Londra, primi anni del Novecento. Bruce e Edith Ottley vivono in un appartamento molto nuovo, molto piccolo, molto bianco. Uguali a molti altri, anche nel desiderio di Bruce di far parte dell'alta società. E anche nella noia sempre più profonda che prova Edith, consapevole che forse non ha sposato l'uomo giusto. Nonostante riesca a trattarlo con il rispetto che Bruce, uomo vano e pomposo, pensa che tutti gli debbano, talvolta fa fatica a non dirsi ad alta voce quanto trovi il marito irritante e inutile, e cerca i propri spazi altrove. La sua esistenza è ravvivata dall'amicizia con Hyacinth, una bellissima giovane donna, al centro di una complicata rete amorosa: lei ama Cecil, che ama l'elusiva signora Raymond, che s'innamora dello zio di Cecil. E forse anche Bruce e lord Cannon, il suo tutore, sono innamorati di lei. Narrate a capitoli alterni, la storia di Edith e Bruce e quella di Hyacinth s'intrecciano di continuo, dando vita a una commedia brillante, opera di una scrittrice che ci offre uno sguardo accattivante sulle cose grottesche che facciamo per amore e sui misteri e le assurdità della vita coniugale.
- ISBN: 889691907X
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 264
- Data di uscita: 01-06-2011
A witty, tongue-in-cheek, Edwardian comedy of manners. The author, Ada Leverson (1862 1933), of the Edwardian era too, was a close friend of Oscar Wilde . He spoke of her as the “wittiest woman in the world”! Does that not make you curious? This is the first of a trilogy about Edith Ottley and her coc Leggi tutto
What a delightful read even if it did a chapter or two for me to start getting into the humour in the book. This is the story of a set of young and not-so-young things in Edwardian London, who seem each to fall in love with someone who is invariably in love with someone else. Edith Ottley (who isn’t Leggi tutto
Fun Edwardian comedy. The story revolves around the marriage of Bruce and Edith Outlet and their circle of friends; among these, Hyacinth, who is in love with Cecil Reeve; Cecil Reece is in love with another woman, but she's not in love with him and so this casts a shadow over the potential romance
A frivolous bit of silliness, to be sure - but then one needs some comic relief occasionally. It may have appealed to readers when it was published but the humour is definitely dated - in fact, I think it belongs in the 19th century. This is the first of a trilogy but I won't be reading subsequent s Leggi tutto
"Tea? At three o'clock in the afternoon! I never heard of such a thing. You seem to have strangely Bohemian ideas in this house, Miss Yeo." I was dimly aware of Ada Leverson as Wilde's 'Sphinx', one of the supporting characters in his great drama. But until I was in what turned out not to be HMV's cl Leggi tutto
This was really funny. A cross between Oscar Wilde and the person at a party who gives you a running commentary with a bitchy turn of phrase on everyone else there. Every man in it seemed an idiot or arrogant or both and the characterizations were wonderful. The Ottley's, the young married couple wh Leggi tutto
“Love’s Shadow” is light and fluffy, like a meringue. The characters tend to be shallow caricatures and the plot has been done a million times before but even so, I found myself enjoying it immensely. For a while I couldn’t figure out why I like this book so much and then suddenly I realized…it’s th Leggi tutto
Hyacinth is young, beautiful and popular with her London social set. So why does she fall in love with Cecil, who is in love with Eugenia, on older, plain widow? And why does Eugenia want to marry Cecil's uncle, since she admits she doesn't love him any more than she loves Cecil? And how does Hyacin Leggi tutto
A comedic novel about a group of genteel London folk and their various hopes and grievances when it comes to love. 1908. Full review (and other reading recommendations!) at Another look book Light and engaging, with nothing against it, only a great deal of wit in its favor. Yes, I'd say the Oscar Wild Leggi tutto
Hyacinth is young, beautiful and popular with her London social set. So why does she fall in love with Cecil, Cecil is in love with Eugenie an older, plain widow. Eugenie wants to marry Cecils uncle, whe she admitd she doesn,t anymore than she loves Cecil. Edith is Hyacinths friend who is married to Leggi tutto
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