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The Priory by Dorothy Whipple
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Sep 08, 11

did not like it
bookshelves: early-20th-century, forgotten-classics, the-womens-list
Read from August 18 to September 08, 2011

I must have had the wrong expectations of this novel. I know it is very acclaimed by the publisher, but their publications also include the works of Frances Burnett, E.M. Delafield, Marghanita Laski, Winifred Watson, etc. I just didn't find this novel to be in that range. The setting of the English estate of Saunby, built around the ancient priory, is very enticing. So is the domestic set up here also: sheltered daughters, a negligent father, a new wife, those struggling "downstairs," and young cricket stars slightly adrift. As a whole, however, the story did not connect.

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08/19/2011 page 115
08/20/2011 page 115
21.0% "dark book, what will happen to these people?"

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message 1: by Marialyce (new) - added it

Marialyce Oh this one sounds good, Sarah.... I have added it.

SarahC I will give a review soon, Marialyce. I am feeling mixed about it right now. It is more "domestic fiction" (I don't know a proper term really) than I expected. There is a favorite author of mine, Marcia Willett, who writes something similar to this -- more recently. I can't think who else to compare it too. I'm near completing it, so I'll add more thoughts in the review. I try quite a few of the Persephone publications and they often bring back lessor known authors (or lesser known to me!). I should categorize them in my shelf in case you can take a look at them -- if you haven't already (I know you are a wide-spread reader anyway). Their site is a very interesting site if you want to just look there too.

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