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The Brimming Cup

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Published October 11th 2007 by BiblioLife (first published 1921)
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Oct 12, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-novels
This was another chance find at my favourite book store in the Virago Modern Classics series. It is rather good and the author, who I knew little about, is a remarkable woman.
Born Dorothea Frances Canfield (after the Dorothea in Middlemarch). The list of her achievements is impressive. She was a strong supporter of women’s rights and racial equality and managed the first Adult Education programme in the US. Her husband fought in the first war and she followed him to France where she organised w
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Feb 21, 2016 Jeni Hankins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve just read two wonderful books by Dorothy Canfield Fisher – The Home-Maker and The Brimming Cup. Fisher was an extraordinary person who brought Montessori-type child rearing to the USA through translating Montessori books, oversaw the first adult education program in the USA, and also influenced what America read through her role in the Book of the Month Club for 26 years. That alone sounds like enough of a to-do list for one person, but she also wrote 22 novels and 11 works of nonfiction. A ...more
Jul 03, 2014 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When I started this, and encountered the characters Neale and Marise, I was surprised and pleased. Here, I thought, is of all the unexpected things, a sequel to a book I rather liked, Rough-Hewn, which tells the story of the two characters' respective youths in alternating sections. Then I checked the publication dates, and found that Rough-Hewn was actually published a year later than The Brimming Cup, and so is actually a prequel, and not the original story. Interesting that Dorothy Canfield F ...more
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Feb 26, 2014 Jessica Rosner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book at least thirty years ago, and remembered that I loved it. My copy is falling apart, really. Binding is loose, it's covered in white butcher paper, pages are crumbling. The author was a favorite of my mothers. Now that she is losing her memory, is not herself, I wanted to re read this novel, and see if it still had anything for me; to connect with the person my mother used to be.
I found it as compelling as I had when I was a young woman. The way DCF writes about the struggles i
Dec 13, 2016 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last time I read “Main Street” by Sinclair Lewis, I discovered that it was not the #1 novel of 1921, but #2. Canfield’s “The Brimming Cup” got the #1 spot. So I thought I should check it out. I am amazed how similar the two are in content: the story revolves around a married woman living in rural America; both women begin to question their purpose in life; both are mothers; both have potential to “be” with a man other than their husband. I can see why Canfield’s was more popular as our heroi ...more
Aug 08, 2012 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Brimming Cup è la storia di una donna, moglie e madre, che, a un certo punto della sua esistenza, mette in discussione la sua vita e le sue scelte, e attraverso questo confuso e doloroso processo di ripensamento e riflessione raggiunge la sua maturità come essere umano.

Marise e Neale si sono promessi, durante il loro fidanzamento nell'esotica (!) Roma, di essere sempre fedeli a loro stessi e onesti l'un con l'altro. Dopo il matrimonio si sono trasferiti in un paesino montano del Vermont, Ash
Jul 01, 2013 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm a bit divided in my feelings for this book. It had me engaged, especially towards the end, but during the start/middle of the book, I was really annoyed with the main character Marise!

Some goods points on how other people perceive marriages/relationships, and what they're actually like!
Also an interesting description of how the turmoil and character of our inner thoughts, compare to the exterior personality others see.

The dilemma between being a mother/house wife, and a sophisticated big cit
Larry Tysome
This book annoyed me. Dorothy Canfield Fisher is a bright, experienced and spunky woman, but this novel was pretty dire. The subject is an interesting one for all of us, that of dealing with our neccessarily evolving relationship with our children and in particular how we let go before the unconditional and obsessive love we tend to demand from our children, (as we do everything for them in their very early years), risks turning into something much more self-serving as they get older and have le ...more
I got this book because I ADORE Dorothy Canfield Fisher. She is a wonderful writer. But I just couldn't finish this book. Interesting characters (as always in her books) The whole premise seemed to be if the main character Marise -- a wonderful, talented, vivacious woman who has chosen to marry and have a large family and live in rural Vermont -- has she wasted her life? A man comes to town who tries to convince her of this. I got tired of it so didn't finish. Perhaps some day...
Irma Walter
Lots of emotions, little action. Descriptions of family life of a hundred years ago usually send me running. I finished this one, though, and even gleaned a thought or two. Refreshing for the genre and time: the author takes us through several people's perspective of the same event, perhaps not persistently enough.
May 12, 2013 Leaflet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, e-book
I couldn't finish this book. Disjointed and meandering.
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Dorothy Canfield Fisher (February 17, 1879 – November 9, 1958) was an educational reformer, social activist, and best-selling American author in the early decades of the twentieth century. She strongly supported women's rights, racial equality, and lifelong education. Eleanor Roosevelt named her one of the ten most influential women in the United States. In addition to bringing the Montessori meth ...more
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