- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Persephone Books Ltd; New edition edition (22 Mar. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1903155029
- ISBN-13: 978-1903155028
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.7 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Consequences Paperback – 22 Mar 2000
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Every character in this book is well drawn - there are no stereotypes included only to further the plot. The motivations of each, especially her sister and brother later in the novel, are believably extracted, and the ending leaves one gasping at the sheer brilliance and captivation of what has preceded it.
Alex Clare is awkward, naive and over-sensitive, and you feel the suffocating burden of her family's expectations, and then the crushing weight of their disappointment as she rejects the only suitor that offers to marry her. It is an excellent feminist exploration of Victorian family life, women's lack of rights, and the opressiveness of religion and morality, as Alex decides the only option left to her is to join a convent. You begin to wonder if she might not have fared better trapped in a marraige with a man she did not love.
It is not an uplifting read, but the passion with which Delafield writes must have been explosive when it was first published in 1919, and I believe it remains an important asset to the women's rights movement. An incredibly moving and thought-provoking read.
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I am a big fan of E.M. Delafield's very funny 'Provincial Lady' books, which describe the life of an upper middle class country wife running a home, lecturing to the Women's... Read morePublished on 14 April 2011 by L O'connor
I didn't like 'Diary of a Provincial Lady', which as I recall is all about the servant problem, but I found this one very readable and, in the end, moving. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2011 by Merryn Williams