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Daughters of Jerusalem Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Mendelson brings the claustrophobic scholarly atmosphere of Oxford beautifully to life, and produces some very convincing dialogue, and descriptions of people.Read more ›
'I mean....no, I can't...'
'But it's just....I...'
'Do you mean...?
The everyday trappings of daily life in this seat of learning - bicycles, college porters, cloisters - are not challenged, rather grudgingly accepted by the characters. I loved the sense of their terrible passions played out against this backdrop, where before them so many similar stories had surely been played out. Reading Mendelson's description of new love/lust was utterly refreshing, the madness, the sweating, the trembling expectation so easily disappointed only for hope to flare up once again. The family of Victor and Jean contains four desperately misunderstood people, seemingly unable to explain their needs or thoughts to each other, all careering towards chaos.
I would recommend this novel without hesitation. Charlotte Mendelson is a great new talent, brave and tense and aware.
However, the main story concerns Eve: the rejected, self-pitying, hopelessly socially-unskilled, diligent oddball, whose jealousy for Phoebe, her mother's favourite, has crossed into the realms of hatred. At times, Eve's role in the family and Phoebe's unbelievable malevolence seem almost caricatured, but in cleverly taking Eve's point of view, Mendelson manipulates the skewed teenage perception of a world in which she is Cinderella - or rather, perhaps, the Ugly Duckling - and everyone else acts the wicked stepmother. Eve's struggle to find a place in her family and in her own self-consciousness during the troubled period of adolescence is interrupted by the arrival of what she believes to be her prince charming.
Charlotte Mendelson's erratic, unusual characters are three-dimensional, and she skillfully moves between perspectives to give at least a brief glance of the inner thoughts of many.Read more ›
Victor's wife Jean, twenty years his junior, feels stifled at home and has a dreary job cataloguing the archives at St Thomas' College. She has one good friend, Helena Potter, a don at All Saints' College, whose specialism is insects - but this friendship is uncomfortable (to put it mildly) and full of problems.
The Luxes have two daughters. The elder, aged 16, is Eve, unattractive and clever (but, in her own opinion, not clever enough), and unappreciated by her parents. The younger one, Phoebe, aged 13, is prettier, unacademic, aggressively rumbustious, wilful, endlessly demanding, manipulative, malicious, extravagantly badly behaved, and yet (hard to understand) very much her indulgent mother's favourite, and bitterly and impotently resented by Eve. Whenever the sisters quarrel, their mother sides with Phoebe, and Eve is driven into paroxysms of masochism.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the fourth of this author's novels I have read. It's the story of the Lux family, who live in Oxford - four people whose experience of their shared... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. It is set in Oxford University and for me the descriptions of the University and academic personnel made me feel I was... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Katie Wightman
About over half of the book was irritating - the author seemed to be wrapped up in her own self-admiration of her style, I thought. The characters were repellent apart from Eve. Read morePublished on 9 May 2014 by Amazon Customer
I still have not managed to read half the book.
very difficult to read, but I will try harder.
So far nothing about Jerusalem..
Always liked her work. Hard to review as reading is so personal. but would recommend to friends if they wanted a book to read on holiday etc.Published on 19 Mar. 2014 by Shiri
If this book hadn't been a gift, I wouldn't have read it to the end. In fact, I wouldn't have read it at all, full stop, largely due to the main characters' lack of warmth or... Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2014 by Celia Fife