimate verbal mosaic where prose and poetry, reminiscence and criticism, meet and merge.
Jean Rhys Afterwords forms part of an original journey - back into memory and forward towards a new kind of biographical writing - oblique yet direct, honestly committed yet properly subversive. These unusual experimental reflections summon up a whole host of elusive ghosts, literary survivals and survivors.
A moving imaginative voyage, Jean Rhys Afterwords also constitutes and continues a wittily entertaining critique of the obsessional nature of literature, the process and practice of 'creative' writing.
Alexis Lykiard throughout this eloquent work celebrates with insight and affection the inspirational genius of his friend Jean Rhys. A book for discerning readers and writers alike.
imaginative voyage, Jean Rhys Afterwords also constitutes and
continues a wittily entertaining critique of the obsessional nature
of literature, the process and practice of ‘creative’ writing.”
“Lykiard manages to combine enthusiasm and affection with high critical discipline and grounded literary appreciation. For lovers of Rhys’s work, this is an essential book.” [Alan Dent, Penniless Press]
“Well worth buying for its vigour and readability. An engaging, informative and very readable book.” [Kevin Bailey, writer & editor, Haiku Quarterly]