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The world my wilderness Hardcover – 1 Jan 1950


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  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1st edition (1950)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002219271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002219273
  • ASIN: B0000CHN05
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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THE villa, facing south, stood above the little town and port, on the slope between the sea and the Foret de Sorede. Read the first page
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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful By KCT on 10 Jan 2011
This old edition of looked rather grubby when it arrived.
I settled down to read it and noticed that there was alot of white dust/muck in the angle of the pages. Decided to clean it up the next day when to my horror a "bug" began creeping across the page towards me. I sealed the book in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer and there it remains. the wild life should be extinguished but I am not sure what state the book will be in.
I am experienced with insects and second hand books but have come to the conclusion that Book Barn had given me very poor value for money.They obviously don't check their stock or make sure they are in saleable condition. I will not order from them again. "Barn" is obviously all too appropriate. Can Amazon do anything about this for me?
Meanwhile, I still look forward to reading this novel about post war life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A fascinating main character 18 Mar 2004
By Hoodlum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Not as strong as The Towers of Trebizond but a great read nonetheless. This is the novel that Macaulay--one of a number of now relatively unsung British women novelists of the 1950s who were so good (inc. Barbara Pym, Pamela Hansford Johnson, et al.)--wrote after her friends thought she'd given up novel-writing. It's an absorbing tale. The central character is someone who grows on you and your heart aches for her. The novel well conveys a world that is now invisible to tourists visiting London: the wreckage and ruin, physical and human, in the period immediately following the conclusion of the Second World War. Things have changed; morality and religion are not what they were. Macaulay knew this London well and her sentences are well constructed, her writing clear and effective, often beautiful. It's a novel that is well worth spending time with.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Lost in the ruins of postwar London 4 Nov 2003
By L O'connor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Barbary has been living happily with her divorced mother in the south of France, and has spent the war years as a junior member of the Resistance. Apparently she has been involved in the murder of her French stepfather, considered by the Reistance to be a collaborator, so her mother banishes her to london to live with the father she hasn't seen since she was a young child. She escapes from the tedium of her father's very conventional household with her stepbrother Raoul, and together they explore the London bombsites, and meet the people who hide there, army deserters and black marketeers. Barbary longs to return to France and her adored mother, but will her mother ever forgive her for her part in her stepfather's death? Barbary is a fascinating character, a teenager old beyond her years, intense and fierce, and hopelssly lost in her father's narrow, conventional world. Not as funny as some of Rose macaulay's other novels, but a fascinating and absorbing story.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The World My Wilderness 25 Sep 2010
By Emily Hoche - Published on Amazon.com
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Book arrived in good time and in good shape. I am completely satisfied with this purchase.
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