Girl from the South
Not the best of Joanna Trollope's books.
(I seem to have thought all of the last handful of books I've read tobe not as good as others by the same author so this is quite possiblyme just not being in a good reading mode rather than all these authorsbeing not in good writing mode.)
I thought there were a lot of interesting themes and issues raisedbut none of them got explored properly and the characters weren'tfleshed out enough to make the story worth it without the themes. Thebook wasn't long en...more
Even if you've never read it, you might know the (tedious love) story already. Confused girl, confused boy, confused parents wondering how they've messed up their children so badly... yawn. Two dimensional characters that you can't care tuppence about, a boring plot and a curious way of really clinging like a dog with a bone to the clash betwee...more
But I didn't wind up liking the...more
Gillon was born and raised into a family who have always lived in Charleston, South Carolina but, much to their dismay she, unlike her sister Ashley, refuses to bow to the lifestyle expected of her. Her mother made some attempt to break free but married her hometown boyfriend and came back. Aged 30 and still unmarried, Gillon decides to go to London to work. There she meets Tilly, who works on a magazine and has a long-term partner called Henry. Tilly and Henry share a flat with William, and occ...more
From back cover:
"Gillon is an American Southerner, but definitely not a Southern belle. An art historian, she takes a job in London largely to escape the family and social pressures of her home town, Charleston, South Carolina.
Once in London, she meets Tilly, the features editor on an ar...more
It starts with a couple in London who have living together for a long time. One wants to move forward with more commitment; the other (Henry) may be losing interest. Then a woman (Gillon) from Charleston, South Carolina happens to meet one by accident in London, moves in as their roommate & provides a non-romantic catalyst for the man to decide to move to Charleston to further pursue his wildlife photography.
There were however, a few very insightful observations scattered among the text. Also, the writing style is straight-forward and easy to read. I am interested to read one of Trollope's more popular books...more
Reading other reviews it seems that many were disappointed in this novel and that her other books are better. I don't think I will be f...more
The main premise is why people fall in / out of love, which was treated with, what I felt to be slightly pompous philosophy.
I finished it, amazingly, though I was very tempted to put it down several times.
Joanna Trollope was born on 9 December 1943 in her grandfather's rectory in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England, daughter of Rosemary Hodson and Arthur George Cecil Trollope. She is the eldest of three siblings. She is a fifth-generation niece of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and is a cousin of the writer and broadcaster James Trol...more