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Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple
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Jul 07, 11

Read from July 01 to 06, 2011

Thanks to Julie Zeller who wrote such good reviews of Dorothy Whipple books.
The first part of the book deals with a young woman who wants more out of life and seduces the son of her employer (she wanted to leave France and so became an English woman's companion). The second half of the book deals with the disintegration of not only a marriage but of a family. Dorothy's writing is easy reading, she draws her characters simply, but with deep emotion. Watching the marriage fall apart, is painful, because you get to know the characters so well.

It should be noted that Dorothy Whipple's writings are not for everyone. Some of it touches on the sentimental. But if you like movies from the 40's, you will love her. As I was reading it reminded me a lot of Mrs. Miniver, so I saw Ellen as Greer Garson.

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