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South Riding

South Riding

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Book Society bookplate to front pastedown, related clippings tipped onto front free endpaper; cloth slightly creased and dulled at spine; jacket slightly dulled at spine with some very minor creasing, but overall a very good copy. Holtby's personal masterpiece: a novel that works beautifully on all sorts of levels , capturing the life of a whole community even as it offers us the passions, frustrations and tragedies of individual lives .

Also worthy of a mention is Miss Sigglesthwaite, the hopelessly ineffective science teacher, a rather tragic creature who finds herself the object of ridicule at the hands of Midge Carne and her fellow classmates. I am at a loss to understand why some reviews concerning the recent BBC adaptation were so ferocious. It greatly appealed to the ensemble girl in me; inevitably, and this isn't something I blame Davies for, the tv version was more streamlined and focused on far fewer characters whereas the novel is more of a community story, but when I speak of the ensemble quality, I mean more than that.This enables Holtby to deal with the issues she felt were important; education, public health and the eradication of treatable diseases, ignorance, poverty and unemployment. Winifred Holtby's masterpiece is a rich evocation of the lives and relationships of the characters of South Riding. As his farm continues to struggle, Carne must find a way of paying for the care of his troubled wife in a private mental institution, a commitment that represents a major drain on his resources.

She was diagnosed as having Bright’s Disease (sclerosis of the kidneys or neuritis) in her early 30s and died of the disease at age 37, months before her book was published. Like you, I loved the characterisation – individuals you can believe and invest in, drawn in such a way to elicit the reader’s sympathies in spite of their individual flaws and failings.There is old, clear tape to the exterior corners and spine ends as well as along the length of the spine edges and flap folds. South Riding est un roman qui, bien que se déclinant en plusieurs intrigues secondaires, n'a cependant qu'un thème central: la vie d'un village anglais (et ses alentours) après la première Guerre Mondiale. I somehow managed to miss out on Holtby when she was in vogue (I think I read one of them, but now haven’t the first clue which it was, if indeed I did. It is the main reason she is remembered today – along with her friendship with Brittain (Brittain chose to make their relationship the main focus of Testament of Friendship, her biography of Holtby, published in 1940). Optimism and the will to optimism are different things, and Miss Holtby’s gallant effort to infer from her heroine’s change of heart a more hopeful future for society at large does not ring quite true as I have had the misfortune to read for a very long time.



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