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Staying with Relations

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1930. English novelist Macaulay's early novels were noted for their wit, urbanity and mild satire. Staying with Relations begins: Catherine Grey, a young female, and, like so many young females, a novelist, went to America one autumn and lectured to its inhabitants on the Creation of Character in Fiction. Catherine was twenty-seven, but had, nevertheless, so far only publi ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Ecco Press
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Oct 16, 2010 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Loved the writing, especially the jungle descriptions, and the idea that characterization in real life doesn't work the same way as in novels. Also some interesting ideas about racism, classism, and colonialism. The story got a lot less engaging about halfway through, though.
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Rather shapeless and aimless, but entertaining nonetheless. The novel starts with Catherine accepting an invitation from her aunt Belle to visit her, her second husband Judge Cradock and their assorted children. From her first marriage Belle has a silly, beautiful and much spoiled daughter called Isie, recently married to architect Adrian Rickaby, a WWI veteran. Judge Cradock has 4 children of his own, Claudia, Benet, Julia and little Meg. Bizarrely, all these people live in a rococo palace in t ...more
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Emilie Rose Macaulay, whom Elizabeth Bowen called "one of the few writers of whom it may be said, she adorns our century," was born at Rugby, where her father was an assistant master. Descended on both sides from a long line of clerical ancestors, she felt Anglicanism was in her blood. Much of her childhood was spent in Varazze, near Genoa, and memories of Italy fill the early novels. The family r ...more
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