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Dans Un Jardin Anglais
Anne Fine
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Dans Un Jardin Anglais

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  52 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Lilith Collett lives in an Eden she is bent on destroying. If her family vex or thwart her in any way, the paradise of a garden that enchanted their childhood suffers for it. The vine, the rockery, the pergola - nothing at Cold Domain is safe from Lilith's ruthless slash-and-burn policy.
Enter Barbara’s astonishing Spanish suitor. A downtrodden daughter suddenly finds her
211 pages
Published 1995 by Editions de l'Olivier (first published 1994)
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Sophie Hannah
Very good book about a dysfunctional family - though a little too happy at the end for my liking! With that family, a happy ending would be almost impossible. But no one writes better than Fine about family tensions and resentments. She is a brilliant writer.
Ho acquistato questo libro perchè ho adorato l'altro edito da Adelphi di Anne Fine (Lo diciamo a Liddy?) ed era da tanto che lo desideravo. Vi dico subito che non è alla sua altezza, per me l'altro era di una perfezione entusiasmante. Era tutta una bastonata ed io che sono masochista ci andavo a nozze, mentre questo è ad alto tasso nevrastenico e si procede di bastone e carota. Lo ritengo, ad ogni modo, molto bello per i personaggi ben delineati e perchè ci racconta la "vita psicologica" di una ...more
Jun 19, 2009 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Relating the story of 4 grown children's uncomfortable relationship with their mother and their childhood home, this book raised a lot of questions about a mother's duties to her children and their duties in return to her, using their childhood home as an interesting metaphor and backdrop. A mother appears evil in her children's eyes for desiring independence from them, trying to sever her ties by hacking away at the garden where they had so many happy childhood memories. Several sides are told ...more
Jul 25, 2015 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alison Evans
A simply dreadful, unmaternal, widowed mother has 4 grown up children with issues, particularly around their idyllic childhood garden, which she is gradually reducing to a desert. However, the youngest daughter finds a wonderful fiancé and this results in major upheavals in their lives. Everything has improved by the end! Short and sweet, I enjoyed it.
Eva Serena Pavan
Anne Fine non si smentisce: anche in questo romanzo smonta uno per uno i misteriosi meccanismi che tengono insieme una famiglia e ne svela le morbose dinamiche. Inquietante, per chi è genitore. Ma molto molto divertente!
Jun 18, 2015 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, uk
In Cold Domain (tradotto in italiano come Villa Ventosa racconta la storia di una famiglia disfunzionale. Anne Fine ci presenta tutti i suoi personaggi con la sua consueta e graffiante ironia.
Mar 13, 2012 Claudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Altro stupendo esempio di come la Fine sia bravissima a descrivere le dinamiche famigliari.
Le eredità e proprietà creano sempre problemi.
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Though readers often find themselves inadvertently laughing aloud as they read Anne Fine's novels, as she herself admits, "a lot of my work, even for fairly young readers, raises serious social issues. Growing up is a long and confusing business. I try to show that the battle through the chaos is worthwhile and can, at times, be seen as very funny." In 1994, this unique combination of humour and r ...more
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