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For when Chris rebuilt Baldry Court after his marriage, he handed it over to architects who had not so much the wild eye of the artist as the knowing wink of the manicurist, and between them they massaged the dear old place into matter for innumerable photos in the illustrated papers.But of late this universe unto itself cannot quite keep out an England altered by ambition and industry. Only a few miles away a "red suburban stain," Wealdstone, has somehow cropped up. And one day all is permanently altered--or, rather, revealed--when a Wealdstone resident comes bearing news of Captain Baldry. Mrs. William Gray is clearly not of Chris's wife Kitty and his cousin Jenny's class, as Kitty in particular makes her aware. "Again her gray eyes brimmed," Jenny observes. "People are rude to one, she visibly said, but surely not nice people like this." How is it, then, that this dreary, "dingy" woman knows Chris and knows that something has happened to him? And how is it that Jenny soon comes to see her as someone "whose personality was sounding through her squalor like a beautiful voice singing in a darkened room"?
In the remainder of this brief, perfect novel, a vanished (or repressed) past and its lost prospect of happiness comes to the fore. Rebecca West is best remembered for Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia (1941), but she displays the same vision--and a similar degree of realism--in her charged 1916 novel. Many readers will passionately regret the book's last twist, even as they know it to be artistically as well as historically true. --Kerry Fried --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I read it in a day and as soon as I finished, I wanted to re-read it.
The fourth, the hero's cousin who is the main narrator, is more complex, but she too became unconvincing to me by the end of the book.
This story is beautifully written and explores many themes, including classism, elitism, true love and hate.
This story not only reveals the physical and psychological effects of World War I on human beings, but also the distinction and separation of social classes.Published 1 month ago by Diana Miranda
A beautiful portrait of shell shock, misery, and true love. The real hero is Margaret. She loses her own happiness.Published 1 month ago by Jeanne D. Taylor
I found this book after reading "The Fountain Overflows" by the same author and enjoying it immensely. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lewis Woolston
This novel is short and tells the story of a WWI British soldier who returns from battle broken and with amnesia. He dooes not recognize his wife. She is just a fixture to him. Read morePublished 2 months ago by LouAnn LaJeunesse
This is a great read for those trying to better understand domestics at the time of the war.Published 2 months ago by Cassie Zeiner
Like nothing else. Incredibly precise descriptions of emotions. Beautifully insightful. It is an intense psychological study of the nature of love.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Before I read this, I had known of Rebecca West only through her famous book on Yugoslavia, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mike Robbins