The Weather In The Streets (VMC) Paperback – 2 Mar 2006
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...the first writer to filter her stories through a woman's feelings & perceptions Anita Brookner She is immensely readable, acute, passionate, funny and original Elizabeth Jane Howard
* the sequel to AN INVITATION TO THE WALTZ
* a novel of searing honesty and a passionate portrayal of forbidden love
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The crits here mostly are impressed by the story, although I was taken as much with Lehmann's prose style. She had developed another way of using words to record the central character's passing thoughts: not really stream-of-consciousness, yet in some respects more grounded and convincing than Joyce's rhetorical brilliance or Woolf's internal conversations. There is an emotional complexity and utter plausibility to those thoughts.
The novel is organised into four parts, each seemingly alluding to a seasonal motif. The first takes place over two early spring days, introduces us to Olivia, and sees her future lover break the ice. The second stretches over glowing summer months, sketching in a sometimes hazy, sometimes crystal clear manner, their love affair. The third is a case of drab and cheerless autumnal weeks, when Olivia is marooned on her own and realises the affair's end is approaching. The last cold section, which starts in autumn and runs into winter, sees it finish and Olivia start to pick up the shattered pieces of her life.
A question worth pondering as you read. What is the point of the parallel between Olivia falling sick and being cared for by Ivor (her ex-husband), and at the same time Simon falling ill and being cared for by Anna (his ex-wife)?
On other web sites I have seen this book describes as 'dated' I can see where younger reviewers might be coming from, it was first published in 1936, certainly before I was born, and the customs and manners are almost as alien as those in the world of Jane Austen. The emotions aroused however, in the very heart of the heroine, Olivia, are timeless, not for nothing did readers continue to write to the author right up to her death saying' Oh Miss Lehmann you have written my story.'
The novel is a sequel to 'Invitation to The waltz' a slighter book but none the less important and as essential read if you are going to get the best of this one.
'Invitation' leaves Olivia gauche, naive and in the wrong dress, at an elegant ball where she finds a chance to be alone with the dashing, wealthy, upper class Rollo. This book picks up some years later with a meeting of the couple on a train to find a thinner, better dressed more world weary woman. Rollo is much the same. One of the themes permeating Lehmann's work, is that of the outsider looking in, this reflects her own real life experience starting when she was let down by a young man at Cambridge and continuing all her life where she seemed to feel she was not quite worthy of entry into the top drawer. This class theme is one of the areas that may seem to 'date' the book but in other ways it is strikingly modern. The abortion scene for instance, is as up to date as it gets, in terms of conflicting emotions and fear and was a scandal at the time.Read more ›
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A beautifully written book, some of the people I recognise, others not my sort. But on the whole it is a lovely story to readPublished on 31 July 2013 by Mrs. D. Drennan
Irritated by the main characters - even the chap's name, Rollo. 'Heroine' so poor that she has to clean out the lining of her handbag all by herself! Read morePublished on 25 July 2013 by tapper
Beautifully written, this book brings this period , between the wars, to life perfectly in its attention to detail and language.
A very good read.
I abandoned this after 40 or so pages, I'm afraid. It felt very dated and simply didn't hold my interest.Published on 3 Oct. 2011 by JoTownhead
When I received this book I was immediately put off by the cover saying it is the Bridget Jones of its day. Yuck! I nearly just dumped it. Read morePublished on 30 April 2010 by Dostoyevsky
First published in 1936 this book is extraordinarily modern, given that it encompasses the social and private life of a member of the distinctly upper middle classes, who might... Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2009 by Eileen Shaw
I loved the depth of feeling in this book, although it was based over 60 years ago is a fresh and entertaining book to read with a deep message to anyone about to embark on an... Read morePublished on 21 July 2009 by Mrs. Bridget A. Steele