The Camomile Lawn
The plot is ...more
My appreciation of The Camomile Lawn was fed by three sources; one being the knowledge that this novel was written when Wesley was 72 and it was only her second novel for adults. The second was the novel's authentic immediacy; Wesley does not bother with many descriptive passages and she very quickly sheds the constraints of who said what. Thirdly, in 1984 at 72, Wesley has an amazingly sprite open-mindedness; an astonishingly frank outlook about sex. You might easily get the idea she may be spe ...more
The women in the story demonstrate in hectic abandon one of the untrumpeted taboos of history, that ...more
This book is World War II with sexy edges and a sexual liberation that people rightly or wrongly do not ever associ ...more
Because I read this when I opened the cover:
The Camomile Lawn
Mary Wesley was born as Mary Farmar in 1912
to an upperclass family and grew up a rebel
who believed that she was her mother's least
favourite child.Like many girls of her back
ground, she married for escape and her first
marriage, to Lord Swinfen, was brief.In 1944
she met Eric Siepmann,an unsuccessful writer
Along side that story is the more modern one of survivors of the earlier time, all on their way to a funeral of one of their own. Now the former "y ...more
Written in 1984 the language is obviously not quite contemporary, but see past that and you will find a beautifully crafted novel, full of surprises, twists and turns, which will keep you guessing until the end. The no ...more
I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.
I requested this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Open Road Media to allow me to read the eBook version of this book.
In the beginning of this book, five cousins - Calypso, Walter, Polly, Oliver, Sophy and the twins - are spending their holiday in their aunt house in a town in Cornwall. Their favorite place during this last summer holiday before the beginning...more
I first came across The Camomile Lawn in the early 90s when it was a must-watch television series. From an author whose literary career had only started when she was in her seventies, it was rather racy and had a cast of well known celebrities. I was intrigued to find out how it came across as a book when I'd already seen it on television.
In fact, I think the enjoyment of the book was enhanced by having a picture of the characters in my mind as the story enfolded.
The camomile lawn was just a pro ...more
As official edicts are issued, the young people plan on enlisting, except Calypso who is determined to be a socialit ...more
Her take on English society at that time is, i believe truly brilliant. If you read more than one of her books you will see how the characters from each book are all related in some way or another. The connections between each of the characters are so subtle. Just wonderful. Not ever ...more
Like the other Mary Wesley books I have read, this is mostly about posh people having posh person problems. However, the introduction of a war does have a somewhat levelling effect.
The Camomile Lawn follows the lives of a group of cousins as they make one last summer visit to their aunt and uncle in Cornwall, before they all go off to do various things in the second world war. Some of the characters are also seen in 1980s-set scenes as they travel to the funeral of one of the others, whose ident ...more
There were a few things that niggled, but they really weren't big enough to stop me saying that this is one of the most enjoyable books I've read this year.
(Also I found it much easier to pretend that none of the characters were related, because major squick factor otherwise. Do people still say squick? I am not down with the kids)
Anyway, if you like early-mid 20th century set novels among privileged youth, character driven novels, and double-timelines where we ...more
The writing style is somewhat peculiar as the story is told primarily through reflection of the past and rather stilted dialogue among and between characters. Wesley also uses her characters' thoughts, sometimes thoughts of mu ...more
She wrote three children's books, Speaking Terms and The Sixth Seal (both 1969) and ...more