52nd out of 120 books — 52 voters
When Janet Harding marries a kindly vicar, she discovers the constraints of life with a clergyman and throws herself into the suffragette movement. But her dreams of emancipation give way to the responsibilities of an overburdened wife and mother. Stephen Allendeyne, smug heir to Dene Hall, prides himself on his union with Jessie Penryder, an impoverished governess with so...more
Paperback, 588 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Little, Brown Book Group
(first published 1936)
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At times, Brittain paints an interesting picture of Great Britain in transition from the late Victorian and Edwardian eras through to post-WWI. Yet she so often slips into didacticism that I was continually bounced out of the narrative just as I started to be interested in the characters. I can appreciate her wish to show the struggle for women's rights and the anti-war movement, but a more subtle writer would have been able to show it through her story and her characters, rather than constantly...more
What an ambitious novel -- full of ideas, political commitment, some well-conceived and dramatically rendered characters ... and yet, it's verbose, sometimes tediously didactic, even prophetic. It's interestingly autobiographical and clearly aimed at putting personal experiences into their place in the sweep of intellectual and social history.
Jan 30, 2012 Kirsty rated it 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed Honourable Estate. It was such an interesting social study and the three separate novels came together incredibly well. It was clever in the way in which the characters were all linked. The novel itself was very sad at times, but the characters were all wonderful. Brittain’s writing was lovely throughout.
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