View Of The Harbour
The war over, retired naval officer Bertram comes to a quiet fishing village intending to paint. Curious, and with that strangely unfortunate capacity to inflict lasting damage while trying instead to do good, he begins delving into every corner of the picturesque backwater. There’s a lot going on beneath...more
Bertram Hemingway, a retired naval man, was a newcomer to the town. He intended to spend his days painting views of the harbour. He enjoyed the company of women, he enoyed being involved in the life of the town, but he gave no thought to the possibility that some would read much more than he meant into the interest ...more
A View of the Harbour was Elizabeth Taylor’s third published novel. The setting is a delight, a rather down at heel seaside town, with a wonderful cast of characters. There is the invalided and irascible Mrs Bracey and her two daughters, lonely, widowed Lily Watson, living above the waxworks, who goes to The Anchor to break up the evening. Beth a writer liv ...more
So, what other readers see in this book? A brilliant study of a human loneliness? A moving story about perfectly not perfect people? Photo album with caught magic in every day life? I see it all in this great book. I am so much touched that is almost hard to write all I want to.
Someone could say it is just a story about a sleepy town, somewhere on English coast, s ...more
The lives of a group of people in a small seaside town just after WWII might not seem the most promising material with which to work, but in Taylor's expert hands it sings.
Anyone considering a career in wri ...more
I did not always find the psychology of the characters compelling, but the novel's quiet, shifting movement fascinated me throughout.
Nothing wrong with this, it just took me a long time to read it. It didn't hold my attention enough to get through it at any reasonable pace, and it wasn't uninteresting enough to put down. Faint praise I know. There was one very good storyline with good characters: Tory having an affair with her best friend Beth's husband, and Beth's daughter Prudence's take on it; and another storyline with Maisie and her dying mother that didn't go anywhere much that I could see - the book didn't quite seem t...more
It doesn't seem like very much happens in this book, but it actually does. It's my kind of book, but it left me quite empty, so that's why three stars. I enjoyed Taylor's writing and I look forward to reading other novels by her but...
This novel is about a small town in the coast, now in decay, and it starts with the arrival of Bertram Hemingway – a former sailor and now fully dedicated to painting, without much success – to this little town. I really loved how Taylor describes de character ...more
It is set in a Cornish harbour town not long after the second world war.
It portrays a picture of a certain time.
It is fairly slow moving but I suspect the characters will stay with me for a long time.
Elizabeth Taylor is a good author and if you like her perhaps more well known books then you will also like to read this to find out more about her as an author.
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I like the ending at the ...more
Subtle, understated, marvellously well-characterised and exceptionally haunting, I'm pretty sure this book will stay with me.
In 1936, she married John William Kendall Taylor , a businessman. She lived in Penn, Buckinghamshire, for almost all her married life.
Her first novel, At Mr ...more