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Statues in a Garden [Paperback]

Isabel Colegate
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (26 May 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140065458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140065459
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 10.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was during the summer of 1914 that all this happened,butit might have happened at any time...

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5.0 out of 5 stars A warning from history 13 April 2008
Statues in a Garden is set during the last, sun-drenched months before the outbreak of the First World War. We are introduced to the Westons - a family whose prestige and influence spring from a combination of intelligence, charm, wit and looks. Nothing would seem to ruffle the brilliant surface of their lives: rich, happy, beautiful - and all taken for granted, a God given right. But even before hostilities begin in the August of that fateful year, 1914, the Westons are forever ruined by the actions of two of the family's most intimate members. This magical book seduces the reader into almost accepting a state of affairs that is impermissable to any decent way of thinking. When the private becomes public all comes crashing down. A book whose stern warning is cloaked in a lovely, beguiling story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impeccably Written 4 Jan 2014
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Set during the summer months before the beginning of the First World War, Isabel Colegate's 'Statues in a Garden' centres on the Weston Family: Aylmer Weston, a member of the Liberal Party and part of Prime Minister Herbert Asquith's cabinet; his wife, the beautiful, indulged Cynthia; their grown-up children: Edmund, Violet and Kitty, and their adopted son, Philip, who is also Aylmer's orphaned nephew. Into this seemingly happy family, arrives the attractive Alice Benedict, as a governess/companion for Kitty who, as she prepares Kitty for her coming-out season, attracts the romantic attention of both Edmund and Philip. However, Philip, a good-looking but restless and unreliable character, is not serious about Alice - the real object of his affection is a woman who should be quite out of his reach, but he decides to pursue his objective regardless of the dangerous consequences. As the long, shimmering summer days pass slowly, and while Cynthia prepares for the wedding of Violet to Wilfred Moreton, the eldest son of a viscount, and Aylmer immerses himself in his political work, a threat to the Weston's life of order and privilege, works away in the background, finally erupting in a terrible tragedy...

'Statues in a Garden' is yet another beautifully written novel by the very talented Isabel Colegate who deftly shows how a life of wealth, authority and entitlement can come tumbling down when certain people do not adhere to accepted rules of behaviour. This is a subtle, yet rich and involving story, precisely and impeccably written and one to enjoy for the beauty of the language and the quality of the writing rather than the pace or intricacy of the plot.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Isobel Colegate 29 April 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed The Shooting Party, another book by Isabel Colegate. This one also sets the scene and time beautifully, but I don't feel the plot is as strong. Still, worth adding to my library.
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