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English Country Houses

(Britain in Pictures)

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Hardcover, 56 pages
Published 1941 by William Collins
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Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Delizioso piccolo saggio di Vita Sackville-West su un argomento sul quale aveva idee chiarissime. Ho notato con piacere che i miei gusti corrispondono a quelli della signora, che prediligeva le piccole dimore Tudor mentre considerava fuori luogo e pretenziose le grandi ville di rappresentanza dei secoli successivi.
L'autrice presenta queste case come architettura spontanea e funzionale, modificata nei secoli a seconda delle necessità e risorse dei proprietari.
Very chatty. Very funny. A wonderful quick read. It's like she is talking to you.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very chatty little tome that comes across as a rough outline for something grander and deeper. Not much history but that's fine because of the beautiful artwork
Grace Harwood
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful piece of history in itself, recording the history of the English Country House. It's a really interesting book, not so much for the history it is purporting to portray, but for the history of the author (who lived at Knole house and was a member of the aristocracy) and the method she employs in attempting to portray English country houses. In actual fact, there really isn't very much "history" as such in this book at all. The author quickly becomes overwhelmed by the sheer nu ...more
May 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Piccoli libri come questo, così sfacciatamente inglesi, non solo per l'ovvio contenuto, tirano fuori la Kate Bush che è me; e così, canticchiando Oh England my Lionheart, ho letto questo breve e sfizioso compendio della inglesissima Vita Sackville-West. Le dimore di campagna, le country house, sono talmente radicate nell'immaginario collettivo a suon di film, sceneggiati e libri, da rappresentare l'essenza stessa d'Albione. Chi non ha mai sospirato alla celeste vista di incontrastate distese ver ...more
I much prefer her fiction as this seems a little too much written as though we didn't know that she lived in a great big English Country House for most/all of her life. Her opinions are very much landed gentry, and the only really interesting point she has to make is that a bit of historical perspective is the only thing that really matters when judging the worth of the houses and architects that produced them. Nice illustrations in this edition.
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it
"Those long galleries must have been draughty and cold unless you crouched and crowded round the big fireplace or got into the big bed and drew the curtains round you and shut yourself into the black secrecy of love and sleep with mistress or with wife."
David Bird
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Remarkably insular and self-satisfied.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Not knowing much about architecture, I often found myself lost throughout this short folio on country houses in England. However, it was still enjoyable because Vita Sackville-West's witty personality came through so strongly, and I learned a bit about this small part of English history that I hadn't known before.
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Vita Sackville-West was a prolific author, poet and memoirist in early 20th-Century Britain who is known not only for her writing, but for her not-so-private, private life. While married to the diplomat Harold Nicolson, she conducted a series of scandalous amorous liaisons with many women, including the brilliant Virginia Woolf. They had an open marriage. Both Sackville-West and her husband had sa ...more

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