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The Weather in the Streets

(Olivia Curtis #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  437 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Taking up where Invitation to the Waltz left off, The Weather in the Streets shows us Olivia Curtis ten years older, a failed marriage behind her, thinner, sadder, and apprently not much wiser. A chance encounter on a train with a man who enchanted her as a teenager leads to a forbidden love affair and a new world of secret meetings, brief phone calls, and snatched liaison ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Virago (first published 1936)
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May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
The Weather in the Streets starts off well. Olivia, unhappily married and separated from her husband, is called home because her father is ill. On the train she meets Rollo, the married son of local landowners. Her and Rollo share a few childhood memories but have drifted apart as adults. The narrative voice switches from third to first person and we will see everything that happens in the novel from Olivia’s perspective.

There’s a strong suspicion this novel is largely disguised autobiographica
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Regresar a casa supone ponerse de frente con uno mismo. Ver a los padres envejecer y comprobar que el tiempo también ha pasado por ella, lleva a Olivia a replantearse qué ha pasado con su vida. Un matrimonio frustrado, unas aspiraciones, impuestas socialmente, de ser madre no satisfechas, una vida bohemia sobreviviendo como secretaria de su amiga fotógrafa Anna... A su lado, su hermana Kate representa su antítesis: madre de familia numerosa, responsable, sensata, felizmente casada. El encuentro ...more
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: it's the broken heart that decides
Recommended to Mariel by: used to be a sweet boy
The Weather in the Streets is the sequel to Rosamond Lehmann's Invitation to the Waltz. Blah blah a long Mariel book review later blah blah Olivia was last seen as if she was in her own bed, under the covers of some kind of consolation. Is that all there is consolation. That's enough for now consolation. Like reading a book with a hope and a helpless sigh. Don't let it end 'cause the next step is going to come like hunting around for the right word mid-sentence. Someone else would probably say i ...more
Nov 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. I finished it (very) late last night and have been thinking about the characters on and off all day today. Surely that is a sign of a great book. Written in 1936 this novel was years ahead of it's time, with it's story of an extra marital affair, secret meetings and hotel rooms and the resulting consequences.

Olivia is ten years older than when we last met her in the also brilliant An invitation to the waltz. Her marriage has broken down, and she lives with her cousin
The Weather in the Streets is a sequel to Lehmann's earlier book, Invitation to the Waltz. Here, Olivia, who in Invitation to the Waltz was a nervous debutante, is now older, though perhaps not much wiser; separated from her husband, she falls in love with the married brother of an old friend and embarks upon a tempestuous affair.

I found The Weather in the Streets even better than Invitation to the Waltz. The subject matter is more powerful and complex, and Lehmann more assured in handling it.
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
This is the sequel to "Invitation to the waltz", previous novel by Lehmann.
There is little to be found of that excitable creature, Olivia Curtis, who attended her first ball ten years ago and captured most of the readers' hearts in this new novel.
After a disastrous marriage, Olivia is returning home to visit her ill father, bumping into Rollo Spencer, her first love and seemingly twin soul, on the train.
Rollo is the same confident, attractive man, now married to Nicola, whereas Olivia is an "i
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A la intemperie me ha resultado una novela entretenida, con un personaje principal que me ha encantado y al que vemos crecer a lo largo de la historia.
Aunque no he leído el anterior donde conocemos a los personajes siendo más jóvenes, he podido disfrutar de la manera de hacer de una autora que me ha llamado mucho la atención.
Lo recomiendo a esos lectores que disfruten con las tramas de personajes, con aquellos libros que reflejan cierta sociedad de una época y que no esperan acontecimientos enca
Apr 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Rosamond Lehmann may well be one of the greatest underrated British writers of the last century. The Weather in the Streets (kind of a sequel to Invitation to the Waltz) is a masterful, subtle, cruel, and fascinating look at a doomed love affair, and it's as effective and relevant today as it was when it was published, in 1936. The author of the introduction says that this was, for a whole generation, the equivalent of Bridget Jones's Diary, and one can see that: it does reflect with great accur ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Ambientada en el Londres de los años 30 nos habla de la vida de una mujer que se reencuentra con un antiguo amor. Es una historia muy intensa y humana que me ha maravillado. Os la recomiendo.

Mi reseña:
Roman Clodia
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
(I'm currently reading My Brilliant Friend and it's recalling 1930s women writers like Lehmann and Antonia White so even though I read this in 2006, I'm posting the review here now)

A sad look at the lies we tell ourselves...

We know from the start that there can be no happy ending to this story, and the fact that we already know the journey that the characters are to take, works brilliantly. Lehmann plays with the well-worn tropes of an affair between an independent-minded woman and her married l
Israel Montoya Baquero
Si en "Invitación al baile" se nos mostraba, bajo un prima inocente e idealizador (aunque con algún bosquejo de malicia) la sociedad rural de la Inglaterra de principios del siglo XX, en este "A la intemperie", Lehman nos muestra, de forma cruel e impasible, la decadencia de aquellas familias acaudaladas de la isla británica.
A través de una turbulenta historia de amor, como si de un albañil se tratase, Lehman destroza, golpe a golpe, martillazo a martillazo, a la "alta sociedad" de su tiempo, m
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funandeasyreads
This comes across, at first read, like some Bronte-Woolf hybrid. I see that she came slightly later than Woolf.

I liked this a lot. Much of it is told in free direct discourse (though there's an odd jump to free indirect in part IV I think) so our views are restricted. Women, so strong yet so weak. I see the same themes being iterated in almost all novels which have females as protagonists. What is it about us and the other? Attractiveness comes up a lot -- and with that sterility. It is difficul
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
An emotionally complex but far from histrionic narrative, in which the central character, a sympathetic 30-ish young woman in interwar England, her marriage failed, lucidly pulls the reader into understanding her decisions (even as you suspect they will be troublesome) to have an affair with an old flame, now married, and subsequently have an abortion. The latter was more harrowing then than now but this is not a "reefer madness" type of cautionary tale - the emotional impact is what is mainly e ...more
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oh-so-tragic
Both Olivia Curtis novels gave me a jolt at the last page.

Seems like Rosamond Lehmann likes to show the "moment of clarity."An epiphany in the first book made the seemingly mundane into a significant moment. An epiphany here made the so-called "best times of our lives" into something driven by petty motivations. Awful (circumstance-wise) stuff dressed in nice language. I like how this is a journey into murky grey area after the girl meets childhood crush set-up that directly recalls the events
Dec 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
Written as a sequel to the unforgettable "Invitation to the Waltz," this novel seemed dated. Despite the fact that the mores of the novel are more in line with today's views, it did not achieve that transcendence that "Waltz" did. In fairness, few novels do achieve such greatness. But, as it was a sequel, I suppose I had the expectation that it would.
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Very hit and miss for me. Lehman is deft at identifying and describing pivotal emotional moments but often this novel rambled without much structure. In a nutshell, good writing spoiled by a lack of architecture.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, I hate this book. It is set in 1930s Britain; the main character, Olivia, is a young, sensitive woman, recently separated from her husband. She falls in love with a married man. I hate the premise: that Olivia gives herself over so utterly to this man, that she is in his thrall, and that she forgives him everything. He talks to her patronisingly, dotingly, like she is his pet. I hate that when she becomes pregnant, she consider it to be solely her problem, and cannot ask his advice or help. ...more
Isabel G L
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¿Qué puedo decir? Tengo debilidad por las novelas del adulterio, y esta ha sido un gran descubrimiento. Si en Invitación al baile la autora nos introduce al personaje de Olivia, aquí lo desarrolla magistralmente y nos hace sentirnos partícipes, si no de las situaciones, sí de ese incierto camino a la madurez que termina quedando desdibujado. Leerlo ha sido simplemente una delicia.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Misha  Mathew
The Weather in the Streets is the sequel to Invitation to the Waltz, which I had loved. Unfortunately, this book turned out to be a huge disappointment for me. Somehow that magic which captured me in the first book was missing in this one.

Olivia's story is continued in this book, which is definitely darker than the first one. Olivia is ten years older, with a broken marriage, and quite different from the young teenage girl I had met in the previous book. This is her story as she begins a love af
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was first published in 1936, so I can understand why the social reaction at that time was one of shock. Set in England, the main character is a youngish lady being seduced by a married man of nobility. Private house in London, money not a problem, and their adventures also took them to the Continent. Observation and identification with his young paramour in a public outing is what our man feared the most. Unfortunately, to me, it read like a soap opera. I kept thinking that if this was ...more
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This should be required reading for any young woman who is attracted to a married man! A terrible warning of how things are likely to go.

On the front of my edition there's a quote from Carmen Callil saying "The Weather in the Streets was our Bridget Jones's Diary." I don't think she's read Bridget Jones's Diary. Don't be misled. There's no humour here.

It's brilliant, though, if you can take a little misery. Considering the storyline I don't think there's too much angst - again, unlike Bridget
This was not all that great a book to me, although it did get better as it went along. It’s about two women and two men who work together in an unspecified office, doing jobs that Lehmann doesn’t provide any information about. The women are quite different from one another: Letty is a rather old-fashioned woman who lives alone in a “bedsitter”, that is until the building is sold to a religious African priest. He spooks Letty and she moves in with an 80-year-old woman, Mrs. Pope, a chatty busybod ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Aunque se puede leer independientemente a "Invitación al Baile", primera incursión en el mundo de Olivia Curtis, lo recomendable no sólo es leerla como complemento a esa primera novela, sino además y a poder ser, leerla a continuación. Creo que se puede apreciar mejor en que mujer se ha convertido Olivia Curtis , tras diez años, despues de ese primer baile a los 17 años, ahora con 27 años es una mujer melancólica, más delgada y desde luego un poco descreida. Rosamond Lehmann es una maestra en es ...more
Bobbie Darbyshire
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
A chance encounter with the man who enchanted Olivia as a teenager leads to a secret love affair.
I was looking forward to this sequel to Lehmann’s exquisite ‘Invitation to the waltz’, but was disappointed. It is beautifully written, and its candour was shocking in 1936 when it was published, but the plot is little more than the predictable chart of the affair. The early chapters, particularly an amusing set-piece dinner-party, revisited several of the characters from ‘Invitation...’, and I enjo
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I realise I had read this before and forgotten it. I loved it on first reading. This time, too, I couldn't put it down. Rosamund Lehmann is such good storyteller, economical, subtle, moving you along with each chapter enough to keep the pace just right. This time, though, I found the heroine self pitying. She doesn't complain, it's only implied. I know divorced women had a tough time back then, but even so, I found her short sighted and spineless. I felt that the author was purposely showing the ...more
Anne Fenn
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, middlebrow
Not entirely bowled over by this book in my favourite genre. Main character Olivia is actually hard to like. The plot couldn't be more basic. The writing style is just so Katherine Mansfield, only she moves her prose right along, avoiding the need to take nearly 400 pages to tell a story. I found it interesting to speculate how readers in 1936 handled the affair and abortion in middle class and above society. Fair enough in France and Russia, Anna Karenina and Mme Bovary might display such thing ...more
Joanna Halpin
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinarily honest, sad and raw book. A novel that vibrates with all the feeling it was written with. A reminder that the way we feel is nothing new, that nothing is really new, except as a first experience. Olivia's character and the way the interior/ exterior narrative flits about acts also as a validation of how pain is so often absurd- so often made hyper-real by the mundane. Beautiful and timeless writing.
3,5 estrella. Creo que hay partes del libros que se hacen más pesadas de leer, por eso no le pongo más nota. Es un buen retrato de la diferencia de clases en en periodo entreguerras, además me parece que el final es un poco abierto no sé si tendrá otro libro que continuará con los mismos personajes.
Sally Anfilogoff
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fabulous. One of my favourite books by a favourite author
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Rosamond Nina Lehmann was born in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, as the second daughter of Rudolph Lehmann and his wife Alice Davis, a New Englander. Her father Rudolph Chambers Lehmann was a liberal MP, and editor of the Daily News. John Lehmann (1907-1989) was her brother; one of her two sisters was the famous actress Beatrix Lehmann.

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