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5.0 out of 5 stars So pleased to have found this., 12 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: They Were Sisters (Paperback)
What a wonderful novel!! I could not put it down until I had finished and then wished I had savoured it. It illustrates how some family homes can become prisons and yet how others offer comfort and release. Dorothy Whipple shows acute psychological insight. Geoffrey is one of the most sinister domestic tyrants in literature and yet we never read about him physically assulting any of his family, they are all cowed by him and his mental manipulation.
By contrast Whipple paints William in few words, a man of few words himself, yet he shines with consideration and decency. The home he and his wife have made becomes a beacon of security for his wife's nieces. The one negative is that I was left feeling very uncomfortable about poor Margaret, the child who couldn't escape the clutches of Geoffrey. This poor young women, with her feelings warped by her father is left unrescued, a scape goat almost diverting his attention from her sister.
I will certainly read more of Whipple's books and will seek out the film.
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