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A truly delightful book,
This review is from: The Fountain Overflows (VMC) (Paperback)
This is a delightful read. It is set in the early 20th century and is loosely based on parts of the author's own life and tells the story of the Aubrey family from the viewpoint of one of the daughters, Rose.
They are a gifted, highly cultured and literate family, but as poor as church mice. The mother, Clare, was formerly a celebrated concert pianist while her husband, Piers, the disgraced son of Irish landowners, is utterly charming and brilliant but an inveterate gambler.
Despite their limited means they really are the most hospitable people who willingly share what little they have with their guests and anyone who is in need of help.
Every character is painted vividly, from the hapless elder sister Cordelia, who insists on playing the violin despite her lack of talent, obvious to all other family members, to their awful cousin, Jock, who grossly exaggerates his Glaswegian roots and, despite his comfortable income, keeps his wife and daughter so short of money they are obliged to take in sewing to make ends meet.
There is, however, no sense of self pity or misery in this book. Aware that they are misfits at school, the children all accept their poverty as a temporary setback, convinced that when they grow up they will be sufficiently able to earn for themselves and to provide for their parents. Even their long-suffering mother constantly counts her blessings and extracts pleasure from the world around her.
In fact it is thoroughly uplifting read.