Each character has a unique voice. Dozens of times throughout the book I'd get to the point of closing it because it was starting to feel a little slow and disjointed then the clever author would toss me a little something, a little clue to something bigger, that'd have me frantically turning more pages. Summer 1967: In the heart of rural Suffolk, 13-year-old Maisie is at her decaying family home, a former medieval abbey. How does this change when she becomes the final narrator? Sally Beuman is an excellent story-teller and her use of the tarot to flesh this novel out was intriguing. How do I love Sally? A working class gypsy boy grows up to become a successful but destructively driven advertising guy. I would also characterize her writing as especially enjoyable for those of us who enjoy the journey and aren't intently focused on the destination. Definitely worth another read - or two - or three! This unfortunately, was one of the flaws of this story.
This is where a better writer would have created more interesting and less stereotypical characters, and would have kept the story moving a bit more quickly - I got bored during the middle part of the book. At times during his story, it got a little too wordy, and allowed my thoughts to wander. Instead, I felt that it read more like a sensational tabloid that undermined its own main characters how could we like them when they treated each other - and themselves - so horribly? Daniel, who's risen from rural poverty to a wealthy but soulless and troubled London existence, finds himself still obsessed with the three sisters and haunted by the summer of 1967. The book summary set the stage for a novel I would really enjoy, alluding to a dark family tragedy that compounds already complicated relationships. Julia and Finn, along with Lucas, Daniel Nunn the sisters' childhood friend and Daniel's friend Nick Marlow, spend the summer entangled in affairs of the heart while Maisie observes.
Stella commissions Lucas Feld, a starving young artist, to paint the sisters. In my desperation I turned to the Goodreads recommendations page. I was equal parts frustrated and enthralled with this book. The Landscape of Love is a compelling novel with a complex plot about three sisters from a dysfunctinal family. From this future space, we are expected to understand why all of the characters most of which were hard to like in the first place have turned into monsters, with only vague allusions to the accident and why it occurred. Twi Where do I join the Sally Beauman fanclub? I want Sally Beauman to read the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and then rewrite the first bit.
It was interesting enough, but then this pleasant story slowly started taking some dark turns, and didn't stop until the whole thing was over. There is Julia, the gorgeous, sexy eldest daughter with a wild streak; Finn, the bookish middle sister with the most level personality and mind; and Maisie, the youngest, who is quiet, has a mild mental disorder from a childhood accident, and can see the ghosts of the nuns who still haunt the abbey. Interesting character studies and suspenseful though not quite a mystery. I think this is Ms. Let me count the ways: 1. Relationships: sisters, parents and children, boys and girls, men and women, communities. It's a hard book to describe, I think, or at least to write my thoughts without spoiling anything.
The relationships are probably the best part, although by no means are they warm and fuzzy. With his paint brush, Lucas uncannily captures the passion, heartbreak and mystery of the bittersweet summer. Which mysteries are left unsolved or ambiguous? There is Julia, the gorgeous, sexy eldest daughter with a wild streak; Finn, the bookish middle sister with the most level personality and mind; and Maisie, the youngest, who is quiet, has a mild me This was quite a haunting book; one of the few adult novels I've forayed into. I expected a careful interweaving of events and people - a book that was haunting in its complexity, a bit like Ethan Frome. I think I'm just burned out on stories about financially struggling British families who randomly own crumbling centuries-old ancestral castles, the rich relatives who shun them, and the people they have sex with. You can take the story at face value, but her themes revolve around the bigger picture of humanities brilliance, flaws and emotions4.
Apparently a very long interview. Sally Beauman is a beautiful writer. Which mysteries are left unsolved or ambiguous? The reader never fully understands as the characters don't why the accident happened - but that wouldn't be important if we came to an ultimate understanding of the characters and their motivations. In turn, Maisie embarks upon a portrait of her own: She begins an account of her family and of a summer in which their lives will irrevocably, and terribly, change. Also randomly this is about the 5th book I have read this year set in part in the decaying estate of a once wealthy British family, although this one was perhaps a little less gothic than the rest.
It was a sad story, but by the end you felt ok with how things worked out. The family has three daughters, and each of them plays an important role in his life. I found the story interesting, however, and enjoyed the telling of the past more than I did of the present. Winter 1991: As the now-famous portrait of the Mortland sisters is being featured in a huge exhibition, Daniel seeks to free himself of his obsession with these women by unraveling the secrets of that fateful summer. Yet the writing completely immersed me into the setting and lives of the characters, allowing me to experience the tragedy that occurred one fateful summer and all the torment and brokenness that it brought with it. It's a wonder to me why it's not more well-known.
This is an unusual book and I realize that it would not be everyone's cup of tea. Diane Setterfield will keep you guessing, make you wonder, move you to tears and laughter and, in the end, deposit you breathless yet satisfied back upon the shore of your everyday life. Which mysteries are left unsolved or ambiguous? This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I wanted to really love this book. The author kept me on the edge of my seat as I kept reading to get more and more information of what had happened in the lives of all of the characters. After a long partnership Sally and Alan married in 2004.
Every character in this book is keeping secrets. My other favorite neo-Bronte book is The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. You can take the story at face value, but her themes revolve around the bigger picture of humanities brilliance, flaws and emotions 4. She is one to write about lives lived I was caught between 4 stars and 5 stars and I went with 5 stars because I love this author and her style of writing. The reader never fully understands as the characters don't why the accident happened - but that wouldn't be important if we came to an ultimate understanding of the characters and their motivations.