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Keepers of the House

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Lydia, an Englishwoman, marries Diego, and they return to La Bebella, a dilapidated mansion on a neglected estate upon which years of drought and disease have taken their toll. Only Benito, her husband's retainer, remains and when her husband becomes depressed and a virtual recluse, Lydia has to take on the management of the estate. Benito recounts to her the past history ...more
Paperback, 243 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Virago (first published July 8th 1982)
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Feb 14, 2009 Melanie rated it really liked it
This is set in the Andes in Venezuela on a sugar plantation. It's the story of an English girl aged 17 who has recently married the Venezuelan owner of the plantation aged 36 while in London. She immediately feels at home on his newly restored lands, yet their relationship is more distant.

It's real charm is in the descriptions of the people. Overall the story has an unreality to it rather like a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel. The battle with the land is described in striped bone detail. There is
Feb 27, 2013 Nranger7 rated it really liked it
Slow at first, but once the history of the family started this became hard to put down.
Jul 15, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the author's (relatively (to this book)) straight-but-fictionalised — which I take to mean "names have been changed to protect the guilty*" — The Slow Train To Milan, this book's magical realism — a style I had previously only encountered in the novels of Gabriel García Márquez — came as something of a surprise. I read the books in this order because, notionally at least, the events of this book — the teen-aged 'Lydia Sinclair' (the author's fictional alter ego) marries a South American la ...more
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A beautiful and lyrical book, this has an interesting short-story as opposed to standard narrative structure and has stuck in my mind long after reading.
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Lisa St. Aubin de Terán was born Lisa Rynveld in South London. She attended the James Allen's Girls' School. She married a Venezuelan landowner, Jaime Terán in 1971, at the age of 17, and became a farmer of sugar cane, avocados, pears, and sheep from 1972-1978.

Her second husband was the Scottish poet and novelist George MacBeth. After the marriage failed, she married painter Robbie Duff Scott and
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“Their only chance to mix with royalty was while they played Bezique. They never played any other game but this one that had grown out of the French court: it was the game of the cavaliers, a game of waiting between battles.” 1 likes
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