Londra, 1941. Juno, diciassette anni, accompagna alla stazione i due giovani che ha amato per gran parte della sua vita: Jonty e Francis, cugini e amici inseparabili, che l'hanno da sempre trattata come un soprammobile e che, prima di partire, con la gelida spietatezza della gioventù, non volendo andare al fronte vergini, un po' la forzano un po' la convincono a trascorrere una notte di sesso tutti insieme. Rimasta sola, si ritrova a vagare per Londra in una notte di bombardamenti. Viene soccorsa da Evelyn, un uomo dall'aspetto fragile, che con grande gentilezza le offre rifugio e, dopo aver sentito la sua storia, scrive una lettera al padre, invitandolo a ospitare la giovane Juno. Con un misto di spavalderia e infantilismo la ragazza decide di non raggiungere la madre, partita per il Canada con il nuovo marito, e di andare alla ricerca della famiglia di Evelyn, in Cornovaglia. Qui, trasformatasi in mozzo di stalla, contadina e dopo poco "piccolina" di casa, scoprirà un mondo nel quale non solo troverà pace, ma anche un luogo in cui non è più solo un soprammobile.
- ISBN: 8896919622
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 280
This was my first Mary Wesley. It was a battered old paperback that I picked up from a second-hand bookshop – I was drawn to the cover which made me feel summery. I loved it. Wesley’s style is so unlike any other author I can think to compare it to sparse and to the point. There is no room for flowe Leggi tutto
I don't know why but I had high expectations about this author. I hadn't read any of Wesley's novels before but I felt attracted to her stories, which seemed to be well crafted, accordingly to most of the reviews. Well, I'm a bit deflated, to tell the truth. The story: England, the Great World War.
I can always count on Wesley, just as I can on Barbara Pym. This is another story about a young woman in war time and her sexual awakening. Wesley is always frank about sexuality (see her delicious Camomile Lawn ) and a rather disturbing encounter sends Juno Marlowe on a strange adventure. In this wi Leggi tutto
Unloved by her mother, disliked by her aunt, considered a plaything by childhood friends, Juno is not thought of quite so much as a person in her own right but as ...well, just someone who's there. With WWII escalating, her mother in Canada, now remarried, her aunt trying to bully her into signing up Leggi tutto
I really liked the book. With just a few characters, Mary Wesley, really drew you into the story. Juno felt so unwanted and so unloved, it was wonderful seeing her blossom with her new "family". With the birth of her children she seemed to become a more confident person. Robert, a man many years older Leggi tutto
Odd story peopled with odd characters, including a protagonist who is almost more puppy than human. How can anyone reach the age of 17 without knowing how babies get here, especially since she has worked with farm animals? Another reviewer here says human twins cannot have different fathers but diff Leggi tutto
I enjoyed this book to start with, the details of WWII era life in London and the English countryside, but the ending didn't sit easily with me. I felt like everything worked out much too neatly, if that makes sense. One twin being clearly Jonty's son and the other being clearly Francis's? Not techni Leggi tutto
So boring and precious omg. I get it, she's a special girl who sees beauty in the smallest things and is very fragile and once upon a time was a major slut with her two male childhood friends. Yawn.
Possibly the best final chapter ever.
This is a nasty little book, not at all satisfactory in its plot and even less convincing. It has the tone of an author settling old scores.
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