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Vanessa (The Herries Chronicles #4)

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The fourth and final volume of the Herries Chronicles, described as 'incomparably the best' in The Daily Telegraph is a love story of 'effortless brilliance' (Observer) which starts with the triumph of Judith Paris's hundredth birthday in the 1870's and then moves to the tragic disillusionment of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Set, predominantly, as before, amidst ...more
Paperback, 851 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Frances Lincoln (first published 1933)
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Jonathan
I wasn't really expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. I picked it up because of a chance inference from a webcomic I read (see http://namesakecomic.com), which caused me to search for a major work of literature whose protagonist is named Vanessa. Walpole characterizes using language I would find tiresome from most authors -- "he was the sort of XX who YY" kind of things; however, somehow he ends up portraying something subtle about century-old-English-cultural-norm YY as well as about c ...more
Stephen
A love that lasts forty-five years until death, a story of young love going wrong and finally right, with a tremendous sense of place in Cumberland and the English Lakes. I must have read this four times in the last 50 years.

If at all possible, find an edition with maps in the endpapers. Sense of place is crucial throughout the book, even in the parts set in London. Walpole is not the writer that the authors of some of my other "favorites" are, but this book works for me as high romance in a la
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Penny
Oh I have loved this series of books "The Herries Chronicles" Chronicling the lives of one family from the 1700s to the 1930s. From the 'Rogue' himself to Vanessa the Great Grandaughter. The depth of language is wonderful, describing the beautiful Cumbrian countryside and the feeling that the family had towards it is so comforting somehow! They had such wonderful, adventurous and bountiful lives! (totally fictional of course, but oh so grand!
I didn't expect to enjoy this series as much as I did,
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Simon
Fantastic concluding part to the Herries chronicle.
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Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole was an English novelist. A prolific writer, he published thirty-six novels, five volumes of short stories, two plays and three volumes of memoirs. His skill at scene-setting, his vivid plots, his high profile as a lecturer and his driving ambition brought him a large readership in the United Kingdom and North America. A best-selling author in the 1920s and 1930s, his works ...more
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