Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939 Paperback – 27 Nov 2003
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About the Author
Virginia Nicholson is the granddaughter of Vanessa Bell. A freelance jouralist and researcher, she is Deputy Chairman of The Charleston Trust. Her first book was Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden. Virginia Nicholson lives in Sussex.
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Of course, living outside of the social mores of society was liberating for many but, for those who had little choice in the matter, such as the children, it was often disorderly or neglectful. Caspar John, one of Augustus John's many sons, joined the navy after a life of no restrictions. It was his way of rebelling and looking for structure and he became very successful, becoming the Admiral of the Fleet and eventually being knighted and a member of the establishment in a way that would have outraged his parents.
Much of this book seems to recount behaviour which is self indulgent and often thoughtless, other parts make you applaud the tolerance and acceptance of those outside of the norm. However, often the ideal is not perfect in reality. Free Love sounds wonderful, but jealousy could rear it's head and, for women especially, having a child outside of marriage was not acceptable in those times. As always, it was women who suffered the consequences of bringing up the children and looking after the house with men often rejecting such domesticity as beneath them.Read more ›
When I say it's very readable I really mean it: I'm quite lazy when it comes to books, probably reading two 'easy books' (like chick-lit) to one of 'literature', and in terms of pleasure this falls into 'easy' even though it's actually quite intellectual. Win-win!
Being a relative helps. One gets a level of insight that is often facinating. But - and it's a bit of a big but - she can be too sympathetic. Too much is forgiven or brushed aside.
Her comments about Eric Gill is a case in point. Eric Gill, though a talented artist, had sex with children, including his own. If the book was judging artists for the quality of their art, there would be no problem. But Ms Nicholson investigates their lifestyles and such actions cannot be glossed over. A more critical approach would have made this a better book.
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Brilliant, eye opening and fascinating how the world has changed especially for women.Published 3 months ago by MRs S
This is a fascinating insight to the period between the wars. So many characters, full of incisive information. Read morePublished 9 months ago by david broad
Some of the press reviews captured what is so exhilarating about this book: The writing and subject matter are so uplifting and equal. Read morePublished 13 months ago by the lazuli
Great book but crap print version..too small type poor quality pages etc. Prefer pay a bit more for a book to cherish instead of a word slog read ! Read morePublished 14 months ago by peter golding
At long last....a book on the bohemians that does not drown in romantic or mystical prose. It was a time and a place that does not exist today as modern living suffocated it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ghost
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