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Darkness and Day

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
When Sir Ransom Chace is reunited with his god-daughter Bridget, and her husband Edmund Gaunt, long dead secrets start to creep out of the wood-work.

Chace and Gaunt both have two daughters borne out of happy marriages, but both have also fathered another daughter out of wedlock.

As aging Chace debates age, life, and morality with his best friend and two daughters, he real
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Hardcover, 248 pages
Published December 1st 1951 by Trafalgar Square Publishing (first published 1951)
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Christy
Aug 23, 2015 Christy rated it it was amazing
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This is a review of the 2015 digital publication of Darkness and Day, which was written in 1951 by Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett. It is a slow paced psychological look at the life and past of Sir Ransom Chase, his relationship with his wife, his daughters and some disturbing, incestuous family secrets. The grim Oedipus-like storyline was way ahead of it's time, quite out-there even now, let alone in the early 50s.

The entire book is written in dialogue. It's a strange format, and this novel was a cont
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Nancy
Aug 29, 2015 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was a total surprise to me---not so much in its tone and content, but in my rather muted reaction to it.

I love early to mid-20th Century novels of manners and expected to be captivated by this quiet, slow-paced family story. Ivy Compton-Burnett's reputation also led me to expect a lot, but instead of finding the book contemplative, quiet and satisfying, I found it rather slow-paced and, ultimately predictable.

Netgalley provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for
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Stephanie
I received a copy of Darkness And Day from its publishers, Endeavour Press, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.

I love the elegant new cover for the reissue of Darkness And Day which, together with its Virginia Woolf quote of 'intense originality' convinced me that I had to read the novel. First published in 1951, Darkness And Day does have a certain period charm to it and might well appeal to fans of Downton Abbey. It is written as a series of conversations and discussions between t
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Lucy
Nov 14, 2013 Lucy rated it it was amazing
There is a sense in which all her mature novels are the same, in that her style and settings do not change, but each book brings a different set of characters, who while resembling previous old men, or children, or servants, are entirely individual. Bartle is probably the best of her cheeky-yet-vulnerable young menservants, Tabby is the dimmest of her housemaids, and Rose and Viola are wonderfully drawn children who can tell the devastating truth in the calmest way. This is one of the most inwar ...more
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Hypocrite Lecteur
Mar 29, 2016 Hypocrite Lecteur rated it liked it
"We can only try day by day to seem to be someone else."
Betty
Aug 19, 2012 Betty rated it it was ok
Shelves: england
Ivy Compton-Burnett came to my attention via a favorable review of a blogger (I forget which one). Alas, it could not have referred to Darkness and Day. It is written almost entirely in dialogue and you have to pay close attention to figure out what day it is, who is in the room, who is listening in the hall, what each oblique reference might mean...all in sharpish ironic tone in a feeble imitation of Oscar Wilde. It might have made a decent play, but as a novel it is pretty bad. I am surprised ...more
Austen to Zafón
I actually may have read this. Sigh. Getting older has it's pros and cons.
Letty
Jul 15, 2010 Letty rated it did not like it
It was like reading the bible... while drunk.
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Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett, DBE was an English novelist, published (in the original hardback editions) as I. Compton-Burnett. She was awarded the 1955 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for her novel Mother and Son.
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