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Preview — The Sea House by Esther Freud
The Sea House
The architect Klaus Lehmann loves his wife, Elsa, with a passion that continues throughout their married life despite long periods of separation. Almost half a century after Lehmann's death in the village of Steerborough, a young woman, Lily, arrives to research his life and work. Pouring over Klaus's letters to Elsa, Lily pieces together the story of their lives together...more
Please read what I am about to say carefully.
The extremely common phrase "thank you" is merely a shortened version of "I thank you."
"You" is the direct object; "thank" is the verb. The phrase is made up of two words.
Are you paying attention? TWO ZARKING WORDS.
It's not "thankyou", it's "thank you".
Is it really that hard of a concept? NO. It's not.
But time after time your characters said "thankyou", a word which is only correct when used as an adjective or a noun.
As I read the book I worked out that there were two ways it could end: romantically or realistically. It was the latter. (Way to ruin my faith in happy-ever-after, Esther Freud.) But I wouldn't have minded so much if it was just that the realistic ending was less happy - because although the male MC in 1953 didn't ge ...more
I was hoping for a diversion for the academic work that has been fatiguing me, but keeping tracking of the unnecessarily convoluted story-line was too much work.
Some of the writing is very lovely and has a lilting quality. The book's binding too is attractive, especially the thick, smooth pages.
I had significant hopes for these characters, to delve into the m ...more
Whether this is what Esther Freud intended, I'm not sure, but I was not looking forward to the first half of the book. I dragged myself through it, noting the various characters and their surroundings and the world of art and ...more
The story is told in dual narrative. We ...more
The only other title I have read by this author is Hideous Kinky and I have to admit I enjoyed it more than this one. I found it took me a long time to get into the story and appreciate how the two time periods linked together.
Lily is a young woman studying for a degree in architecture and for her thesis is researching the life and work of architect Klaus Lehmann. She has in her possession aiding her with her studies love letters from Klaus to his wife Els ...more
So lag das Buch also einige Zeit ungelesen im Regal bis ich es vor kurzem entdeckte und mich voller Elan an's Abarbeiten des SUBs machte....
Lange Rede, kurzes Fazit:
Interessantes und vielschichtiges Buch mit einem Ende, das mir leider nicht so ganz gefiel.
Sehr gut gefallen haben mir allerdings die Zei ...more
though i wouldn't read it again, i liked it because it inspired me to go to places. Unknowns and uncertainties could lead to self-discovery. Someday, I'll do the same thing as lily did.
In 1979 she moved to London to study Drama, going on to work as an actress, both in theatre and television, and forming her own company with fellow actress/writer Kitty Aldridge - The Norfolk Broads. ...more