- Paperback: 536 pages
- Publisher: Persephone Books Ltd (March 22, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1903155304
- ISBN-13: 978-1903155301
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.6 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Priory Paperback – March 22, 2003
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The other part of the novel's story concerns the servants: the indomitable Nurse Pye; Thompson, cricketer and womanizer; Betty; and Bertha. All live in Saunby Priory, a former priory turned country mansion.
Not a lot "happens" in this novel; most of the action centers around emotion. It's all about subtlety here. The novel's description on Amazon compares Whipple with Jane Austen; but really, I think she's more like Barbara Pym in the way that she treats her characters, exposing people's strength and weaknesses unashamedly. According to the note at the back of the book, The Priory was based on real people; so much so that the models for the Marwoods and others were not amused at the characterization.
There's a sort of Upstairs Downstairs feel to the novel (it was written thirty years before the BBC show), but ultimately the story belongs to the Marwoods, from tragedies to triumphs. And despite the fact that the book was written, and takes place, on the eve of a major catastrophe, Whipple infuses her novel with a sense of hope.
A good book for a rainy weekend with lots of cups of tea.
This book has a lot of strong points. It reads very well and the story keeps moving but the pace is never rushed. This is a story about family and about how times are changing for women, servants and the world. Even though the novel takes place on the brink of WWII, the author manages to leave readers feeling hopeful for the future of the family. The author creates the perfect blend of tragedy and triumph throughout the book. Also, Dorothy Whipple does such an excellent job with her characters because they are so well developed and all grow throughout the story that makes for very interesting reading. All of her characters are susceptible to human emotions such as jealousy, love, anger, lust, stubbornness and pride that create a bond between readers and the characters. The only plot line that I felt could have been better developed through the second half of the book was between Thompson, Betty and Bertha, which left me with little closure, even though it was realistic.Read more ›
Much has been made of comparisons between Whipple and Jane Austen, but I have always found her to be more like Elizabeth Gaskell or even Barbara Pym, a more modern author. She has an incredible talent for creating characters, but also for building the character through their emotions and thoughts. There is nothing hurried in her style, and no matter how long, her books are an absolute delight, completely rewarding.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book. It provides deep psychological insight into the characters, most of whom live lives of quiet desperation. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Paula W. Brown
Another wonderful story by Dorothy Whipple. At first glance one might think this is just a romance, but it really goes so much deeper. Read morePublished 11 months ago by chris Cunningham
I was amazed to find that many of these characters were based on people in the author's acquaintance. I bet she had to move out of town.Published 13 months ago by MissMommy
Great story line - typical Dorothy Whipple - love her style. I've read most of her books since discovering her about a year ago.Published 18 months ago by Dolores M. Perez
I was so pleased to find it is back in print and it did not disappoint. I had remembered this book from girlhood (I'm over 80) and it has had an influence in my lifelong mindset. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jennifer Riggs