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How It All Began by Penelope Lively
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Apr 15, 2012

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What is there about English novels that gives one that wonderful sense of coming home to reading? Lively's book has that comfort. Still it's disappointing. For one thing it almost seems like a play in the sense that the characters move on and off stage without a real sens of their background life. For another the women - with the possible exception of a wicked sister - are all sympathetic and likeable. The men are deplorable with the exception of one husband who has a few good conversations with his mother-in-law, but never with his wife, and an Eastern European immigrant who is the romantic center and way too something to be believable. The book is saved by Charlotte, who is wise without being sanctimonious, and enjoyable to spend time with. I give the book a three stars for her. And because it's English, of course.
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Nan Lee Alice- You write the BEST reviews. And somehow, you seem to read more than any other human being I have ever known...Nan

Claire Anything by Penelope Lively is worth reading.

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