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Beyond the Glass (Clara Batchelor #3)

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Her brief marriage over, Clara retreats to her parental home. Seeing herself forever imprisoned behind a glass wall of guilt and repression, she both longs for and fears the world beyond. The love affair she seeks as an escape cracks her delicate sense of identity and Clara descends into madness.
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Virago Press (UK) (first published March 1954)
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Beyond the Glass is the final novel in Antonia White’s series of novels which explore the schooldays, girlhood and early married life of Clara Batchelor, the daughter of a Catholic convert. I have loved these books and had been looking forward for some time to this instalment. It didn’t disappoint. Antonia White’s writing is brave and evocative, and endlessly compelling. The third novel in the quartet; ‘The Sugar House’ concluded with Clara and her young husband Archie agreeing to...more
Zen Cho
When I read The Lost Traveller I wasn't sure if it was actually a good book, or just a good bad book (i.e. a book I found it very easy to be interested in and enjoy reading). I think this, and The Sugar House (which I read together), are good books, though. Antonia White apparently thought The Sugar House the best of her novels; she might be right, but I found Beyond the Glass more interesting, because it was less depressing, if more tragic.

Hm, should be clearer. The Sugar House is about the mai...more
Clara Batchelor is a well-brought-up, upper class, Catholic girl from a highly respected family and recently got married to a charming young man of just as high a social stature. There’s only one problem; Archie can’t have children. The newlyweds decide quickly that the only way for either of them to be happy is to get the marriage annulled. Clara’s family doesn’t agree quite as much as she’d hoped but the church will agree to an annulment and that’s all that matters. Clara is then left to move...more
I wavered between 2 and 3 stars for this one, as I thought the first part of the book fascinating, about questions of support and challenges that the characters experience from their Roman Catholic faith and the bonds of family. Then it devolved into a treacly love story and then descended (literally) into madness. It felt like thinly-veiled autobiography combined with adolescent romanticism, and I couldn't wait for the last part to be over. I kept hoping for a return to sanity not only for the...more
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June Schwarz
Unlike the first three volumes in this quartet, The Lost Traveller is a pillowy, self-overwrought read. I found it a major disappointment, especially the first half. It was like White couldn't remember what it was like to be mad and recreated it from children's books and the London Illustrated News.
Danielle Lentz
What a great book- and such a brave thing for Ms. White to have written. Her description of her descent to madness is so real it's frightening- that it could actually happen and be so acutely remembered!
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Antonia White was born as Eirine Botting to parents Cecil and Christine Botting in 1899. She later took her mother's maiden name, White.

In 1921 she was married to the first of her three husbands. The marriage was annulled only 2 years later, and reportedly was never consummated. She immediately fell in love again with a man named Robert, who was an officer in the Scots Guards. They never married,...more
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