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The Career of Katherine Bush

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The story of a self-made woman who, by her courage and her brains, worked her way up the ladder of life, and made good as she rose.

"I always did say that you would pick up rubbishly ideas bothering after those evening lectures and French classes-instead of coming with Glad and Bert and me to the cinema, like a decent Christian-it was a low sort of thing to do, I think, and
Paperback, 404 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1917)
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Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
E così ho finito la mia raccolta di opere di Elinor Glyn, che consideravo inesauribile... Una scrittrice cosmopolita, figlia della sua epoca, i cui romanzi divennero film di successo e furono interpretati da attori come Rodolfo Valentino, Gloria Swanson e Clara Bow, che lei stessa contribuì a lanciare tra le star internazionali. Le storie, per quanto impregnate della passionalità un po' melodrammatica che caratterizzava anche il film (muto) di quegli anni, sono scritte con intelligenza e un ...more
Mike Riley
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very gentle book, slightly archaic but with beautifully well rounded characters. The story is probably a good zeitgeist of the era and engaging enough to propel you to its conclusion.
Noël Cades
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Career of Katherine Bush is a staggeringly lovely and enjoyable story.

Elinor Glyn creates a heroine who becomes more likeable as the book goes on. Her main ambition is simply to "be a lady" - and one has to remember that in the era the book was written, there was a near-impassable divide between the life paths open to "a lady" versus a woman of lower status. That said the divisions were breaking down even during that era, the book mentions aristocrats marrying actresses, and of course the
L Parks
May 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
If I hadn't read this book in a PDF I probably would have thrown it against the wall a few times. It is occasionally very witty, but those bits of wit are separated by slogging passages where everyone merrily agrees that indeed the aristocracy is brilliant. It also suffers from a severe lack of plot or really any impediments in Katherine's way. It mostly seems to go Katherine decides to do a thing, she does a thing, she decides to do another thing, everyone loves her. I thought it being a book ...more
Apr 27, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Reviewed at Edwardian Promenade as: "A self made woman’s rise from a stenographer in a money lender’s office to a conspicuous round in the social ladder. How she learns from the mistakes she makes and how one’s actions come back to confront one make the story a life transcript. It is a constructive tale of how a woman made good in English society and her love story is evidently an engrossing one, and furthermore it is a perfectly proper story with a serious purpose. [Bookseller, vol. 45]
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
With Elinor Glyn, you usually have to brace yourself for a certain amount of offensive material. There's always something racist somewhere, as well as plenty of snobbery. This one had so much class ideology it was kind of hard to take. The plot itself was pleasant enough romance -- clever middle class girl uses her wits to social climb and finds love at last. But the pages and pages about how much more natural and unaffected the aristocracy are because of heredity are hard to take.
Jessica Powell
Jan 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
The class ideology in this one is ridiculous, and the pacing isn't much better. It's hard to get behind a main character who isn't very likable, which just made the whole thing even more of an uphill slog.
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Elinor Sutherland was born in St Helier, Jersey, the younger daughter of Douglas Sutherland (1838–1865), a civil engineer of Scottish descent, and his wife Elinor Saunders (1841–1937).

Her father died when Elinor was two months old and her mother returned to the parental home in Guelph, Ontario, Canada with her two daughters, Lucy Christiana and Elinor.

Back in Canada, Elinor was schooled by her