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Flowers on the grass

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
304 pages
Published April 5th 1971 by Heinemann (first published 1945)
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Haley
Apr 05, 2014 Haley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually am not one to review books outside of the star rating but, as this is my favorite book, I feel like this one garners some love. It's hardly a typical narrative since each chapter is told by a new narrator and the reader is never given insight to Daniel's own mind but I can say with confidence that this jumping from psychology to psychology and life to life is the reason I adore this book so much.
We follow Daniel from the loss of his wife onward and we see him grow through the eyes of
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Mjl
Nov 03, 2013 Mjl rated it really liked it
Not quite a 4star perhaps but certainly an interesting read. Ignoring the title which has little bearing on the cobtents, this is essentially a series of short stories revolving around a central character and the people who he interacts with throughout his life. Everything we learn of Daniel is based on the impression he makes on these others, written as it is from each of their viewpoints rather than his.

There are no morals to be relayed, no big life lessons or even a major event to act as a fo
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Mary
Mar 26, 2014 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I thought this was well-written, but not really well-constructed or thought through. The conceit of having a new person as the focus/third-person narrative of each chapter, but always encountering the character of Daniel was wearing and annoying. Daniel was a very unsympathetic and unengaging character and since he never allows anyone to really know him, there was nowhere for the novel to go. Ultimately, it was just rather dull.
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Feb 24, 2015 Denise rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring. Not going to finish it.
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From the publisher: MONICA DICKENS, born in 1915, was brought up in London. Her mother's German origins and her Catholicism gave her the detached eye of an outsider; at St Paul's Girls' School she was under occupied and rebellious. After drama school she was a debutante before working as a cook. One Pair of Hands (1937), her first book, described life in the kitchens of Kensington. It was the ...more
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“Doris was getting No. 4 ready for a new guest. The floor did not trouble her much, but she spent quite a long time on the taps and the veneered top of the dressing-table. Dusting and polishing she liked—things that showed—but those bits of fluff and dried mud at the bottom of the wardrobe she just pushed back into a corner. There was no means of getting them out, anyway, with that ridge at the front. Furniture was always made as inconvenient as possible. Doris was used to that.” 0 likes
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