The Gate Clicked And She Was There She Had Never Looked So Frail, So Provocative She Had Never Been Purposeful Or Less Desirous Of Admiration They Went In Lily Was Genuinely Pleased After The Rambling Ruin At Home, Impossible To Keep In Order Even For Industrious Hands Than Hers, The Compact, Neat Little Home Was Delightful She Thought How Easy The Work Would Be She Was Not Meant For The Hardy Magnificence Of Manual Labour. Reading the signs of nature as one would read a tarot card spread It is the tragedy of the self absorbed that when the great moments of their lives go by in royal raiment with a sound of silver flutes, they are so muffled in self and the present that they neither hear nor see. This is the latest book by Mary Webb that I have read a couple of others still to add on here Since reading Precious Bane , I have been working through all the others and found none to reach the sublime poetry of Precious Bane and have found them variable in their quality This was one of the better ones, even if the illness that the main character succumbs to after her lover deserts her smacks a little of the self indulgent, rather than the spirituality it is clearly supposed to represent.Like all her books, though, the characters are so wonderfully wrought and so real, whether they are given to a spiritual communing with nature, or a meanness of spirit, which delights in the suffering of others And whether the plot and characters fully engage you or not, you are sure to come across at least ONE paragraph that will stun you with its ability to crystallise a whole narrative into a few lines and will punch you in the gut with its power Take this, for instance, describing the main character s simple, amiable brother and the object of his affections, who has been put upon by a puritanical father and, despite being able to hide it underneath a pretty exterior, is envious of all and delights in cutting others down to size Joe gazed at her over his large cup, with love, the
Rather melodramatic and didn t enjoy it as much as Mary Webb s Precious Bane The storyline was a bit predictable but the characters were very strongly portrayed I loved grumpy old Eli, dependable and thoughtful John and the self centred Stephen, who was always goin
From Mary Webb March 25, 1881 October 8, 1927 , was an English romantic novelist of the early 20th century, whose Hardyesque novels are set chiefly in the Shropshire countryside and among Shropshire characters and people which she knew. I got yet another book by the author of one of my absolute favorite books, Precious Bane Unfortunately, this one was very weird and only morbid curiosity made me finish it I wouldn t recommend this to anyone But read Precious Bane it s a wonder. Ah, I had to read this because it was by the author of Precious Bane, my favourite old classic tale This isn t as good, but still, the words are worth getting your tongue around as is the ancient and evocative setting. A trifle mawkish and fatalistic at times but some lovely, descriptive narrative I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading from this author.
- 288 pages
- The Golden Arrow (A Virago Modern Classic)
- Mary Webb
- 03 April 2019 Mary Webb