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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Give not your heart to idols! I have sacrificed everything to an inordinate love!', 18 July 2012
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Exquisite read telling the life of John Barnard, a stern and righteous Norfolk businessman in the early Victorian years. Stuck in an unloving marriage with a wife becoming increasingly dependent on madeira; bereft after losing five children in infancy; disappointed in his eldest son who was sent down from Cambridge then emigrated; and in his daughters, spinsterish Euphemia, and Ellen, disfigured by a birthmark - he gives all his love to remaining daughter Mary. But he is unable to recognise her intrinsic selfishness and coldness...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sanity, Madness and the Family, 13 Dec. 2002
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A book to make you count your sorry blessings... This novel made me feel immeasurably better about my own poor unfulfilled life + regain a hope that I might still find another brief moment of pleasure- or that if I didn't I could still die relatively happy compared to all the unfortunate characters I've spent time with over the last 2 days. No one lives happy-ever-after. And yet one feels that they all deserved to in their own way and if only life could be as satisfying perfect + just- as we wish it would be... As anyone familiar with Sylvia Townsend Warner's work might expect, there's at least one succint observation to savour + chew over on each page... Don't be put off (if you would be) by the idea of a 'historical' novel- this is compelling stuff and at-times breathtakingly modern with regard to human relations. A 'good read' with as much astute human complexity as you want to dig for...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic, as the series indicates, 11 Feb. 2013
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On a superficial level this novel is entertaining but there are multiple layers which continue to reverberate afterwards. It is both very faithfull to its nineteenth century context and at the same time very modern in its approach to serious issues: art/life, sexuality and gender, religion, economics, cultural determinism etc. inflected through a mid-twentieth century perspective. A very early neo-Victorian novel?
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