The Daisy Chain Hardcover – November 18, 2009
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- Hardcover : 724 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1607620510
- Item Weight : 2.67 pounds
- ISBN-13 : 978-1607620518
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.75 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Norilana Books (November 18, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,130,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Her elder brother Norman is brilliantly gifted but suffers from a sensitive and depressive nature.
Sister Flora meanwhile aspires to mix with the gentry.
With an underlying moral precept of not seeking one's own glory, the Mays encounter tragedy and joy and improve as individuals.
This is a very long book (600 pages of close type) and although I wanted to know what happened, I don't think I could have got through much more! Some of the characters were a little too unbelievably virtuous. It may be compared to a 'What Katy did' for adults - and I'm sure that Susan Coolidge's saintly invalid Cousin Helen was based on crippled sister Margaret, dispensing words of goodness from her sick-bed!
It is also intensely didactic, which has prevented me from recommending it to very many people, which is a shame. Because it's a kind of fraught and learned didacticism where people really suffer and have conversations about things like 'scrupulosity.' (George Eliot was a fan.)