Avery ed Ellen North sono felicemente sposati da vent’anni e hanno due figli che adorano, ricambiati. Un giorno l’anziana e volitiva madre di Avery decide di rispondere a un annuncio per ospitare una ragazza francese che lavori come dama di compagnia e le insegni la lingua. Louise Lanier, figlia di un libraio, viziata ed egoista, dopo essere stata sedotta da un ricco uomo della sua cittadina di provincia – che le ha preferito poi una donna meno avvenente ma di famiglia aristocratica – decide di allontanarsi dalla Francia attraverso l’annuncio.
Nel corso della sua permanenza in Inghilterra tenterà di scardinare l’armonia familiare dei North e di sedurre Avery.
Ambientato nel secondo dopoguerra, questo romanzo evidenzia quanto il destino delle donne, chiuse nel piccolo mondo della famiglia, dipendesse unicamente dal tipo di matrimonio che facevano, o meglio da colui che le sceglieva e prendeva in moglie. E la modernità di Whipple, che la rende perfetta per i lettori di oggi, sta spesso nella consapevolezza e nel riscatto che donne abbandonate, maltrattate e nella migliore delle ipotesi ignorate riescono a trovare proprio attraverso le angherie subite dagli uomini.
- ISBN: 8833211037
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 368
- Data di uscita: 11-02-2021
When I find out a book is 400 pages long, my inclination is to either avoid it or at least to postpone reading it. Too long, I say! This book was 413 pages long. But nevertheless I ordered this book because I had this notation in my TBR list next to this book: “lots of GR friends gave it 4-5 stars”. Leggi tutto
Once again, I've fallen in love with one or Dorothy Whipple's books, and I'm excited to read even more by her... "Someone at a Distance" is about Louise who is one of the most atrocious characters I've ever read about. She's selfish, manipulating and heartless and right from the beginning you can't h Leggi tutto
This is a stunner. Small pebbles of disloyalty combine to wreck a happy marriage in Someone at a Distance. Each act of selfishness and thoughtless behavior combine to destroy twenty years of harmony and love. Avery and Ellen are an upper middle class couple secure in their lives and marriage. They h Leggi tutto
I have never read Dorothy Whipple before, although I have come across her name many times; especially on the podcast, “Tea or Books?” When this title was suggested on a book group I belong to, I read it with interest. Published in 1953, this is not my typical read, but I was immediately drawn in. It Leggi tutto
Fantastic!!! Just fantastic. This is EXACTLY the kind of book I love to read. Intelligent writing that is poignant yet witty. The perfect combination. Someone at a Distance is one of those novels that overtime was forgotten and lay languishing in some dusty corner of the literary world until tho
“Things go wrong, even in exceptionally happy families.” An examination of a marriage and family after an evil force comes into their midst and destroys their idyllic existence. Dorthy Whipple has created an ordinary, loving family- a couple (Ellen and Avery) that were thought of as “an absolute ideal Leggi tutto
A really enjoyable read. Loved the characters!
Someone at a Distance is a gently told reflection on relationships, society and personality. It chronicles the dissolution of a marriage. Avery and Ellen North are a middle class English family settled into their well routinized life in 1950.Avery, a publisher, commutes to London.His wife, Ellen, fi Leggi tutto
Although a rather hefty book, 'Someone at a Distance' really packs a punch and becomes addictive reading once you get past the first dozen pages or so. The characters are drawn so clearly and concisely that it pains you to read of their downfall. The theme of adultery is covered with intensity and t Leggi tutto
(It's been awhile since I've written a review, so this may come out sort of stream of consciousness, but I'll shape up soon as I get back in the swing, I promise...) I've been lucky enough to come across several authors like Dorothy Whipple. She writes what I'm sure would be-and was- condescendingly Leggi tutto
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