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Life Regained: Diaries, January 1970-December 1971
Frances Partridge is the last remaining survivor of the legendary Bloomsbury group. She began to publish her diaries at the age of seventy and they were immediatlely hailed as an unexpected literary event. This is the sixth volume.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 31st 1998 by George Weidenfeld & Nicholson
(first published 1998)
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Just two years here, mainly taken up with visits to friends or holidays abroad (either travelling with others or staying with friends). She was a good diarist, sharp observations sometimes of other people's behaviour. The circles in which she moved are quite complicated to follow, with all their intermarriages and connections: at least the later volumes of diaries include a dramatis personae and footnotes, done less intrusively than the many interruptions to the text which were in the earliest ...more
Aug 28, 2008 John rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anglophiles, Bloomsbury fans
It would've been helpful to have been at least somewhat familiar with the Bloomsbury group at the outset, which I was not. Otherwise, the personae become overwhelming partway through - in spite of a given (partial) Cast of Characters, and footnotes on others (averaging one per page, often more!)
All Partridge's diaries are good. Full of sharp thinking and bright talk. This one isn't perhaps her best. She's unsettled here, the estrangement from Julia Strachey is only part of her problem. She takes trips to Russia, Italy and Corfu and gets much pleasure from seeing Janetta marry Jaime.