I am going to have a lot of trouble trying to regain my London accent when seeing GP today. After finishing this yesterday and being nutty anyway I haI am going to have a lot of trouble trying to regain my London accent when seeing GP today. After finishing this yesterday and being nutty anyway I have come over all Irish. To be fair I did also go out drinking in an Irish pub which may not have helped.
Anyway. Fans of 1870-1950 school stories and children's fiction of the period in general, Angela Brazil needs no introduction. She is one of the big ones, one of the people whose grave I would put flowers on if I knew where it was, one of the mothers of the school story genre.
Her plots are not the most original, but a great deal more so than some; her characters are neither angels nor demons but real human girls like I was and to some extent still am. For the most part these stories are all things that could and did happen in the real life counterparts of these sorts of schools at the time.
Whilst there are stereotypes and seclusion from what we might now refer to as 'our reality' this is all in keeping with the time of writing. There is some gender role stuff at play here, but not overly so, and national stereotypes are not hugely harmful - quiet, clever Scots damsel and wild Irish colleen are still loved.
Final note - this book and many other books by this author are available as free ebooks through Project Gutenberg on iPhones and ereaders as well as ebook files on computers. You might as well read the first few pages....more
I found this book highly captivating. It grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. I know I'll be thinking about the themes and emotions it brought to the suI found this book highly captivating. It grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. I know I'll be thinking about the themes and emotions it brought to the surface for a long time. It's harsh, slightly tragic, real, scary, beautiful and somewhat erotic all at once. It doesn't seem like a children's book or even a young adult book to me at all though. I was rather surprised by this, given its' publisher imprint and the other books this author has written in the past. It's definitely more a book about young adults but for adults, than a book about young adults for young adults. I think under 18s might be disturbed by some of the imagery and emotions as well as the themes here, though obviously this depends on the individual reader. Some parts of this book don't sit right for me - the excerpts from sketch books/ painting and sculpture descriptions break up the continuity. These also left me confused as to whether the book was trying to be a biography. It's stuck between pretend biography and regular fiction - neither fish nor fowl, as it were....more
Useful information. Makes you feel like you're lazing around having a girlie chat with friends. Better for dipping in and out of than trying to read sUseful information. Makes you feel like you're lazing around having a girlie chat with friends. Better for dipping in and out of than trying to read straight through. Will definitely be using a lot of the advice from here in future. I'm a member of the actual community concerned and went to the book launch party but I didn't find an affordable copy until recently. Highly recommended....more