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Jassy [Kindle Edition]

Norah Lofts
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A strange and elusive child with powers of prophecy, she grew into an even stranger woman. From those around her she inspired love and admiration or furious hatred. Nothing in between. And somehow Jassy could transform even those who loved her into her enemies.
Barney Hatton, the disposessed heir of Mortiboys, loved her but not enough. Lindy, a servant girl who worked there, loved her too much. Elizabeth Twysdale, who taught Jassy her lsessons, hated her more with every passing day. And because of the people around her, the people who loved or loathed her, Jassy’s life was destined to be one of passion and anguish.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 416 KB
  • Print Length: 507 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tree of Life Publishing (13 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006M26AJ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 23 May 2012
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I was introduced to this book by my mother about 50 years ago when I was 14. It was then, and remains, one of my favourite books by my absolutely favourite author. The story is told in the first person by four different people, all with a different viewpoint of Jassy. Sadly, Jassy herself never tells her own story - although perhaps this is how it should be, she remains an enigma right through to the heartbreaking ending. If you read this (and I strongly recommend that you do) and remain unaffected by Jassy's fate - then you're not human!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Loft's treasure 5 Sep 2009
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"A strange and elusive child, with powers of prophecy, she grew into an even stranger woman"

This is the story of the mysterious Jassy "ugly and beautiful at the same time" - she's also a tragic figure, for her misunderstood talents make even her friends enemies, eventually. People fear what they don't understand.

It's not a happy-ever-after story, either - not for Jassy and her faithful Lindy, anyway - but it will live with you, long after you've finished it!

Enjoy ... it's a Norah Lofts gift to us ... well worth the reprinting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jassy - Nora Lofts 9 Oct 2013
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I love all Nora Loft books so was delighted to find it on Kindle. I thought it was out of print. I remember Margaret Lockwood starring in it 50 years ago!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars jassy 18 Jun 2012
By twinkle
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JassyGood solid stuff what you expect from Norah Lofts,if you have read a lot of her other books you can follow the foutunes of the characters. Because although the books are not a series, and can be read singularly,they are all set in the same area, with a cast of the same characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by a fabulous author 5 Dec 2012
By apuzzler - Published on
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Norah Lofts is my favorite author. I am excited to see more of her titles appearing as ebooks. Jassy's story is told through different people that come in contact with her during her life; a young man who rescues her from a dunking, this young man's nanny, a teacher who hates her, a friend she meets at school and a poor kitchen maid whom Jassy is kind to, but inadvertently causes Jassy to be charged with murder. Most of Ms. Loft's books are historical fiction, set at different times during English history and most are told about ordinary people, giving the reader an accurate insight into life in an ordinary English household.
4.0 out of 5 stars Norah Lofts at her best. 29 April 2014
By R. H. Downing - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I love Norah lofts, She brings history alive, as if you were there,
Generally her books are not a series(with some exceptions) but they
blend together as if it were one historical village or area.
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't write them like this anymore. 30 Jan 2014
By mnemosyne - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a huge Norah Lofts fan, and I own most of her books. "Jassy" continues a story first begun in "Nethergate." Nethergate is unfortunately not available as an ebook, but it is worth hunting up either here or at your local used book store. Ms Lofts often links her books in such a fashion, many of them centering around a Suffolk[?] town in England called Ockley, and another called Baildon. As you read her books, you get to know all the great houses in the area, and the people who inhabit them... and you get to know the commoners too. All share remarkably similar motivations; Ms Lofts understands human nature to a nicety, and her knowledge of English history and customs is beyond reproach.

So reading Nethergate first is a plus, but both books stand well on their own. Its just nice to know what happens to everyone you met in the first book :)

The central character Jassy is a person whom everything in life is set against from the start. She struggles to overcome her fate, yet in the end, despite all of her cleverness and wit, she cannot; she is doomed from the outset. Useful, talented, a good friend but really welcome nowhere, she struggles to find her place in life. Like all of Ms Loft's books, this is no bodice-ripper but seriously compelling historical fiction. It will still be a compelling read a century from now, because although we cannot stop the march of time, human nature never changes.
5.0 out of 5 stars A personal tale that is NOT narrated by the protagonist 17 July 2013
By Cynthia S. Haggard - Published on
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Jassy is one of those Norah Lofts novels set in East Anglia around the fictional town of Baildon, patterned on the real one of Bury St. Edmunds. So the landscape is bleak, flat and stark, and those of us who've lived in those parts remember that biting East wind in winter that seems to come straight from Siberia.

The landscape is a fitting backdrop for this story, which is at once stark, haunted, beautiful, noble and sordid.

Jassy is an outsider. To make matters worse she is female, and as everyone is well aware, strong, intelligent women often seem to be the lightning rods for society's frustrations.

And so it is here. Jassy is unusually intelligent and perceptive, and she carries herself well. She impresses people. But she has some qualities that put people's backs up. She has trouble governing her temper. She is the kind of person that things happen to. And she has powers of prophecy. Jassy is not bland, neutral or easy to ignore. People either love her or hate her. That is what makes her such a wonderful protagonist. It is also what leads to her downfall.

What is so striking about this book from a craft perspective is that none of it is in Jassy's voice, breaking the conventional rule that one gets from agents, that the best way of making a character vivid is to use first person.

In spite of the fact that throughout this novel we are NOT privy to Jassy's own thoughts via interior monologue and the like, the reader will come away from this knowing Jassy thoroughly.

How does Ms. Lofts do it?

The novel is written in four books, and each one is narrated by a different person, so that we get a collage of opinions and impressions of the protagonist. What I found really helpful was at the beginning of each book, Ms. Lofts has included a quote about Jassy from the person narrating the book, as well as an introductory sentence about that person. So Book One opens: GENESIS IN EXILE. "She was a local girl , of rather peculiar parentage..." So this story is told by BARNEY HATTON, who lived next door and took an interest in his neighbours. (Barney Hatton is a young man of around Jassy's age.)

Wonderful! It was a brilliant way to orient the reader to the narration that followed.

Book Two is narrated by Elizabeth Twysdale, who ran a school for Young Ladies.

Book Three is narrated by Dilys Helmar, a young lady of around Jassy's age, who escaped with Jassy from school and brought her home to Mortiboys.

Lastly, Book Four is narrated by Belinda Wicks, who is subject to Visitations.

All four of these people have strong reactions to Jassy, and it is through THEIR interior monologs as they try to puzzle her out that we learn so much about her. What a novel, and interesting way of writing about a protagonist.

If you have never read this book before, and you love absorbing characters, you should read it now! Five stars.
4.0 out of 5 stars Jassy 5 Jan 2013
By Jill Pate - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Good book I like Norah lofts. Would read more need to check other titles. Like the historical settings well done
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