Publisher: Virago

When all times become one: A Fugue in Time

Posted February 19, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
When all times become one: A Fugue in Time

Rumer Godden, A Fugue in Time (1945) Rumer Godden’s storytelling style often involves shifts in time and point of view, sometimes within the same paragraph or even the same sentence. In A Fugue in Time, she made time-shifting the whole basis of the narrative, telling interwoven stories of three different generations within the same London […]

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A Regency puzzle: Troy Chimneys

Posted February 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
A Regency puzzle: Troy Chimneys

Margaret Kennedy, Troy Chimneys (1952) I’ve just finished Troy Chimneys, and already I want to read it again. This is partly to try to puzzle out the chronology, which is confused by a complicated multi-layer structure of diaries and letters bandied back and forth between various generations of different families — but it’s also because […]

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Goddesses in Every Woman: The Constant Nymph

Posted November 11, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 15 Comments
Goddesses in Every Woman: The Constant Nymph

Margaret Kennedy, The Constant Nymph (1924) Last month saw the birth of a wonderful event called The 1924 Club, which encouraged reading and posting about books published in that year. The result was a marvelous mix of titles familiar and obscure, from many different genres, giving an eclectic and sometimes eccentric snapshot of the literary […]

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A Visit to Barsetshire: The Brandons

Posted December 26, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
A Visit to Barsetshire: The Brandons

Angela Thirkell, The Brandons (1939) After reading Anthony Trollope’s Barchester Towers, I was curious to read some of the novels that Angela Thirkell set in the same (imaginary) county of Barsetshire. Starting in 1933 and extending through World War II and into the 1950s, she chronicled the lives and loves of several interlinked circles of […]

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