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In Search of a Past: Manor House, Amnersfield, 1933-45 [Hardcover]

Ronald Fraser
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1 Sep 1984
Ronald Fraser, the internationally renowned oral historian, turns his attention to his own origins in this remarkable memoir. "In Search of a Past" gathers the recollections of the servants who worked at the manor house outside London where Fraser grew up. It was the place where his parents--one American, the other Scottish--learned to embrace the lifestyle of the idle local gentry. Fraser paints a vivid picture of a vanished interwar world. Sensitively recorded, the words of his family's former employees capture the texture of English "county" life as seen from below, woven into a background of their personal lives, their work and the social antagonisms they experienced.
Beneath their stories, however, the author glimpses another unspoken narrative--that of his own childhood. He submits to a course of psychoanalysis and delves into a past riven by confusing emotions and conflicting class allegiances. The result is an innovative, honest, and beautifully written account of the search for lost time, one that defies literary categorization.
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  • Hardcover: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books (1 Sep 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086091092X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860910923
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,267,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book makes an important breach in the walls of memory and penetrates its frozen silences."--Raphael Samuel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ronald Fraser is the leading oral historian of twentieth-century Spain. He is the author of several books, including "In Hiding, In Search of a Past," " Blood of Spain" and" Napoleon's Cursed War." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Meandering 26 Aug 2014
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Rather meandering and self-indulgent. Read on recommendation but found it very hardgoing.
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