Londra, 1875. Adelaide Culver, ragazzina di buona famiglia, poco incline ad accettare le convenzioni sociali con le loro regole e il loro vuoto, si innamora del maestro di disegno e, contro il parere della famiglia, lo sposa. Presto il marito si rivela essere un alcolizzato: Adelaide passa dall'innamoramento e la convinzione di aver sposato un vero artista alla delusione più profonda. L'orgoglio fa sì che i contatti con la famiglia siano nulli. I due vivono a Britannia Mews, un vero slum londinese. Passano alcuni anni, il marito muore, Adelaide sta per tornare a casa, quando viene colta da una sorta di iUuminazione: in quanto figlia che ha mancato alle aspettative familiari dovrebbe sottostare a schemi non più suoi, a un'eterna infilata di noioisissimi pranzi e cene fingendo eterna gratitudine per essere stata riammessa in casa. Insomma, un'esistenza triste e squallida. "Britannia Mews" segue le sorti di questo sfaccettato personaggio femminile con grazia e ironia, mostrando le idiosincrasie e le ipocrisie di un certo tipo di classe sociale, le convenzioni che diventano convinzioni che diventano strade obbligate da seguire perché si è sempre fatto così.
- ISBN: 8896919339
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 384
This novel is perfection. It is a brilliant, bountiful story with unforgettable characters, written with heart by an author whose expertise is both meticulous and fluid. We follow the story of Adelaide Lambert ( née Culver) from her young childhood years in the 1800’s through to the last days of her l Leggi tutto
Every time I pick up one of Margery Sharp’s books I find both things that are wonderfully familiar and things that make each book feel quite distinctive. This particular book, that I plucked from the middle of her backlist, sets out the story of one remarkable woman and one London Street. It makes a Leggi tutto
Britannia Mews (1946) is my fourth Margery Sharp novel and probably my favourite so far. Beginning in the 1870s and taking us through to the 1940s, it follows the story of Adelaide Culver from childhood to old age. We first meet Adelaide as a curious ten-year-old exploring Britannia Mews, a London s Leggi tutto
This might be a 4.75. For much of the book I was delighted and couldn't wait to see what happened. But just a little bit towards the end I felt like it could have been tightened up a bit.
Thanks to my sister-in-law, Deb, for the loan of this one. It's not likely that I would have found it on my own, but it's a charming...I'm looking for the right description, and the best I'm managing is that it's a charming coming of age story...it actually takes us from childhood to old age with th Leggi tutto
At first I thought this was going to be a juvenile story, but thankfully it soon morphed into a sweeping tale of Adelaide, as fiercely independent in her girlhood as she is in old age. Set in London. It encompasses 2 world wars. I loved how the Mews was always a focus. Almost a character of the book Leggi tutto
Britannia Mews is the story of Adelaide Lambert – born Adelaide Culver – from childhood to very old age. Born into a prosperous Victorian family, as a child Adelaide would sneak round to the forbidden Britannia Mews tucked between the streets of conventional middle class homes. Here the coachmen fro Leggi tutto
Excellent story about headstrong Adelaide Culver, and the life-long impact of the rash decision she made in her youth. Well-written and engrossing, with many great character studies. Definitely a good read. I'll be on the lookout for "The Forbidden Street," the screen version of the novel.
I love the way blogs continue to survive the onslaught of mega-umbrella-sites. In this case, I'm thinking of Margery Sharp Day, initiated several years ago by the blog Beyond Eden Rock, and picked up by lots of readers who maintain their own blogs. Each has their own community of followers and comme Leggi tutto
Margery Sharp was a popular writer back in the 1950's; she then fell out of favor, except for her children's books, but is now experiencing a revival. I read her back when I was a teenager, and have been unable to get her books easily again until recently. This one certainly held up for a re-read af Leggi tutto
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