The Shell Seekers
Artist's daughter Penelope Keeling can look back on a full and varied life: a Bohemian childhood in London and Cornwall, an unhappy wartime marriage, and the one man she truly loved. She has brought up three children - and learned to accept them as they are.
Yet she is far too energetic and independent to settle sweetly into pensioned-off old-age. And when she discovers tha...more
Penelope Keeling knows how to live life to the fullest and I absolutely adore her! She grasps those things that matter most in life – the com ...more
A beautifully written character driven novel about family and life, love and loss, greed and hope, a book that has the charm and eloquence of books from a bygone era, just a good old fashioned family saga, a story with real characters and places that are interesting and vivid.
I had never read a book by this author before and as a couple of Goodread friends have really enjoyed her novels and the fact I saw it on the BBC list of Top 100 books I just had to try one and I was in not dis ...more
OK, maybe I was just needing a good cry. It happens. But, there was something very touching in the way Pilcher presented th ...more
"Set in London and Cornwall from World War II to present(1983), The Shell Seekers tells the story of the Keeling family, and of the passions and heartbreak that have held them together for three generations. The family centers around Penelope, and it is her love, courage, and sense of values that determine the course of all their lives. Deftly shifting back and forth in time, each chapter centers on one of the principal players in the family's history. The unifying thread is an o ...more
I read this back in the day and honestly don't remember any of the details, but I do remember enjoying this read.
People have recommended Rosamunde Pilcher's books to me for years, and I refused to read them because all the covers looked like they had been marinated in mothballs. But after spying "The Shell Seekers" on the BBC's "The Big Read: Top 100 Books," I decided to bite the bullet and give it a try. Annoyingly, several people had put it on reserve at the library before me, so by the time I received it, I wasn't nearly as enthusiastic as I had been when I had ...more
So....what should get a "nice summer read" review instead trips me up for weeks, unable to write anything about this book and a dozen others because I'm forced to question my reasoning. Why do I feel so bad about being critical of this book? Mostly, I think it's because many friends an ...more
I'm not a huge fan of genreless fiction, not in the least when it has a strong romance-vibe, but I found The Shell Seekers to be a pleasant read. It was not at all taxing and can be described as escapist literature, and requires not an awful lot of mental agility to get through, but that was part of its charm.
The best thing about the book was how splendidly well it was written. I wasn't hugely captiv ...more
If you're a "good" character, then you're independent, stubborn, glossy haired, tall, beautiful. You love France, holiday in Spain, dream of Cornwall, and believe in children out of wedlock and monied bohemian lifestyles (but not t ...more
Απο τις πιο χαρισματικές συγγραφείς με ιδιαίτερη ευαισθησία!Συναρπαστικό με εξαιρετικό αφηγηματικό λόγο ταξιδεύει τον αναγνωστή σε πανέμορφα αγγλικά τοπία και κυρίως στην Κορνουάλη, με μοναδικό αφηγηματικό λόγο.
Μοναδικό αρνητικο σημείο του οι μακροσκελείς περιγραφές.
The flowers on the bookcovers I understand. Graphics of her gardens. Her characters often centered themselves in gardening and her plant depth (knowledge of form and placements) was phenomenal.
Rosamunde Pilcher creates a full and mostly satisfying world here—a family saga heaped with descriptions of lovely gardens, splendid meals, the exotic beauty of Ibiza, and the tranquil coast of Cornwall. In her introduction, she writes that she intended The Shell Seekers to be “A big fat novel for women. ... Something, above all, that tapped into my li ...more
This is one of those few times when I feel like Goodreads should have a regular star rating, and then a separate award for those Special Books. Those that take over your mind and soul. Those that somehow strike that perfect balance between cosy and haunting. The Shell Seekers is one such book.
Rosamunde Pilcher is an author I've always meant to read, she's often mentioned in the same breath as comforting authors I love - Miss Read, Lucy Maud Mont ...more
Εχω λιγη ωρα που το τελειωσα κ νιωθω ενα καψιμο, ενα γαργαλητο στο στομαχι. Ειναι η γνωστη αντιδραση του οργανισμου μου οταν ενα βιβλιο μου αρεσει πολυ. Νιωθω ταυτοχρονα πικρα, στεναχωρια, χαρα, νοσταλγια, ανακουφιση. Μου αρεσει πολυ η γραφη της Πιλτσερ. Ειναι απλη, αμεση κ επικοινωνιακη. Πολυ σωστα δομημενο το κειμενο. Σε καθε κεφαλαιο σκιαγραφουσε εναν ηρωα κ περιεγραφε τη ζωη του. Ολη η ιστορια περιστρεφεται γυρω απο την Πενελοπε.
Αχ, αγαπημενη μου Πενελοπε, τι ζωη εζησες! Μια ζωη ...more
Penelope (the matriarch of th ...more
Mar 2 ~~ I used to see Pilcher's books everywhere: at the library, in used book sales, at garage sales. But I was never interested in them, simply because the covers always made me think they would not be my cup of tea. Considering the wide range of books I have always read, that seems like a funny thing to say, but there it is: I never stopped to look beyond the covers.
Then a few years ago I saw a review by a GR friend of mine who had ...more
She had never written such a book. All of her novels, previously, had taken no more than three months each to write. Ideas were floating about in her head. She came up with three themes: the lives of the upper-class Bohemians who had always ...more
the story is about a woman of 60, ex actress who is involved with a man, of a certain age, who has just lost his wealthy wife and only daughter. The woman takes him under her wings, and he is kicked out of his house by the step sons. the plot involves a house in ...more
Penélope teve uma infância feliz em Inglaterra, na companhia dos pais - mãe francesa e pai inglês; pintor - e poderia ter tido uma vida comum como qualquer outra mulher, não tivesse a vida reservado para ela algumas surpresas. Atrave ...more
Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.
In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgas ...more
4.5 stars instead of 5 simply because there are a few points in ...more
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