Alla morte del padre, la giovane Denham Dobie è obbligata a lasciare la sua esistenza un po' selvaggia e senza obblighi sui Pirenei per approdare nel circolo intellettuale e pettegolo dei suoi parenti materni. Gettata così in un mondo di editori e scrittori, questa giovane donna goffa di fatto un maschiaccio e una ribelle - vede la società londinese per quella che è, egocentrica e superba, e offre un devastante - e assai divertente - commento sociale all'interno della sua commovente storia personale. Ne deriva una cristallina riflessione sulle famiglie che "sono come i moscerini, inventati per dare fastidio" e sulle grandi città che sono per la nostra Denham un non-senso, al punto di interrogarsi più volte sul perché tante persone abitino a Londra.
- ISBN: 8898713576
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 264
- Data di uscita: 01-01-2016
It's always a treat to stumble across a book by an author I've never read before, only to open it up and discover that what's inside is magic. Rose Macaulay's writing is smart, understated, and deliriously funny in a saucily deadpan sort of way - she had me at the dedication (which I'd quote here bu Leggi tutto
NB. Train nerds. No trains to Crewe appear in this novel.
My introduction to Rose Macaulay was with her 1950 novel The World my Wilderness – which I absolutely loved. I was therefore delighted that Virago has seen fit to re-issue some of her novels – and while I’d always prefer a shabby old green these new editions are lovely to be going on with. Crewe Trai Leggi tutto
Written in the 1920s, Rose Macaulay obviously has some strong views on social conventions, literary society, publishing houses, Roman Catholics, marriage and how babies destroy a woman’s freedom. What a woman she was. I like this quote from one of her other books “At the worse a house unkept cannot Leggi tutto
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Rose Macaulay’s delightful 1926 comic novel is a gently acerbic satire on both 'a woman's role' and London's 1920s publishing milieu. It comes on like a cross between Jane Austen and Philip Barry, even down to the well-heeled, eccentric family (very Barryesque) at its center. That family is the Lond Leggi tutto
I’m not at all surprised that readers of Rose Macaulay’s remarkable 1926 novel Crewe Train are divided in their opinions of the book’s heroine, Denham Dobie. I’m a fan; in fact she’s gone straight to somewhere near the top of my list of favourite literary characters. While I can see that she will be Leggi tutto
Perceptive and wise in its reflections on life and love, compelling in its characters, and crammed full of hot takes like "When a dull story and an interesting story conflict, the dull one has no chance." There's nothing remotely dull about this story.
Kudos to Virago Modern Classics for keeping the work of this prolific, excellent writer available. I was introduced to Macaulay's work a few years ago when I studied The World My Wilderness for an Osher Lifetime Learning Course. We had a lot of trouble obtaining secondhand copies of that wonderful b Leggi tutto
I had not previously heard of Rose Macaulay, who was apparently quite a popular author in her day, which has very much been my loss. Crewe Train (which is set neither in Crewe nor on a train) features a unique heroine in the plainspoken Denham Dobie, and while some of its concerns are unique to the
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