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Alva & Irva: The Twins W. .has been added to your Cart. Alva and Irva Dapps, eccentric twin sisters, never had an easy life. Their father died the day they were born, when his scandalous malfeasance at the post office was abruptly discovered. Their mother was oddly reclusive.

Alva & Irva: The Twins W. The girls themselves, strangely symbiotic, struggled with their sense of identity, and even more so, with their sense of place. And their city, Entralla, somewhere in-perhaps-Europe, is somehow symbolic of all places, all home-towns, and all sense of belonging.

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Edward Carey (born April 1970, in North Walsham, Norfolk, England) is a.Alva & Irva: The Twins Who Saved a City. p. 214. ISBN 978-0-330-39605-9.

Edward Carey (born April 1970, in North Walsham, Norfolk, England) is a playwright, and novelist. He has written several adaptations for the stage, including Patrick Süskind’s The Pigeon, and Robert Coover’s Pinocchio in Venice. His own plays include Sulking Thomas and Captain of the Birds. A re-creation of Entralla also appears in the story of Alva & Irva, since the twins of the book's title are the designer and sculptor, respectively, of their native city in miniature. ISBN 978-2-85940-781-0.

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the twins who saved a city. Introduction by August Hirkus: A New Statue for Our City. PART TWO: Alva & Irva. An Over-Protective Mother Once Lived on Veber Street. A Set of Female Twins Once Attended the School on Littsen Street. PART ONE: Dallia & Linas. A Love Story Written on the Ceiling of the Central Train Station. Interlude 2: Lunch, The International World Hotel. PART THREE: The World & Our City. A Postwoman from Our City Once Travelled the World Without Ever Leaving Our City. The World Loses Its Head. Interlude 3: Supper: Tectonic House, Television Tower, Le Grand Lubatkin.

Edward Carey is most decidedly a miniaturist. Miniature things move people," he remarks, two dozen pages into his second novel; and again, a similar distance from the end. His characters make models out of matchsticks or Plasticine; models more significant, in some eyes, than the things they represent. Alva & Irva is illustrated with photographs of a sculpture by the author, showing the sisters Alva and Irva Lina Dapps standing among the streets and buildings of their most significant creation, a model of their native city, Entralla. Entralla is a small central European city so ordinary, so unremarkable, that no one ever notices it's there.

Alva and Irva Dapps are identical twin sisters brilliantly portrayed living in an imaginary-but altogether imaginable-city. In this inventive tale of creativity, obsession, and passion, Edward Carey touches deftly on the fine line we all walk between fantasy and reality. A shining story about love and belonging, Alva & Irva takes the reader on an enchanting journey through a city of the imagination, with unforgettable heroines whose conflicting desires contain the seeds of both their destruction and their salvation.

English playwright Edward Carey's novel Alva & Irva is a spirited, inventive tale with a vein of half-ironic sadness running . Alva and Irva Dapps, eccentric twin sisters, never had an easy life

English playwright Edward Carey's novel Alva & Irva is a spirited, inventive tale with a vein of half-ironic sadness running through it that brings to mind th. 207 pp. Orlando, Fl. Harcourt.

Alva and Irva Dapps are identical twin sisters who live in the city of Entralla. Like the Emerald City, Gondal, and Brobdingnag, only one guidebook to the place exists, and this novel is it. Alva is an explorer who longs to travel the world. Irva is a recluse for whom stepping outside the house is an ordeal. Yet the twins feel each other's emotions, think each other's thoughts, love and hate and suffer as one--they cannot survive without one another. And thereby hangs an inventive tale of creativity, obsession, and genius bred by necessity. Together, the twins build a model of the city on a scale that might accommodate the desires of both sisters and comes to serve Entralla in a way its creators never could have imagined.

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Androrim
Describing this book is similar to describing being a parent to someone who isn't. There are many words that can be used, but none of them are sufficient. The Amazon description above tells all you want to know of the story before reading it (maybe too much).

Poignant is the closest I can come to explaining the tone of the book, but all is not as sad as that term might suggest. The twin sisters are unbelievably well portrayed by Carey. Alva's the want-to-be worldly one and Irva is scared of and by the world. Their interactions with each other and with their (ficitonal) town make up the story.

I had to look more than once at the picture of the author on the jacket. I could have sworn most of the book was written by someone much older. That isn't an "-ism" of any kind; there are some things in this world that can usually be described only by someone of a certain age and experience. I was amazed that he was born in 1970. I was also surprised many times that he is a "he" and not a "she" in his presentation of the sisters.

There are some blanks left for the reader to fill in. Sometimes this doesn't work well in a book, but in this case it adds to the pleasure. Like his Observatory Mansions, it's all about the people. Please read this book. It is a one of a kind.
Nettale
Alva and Irva Dapps, eccentric twin sisters, never had an easy life. Their father died the day they were born, when his scandalous malfeasance at the post office was abruptly discovered. Their mother was oddly reclusive. The girls themselves, strangely symbiotic, struggled with their sense of identity, and even more so, with their sense of place. And their city, Entralla, somewhere in--perhaps--Europe, is somehow symbolic of all places, all home-towns, and all sense of belonging. Somehow the twins become involved in making plasticine models of the buildings of Entralla, all the buildings, creating a gigantic model of the entire city. And somehow this comes to have cosmic importance, later, as certain tragic events take place.
The book is written alternately as a guidebook for tourists coming to Entralla, and as the memoir of Alva Dapps, the more outgoing of the two sisters. It comes complete with a detailed map, recommendations of where to stay and where to dine, which trolley bus to take to which destination; and the sad inner struggles of two odd and lonely girls who never belong anywhere.
Author Edward Carey is imaginative and insightful,but he doesn't always make things easy for his readers. Sometimes the account becomes almost too fanciful, too strained, even for the surreal medium in which he is working. The writing drags at times, especially in the travel guide sections. It was not easy for me to finish this book. However, it was certainly worth doing. Take the book for what it is, an extended meditation on the sense of place, an inquiry into what it means to belong--and you will find the book strangely moving and thought provoking. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
DarK-LiGht
This is a story of place. And it is one I found particularly touching. You will feel the same if you've ever walked aimlessly through a city's streets as you wondered what it would be like to live there, or - if you lived there - wondered what it would be to leave. Edward Carey has found the perfect metaphors for the alternate yearnings, to stay or go, in his characters Irva and Alva. But reducing them to symbols would be unfair. The warmth of Carey's writing prevents that. The real brilliance of his story, though, lies in how he manages to illuminate every emotional aspect of how we regard the places we are and may go, and he does so in such an unforced and natural way that we've hardly realized the depth of his contemplation by the book's end. His touch is light, but the feeling is strong.
The context of a guidebook for the unreal city of Entralla, complete with a street map and a recommended tour, frames the diary of Alva, the identical twin of Irva. As the twins grow up, they grow increasingly apart. Alva longs to travel and Irva turns inward. Alva's threat to leave her sister and their city plays out as the essential betrayal of anyone wanting to abandon their home. But Alva finds a reason to stay a while as she attempts to turn her sister from the retreat into herself, the smallest place there is. They take on the task of miniaturizing the city in plasticine; Alva documents the outside in photographs and measurements while Irva remains inside and sculpts. The tiny buildings "may not have been mathematically accurate, but they were, let there be no doubt about this, emotionally precise." It is emotional accuracy that matters.
"Miniature things move people." In Carey's world and in real life, it is because the perspective granted by things reduced focuses the emotions we associate with those things. Occasionally we are even made aware of the hundreds of other lives happening immediately around us. When Alva's and Irva's sculpture is reluctantly displayed to a scarred populace, both the smallness and the significance of the peoples' lives are somehow simultaneously grasped. These oppositions of place are difficult to hold in the same hand.
When the writer of this guidebook is revealed, the significance of small lives is once again emphasized and along with it the unavoidable bitterness of travelling alone in a vast world. This final revelation is devastating and beautiful in a novel full of contradictions. I don't ever expect to read any other book that so perfectly evokes my own feelings towards the places I have been.
Rayli
Edward Carey again manages to write a wonderfully gripping novel. I am not going to go through the whole plot outline of the book as it is all here for you anyway, but the story of Alva and Irva Dapps is more than just a story about twins. It is a story of lonliness and longing, desire and duty, and really it really shows that one seemingly insignificant event CAN have a great impact on society. This novel really takes the readers through an excercise of emotions. Carey makes the reader join in with Alva's tense desire to broaden her horizons, yet we also feel deeply for the pain felt by Irva. After reading this book we are almost able to taste the Entralla buns, and smell the plasticine on our fingers. Reading the story of Alva and Irva and their atmospheric home of Entralla is an opportunity that should not be missed.
Alva & Irva: The Twins Who Saved a City download epub
Genre Fiction
Author: Edward Carey
ISBN: 0151007829
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Harcourt; 1st edition (March 1, 2003)
Pages: 224 pages