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Preview — A House Unlocked by Penelope Lively
A House Unlocked
The main occurrences of the 20th century are covered and the impact of those changes. Strangely though it seems to be a eulogy for the love of a now dead husband who would never have entered Penelope's life if it hadn't been for those changes.
Loved the description of the once perfect garden now in a state of disrepair with nature overtaking all those year ...more
I was also disappointed that there were no photographs in this book, despite its numerous references to them. I would much rather see a photo myself than to merely read a description of it.
Catching up with a big backlog of read books, hence very short writeups.
Not as good, or nearly as enthralling, as Oleander, Jacaranda, the memoir about Lively's childhood in Egypt, but still an interesting read. This bit of non fiction is basically a chat about all kinds of changes in the twentieth century presented as a ramble around her grandmother's Somerset home. It goes into a bit of a (gentlewomanly) rant in places.
Born in Cairo in 1933, she spent her early childhood in Egypt, before being sent to boarding school in England at the age of twelve. She read Modern History at St Anne ...more