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The Lost Traveller (Frost in May #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  199 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
When Clara returns home from the convent of her childhood to begin life at a local girls' school, she is at a loss: although she has comparative freedom, she misses the discipline the nuns imposed and worries about keeping her faith in a secular world. Against the background of the First World War, Clara experiences the confusions of adolescence - its promise, its threat o ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 3rd 2006 by Virago (first published 1950)
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
No, wait just a minute here. None of you have read Frost in May?! Nevermind..... Go out and get Frost in May and then come back here for the Trilogy.
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was my final read for August, and I must say I absolutely loved it. Antonia White is mainly known for her quartet of novels which began with Frost In May, which was the first ever Virago Modern Classic. I re-read Frost in May about two years ago and although I enjoyed it – there was something a little disturbing about the story of the breaking of a young girl’s spirit. I have now collected each of the remaining three books of the quartet together – and I am so glad that I
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Like some other readers, I liked Frost in May more - but I wonder if that is, for me at least, because it was easier to read, more of a piece as it were. In Lost Traveller , we are drawn into the lives, especially the inner lives, of many more characters, notably her father and mother amongst several other vital and compelling minor ones.

At first, sympathy and interest is all directed to Clara ( btw, does anyone know why White changed the name from (Fer)Nanda?) and it is easy to find her father
Zen Cho
Sep 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Found it absorbing, though I don't know if it's actually any good. But will read more if I can find it anyway. Father ghastly. Was relieved to see the mother become more sympathetic as book progressed. All the stuff about Catholicism very interesting, particularly from my puzzled heathen standpoint.
Mar 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read this book I enjoy it more. To be fully appreciated, it needs to be read alongside its sequels, The Sugar House and Beyond the Glass.
June Schwarz
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My favorite in the quarter, by far. I had rather too much in common with Clara in some ways, and this book made me very nervous when I first read it.
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-general
It doesn't have the crispness that made Frost in May a classic in my view. But the progression Clara and Isabel make are interesting. In my view Isabel is the best drawn of the main characters and the most interestingly developed by the writer. Clara's father is not really drawn sympathetically at all....we see quite a bit of his thinking but a lot of it is pretty flawed and perhaps his flaws are not those that many will relate to.

Clara herself is described with clarity and understanding but sh
Rhonda Cutler
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of Antonia White. But Joan Wickersham, who wrote the glorious News From Spain, recommended this book on her website. And I am so, so happy I took this advice. I won't go into the plot, as that has been covered thoroughly by other reviewers. I will just say that I was totally drawn in by the characters, their complexity and authenticity, the credible contradictions in their personalities, their yearnings, deceptions, and occasional cruelties, both intended and inadvertent. The w ...more
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read the whole set by Antonia White. It follows the heroine through her time in a convent to her first job as a nanny to a young boy and her marriage..
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Antonia White was born as Eirine Botting to parents Cecil and Christine Botting in 1899. She later took her mother's maiden name, White.

In 1921 she was married to the first of her three husbands. The marriage was annulled only 2 years later, and reportedly was never consummated. She immediately fell in love again with a man named Robert, who was an officer in the Scots Guards. They never married,
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