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The Three Sisters

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Nothing in his previous experience had prepared him for it. In his big provincial hospital he had had it practically his own way. He had faced a thousand horrible and intractable diseases with a thousand appliances and with an army of assistants and trained nurses under him. And if in his five years' private practice in Leeds he had come to grips with human nature, it had ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published 1982 by Virago (first published 1914)
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This is the story of the three daughters of a clergyman, living lives that are terribly constrained, in a vicarage in a small town on the Yorkshire moors. You might think, particularly if you looked at the cover of the Virago edition, that those sisters were named Charlotte, Anne and Emily. But they weren’t.

These three sisters were named Mary, Gwenda and Alice, they lived in the early twentieth century, but the parallels that May Sinclair draws make it obvious that their lives were not so very d
Interesting that some have referred to the Bronte sisters when talking about this book, yes they are living in a vicarage near the moors. However this is more a book about decisions which you can make and how they can affect the rest of your life. How you may have one chance of happiness and how choosing to sacrifice yourself for someone can be the worse decision if you don't know as much as you think you do.
There wasn't really a character I liked, and I imagine that I'd have liked at least one
Legend has it that Hugo Dyson, a contemporary of JRR Tolkien, interrupted a fireside reading of one of the latter's works in progress with the exclamation "Oh no! Not another fucking elf!"

I felt someone might say to me, as I read this so shortly after Iris Murdoch's The Time of the Angels, "oh no, not another monstrously selfish widower C of E vicar with several nubile 20-something female dependents who he is determined to keep sheltered from the world!"

However, the overall intent here is quite
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Tra le colonne portanti del modernismo, May Sinclair è purtroppo in Italia un'autrice poco nota, per non dire sconosciuta: eppure Le tre sorelle è un romanzo dall'attualità eccezionale e dal dinamismo sorprendente.
L'archetipo del femminino - più che della femminilità intesa in un'accezione storica - si spiega in tre caratteri definiti con sorprendente nettezza e, a tratti, un cinismo anatomico.
Colpisce di queste pagine l'immobilismo apatico del fondale, se contrapposto alla tumultuosa interi
It takes considerable historical perspective to appreciate a book like this. The story is fine, the writing is at times gag-worthily florid, but in its day it broke new ground that we only take for granted now. So much of its awkwardness to a 21st century reader has to do with the baffling method of describing inner consciousness that by now we simply take for granted. In its time, this book was on the cusp of emerging conceptions of psychology and grappling with how to get those radically new i ...more
A weird, powerful novel with a flavour of the Brontes or Hardy - this got me hooked on May Sinclair and keen to read as much by her as possible.
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May Sinclair was the pseudonym of Mary Amelia St. Clair, a popular British writer who wrote about two dozen novels, short stories and poetry. She was an active suffragist, and member of the Woman Writers' Suffrage League. May Sinclair was also a significant critic, in the a
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