Cinque ragazzi, cugini tra loro, si ritrovano a casa degli zii Richard e Helen in Cornovaglia per la loro tradizionale vacanza estiva. È il 1939 e la vacanza finisce bruscamente con lo scoppio della guerra, che segna in modo irrevocabile l’esistenza di tutti. Oliver, diciannovenne e di ritorno dalla guerra di Spagna, è cambiato in tutto tranne che nel disperato amore per Calypso, bellissima ma avida e apparentemente incapace di amare. Polly e suo fratello Walter si trovano a vivere da soli a Londra e la loro casa diventa il punto di passaggio di giovani e vecchi; e Sophie, la piccolina del gruppo e orfana dalla nascita, deve continuare a vivere con gli zii, che la tollerano ma certo non la amano. La paura quotidiana della morte, l’incertezza del domani invece di rinchiudere le persone in una dimensione familiare, provoca in giovani e vecchi un’insaziabile curiosità per tutto. Alternando scene degli anni di guerra a scene ambientate negli anni ottanta il romanzo ci permette di seguire la vita dei protagonisti uniti da perdite e amori, da legami famigliari e da amici. Ciascuno di loro cresce non solo per sopravvivere ma per rimanere fedele a se stesso e a coloro che ama.
- ISBN: 8896919134
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 332
Sub- The Forsyte Saga frippery. This is not a compliment, it doesn't have the depth of characters or development of plot of Galsworthy's epic novel. Sub- Night and Day frippery. This is a compliment, it doesn't have the awful pretension and snobbery that Virginia Woolf could never avoid in her life or Leggi tutto
Synopsis: a portrait of an upper class extended family and their circle, immediately before, during, and some 50 years after World War II; portrayed with little pity but a good amount of compassion and dollops of tragedy and humor. Mary Wesley tells not shows, and that's perfectly fine. She was 72 w Leggi tutto
My appreciation of The Camomile Lawn was fed by three sources; one being the knowledge that this novel was written when Wesley was 72 and it was only her second novel for adults. The second was the novel's authentic immediacy; Wesley does not bother with many descriptive passages and she very quickl Leggi tutto
Here is a novel which is of a very particular type, it’s almost (but not) a self-parody of the clipped we-don’t-do-emotion (well, we do, but we don’t go on about it) British School of No Nonsense. It’s about a family of cousins and others surviving or not through World War Two. They’re all fairly po Leggi tutto
I'd heard good things about this book and duly sought it out like a sort of bibliophilic blood hound. When I say I'd heard good things I didn't actually know anything about it; the title and the inclusion of the word Camomile immediately planted seeds of ideas including tameness, anodine blandness a Leggi tutto
In not sure what to say about this one. It's been on my list for a while and I found a copy at a used book sale. I've heard good things about Mary Wesley, and how can I not be interested in an author who started writing for adults at the age of 72? The story starts in 1939 at an Uncle's house in Corn Leggi tutto
I'm not sure what the point of this book really was...the story of an extended family set in WWII London and Cornwall. The book jumps back and forth between the war experiences and the future when most of the characters are heading to a funeral and reminiscing about those times. These people need to Leggi tutto
For some time now I do carework for the elderly in the UK. People in their late 80's or even 90's, whose young years play out on the pages of this book. Often they relate to me their war-time experiences, in fact it seems, that - very understandibly - those years left the deepest marks on their live Leggi tutto
The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley is a provocative novel that tells the story of five cousins during their annual holiday in a house by the sea. It is the summer of 1939, the last the cousins will share together as the world is on the edge of war. Each of the male couins will be called to duty, hence Leggi tutto
This is a wartime story, largely set in Cornwall and London during the days immediately before WWII and the following six years, as we watch different generations deal with going to war, sending loved ones off, managing with privation and bombardment and lives turned up side down as well as changing Leggi tutto
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