[BOOK] A Sensible Life ì Mary Wesley – instanbooks.live
Mary Wesley Í 2 CharactersI have a few of Mary Wesley s novels that I want to read again A Sensible Life is not one of her best though it is a tender and witty novel of how one finds their way *to adulthood There didn t seem a need for a climax but it was a gentle story *adulthood There didn t seem a need for a climax but it was a gentle story friendship family and love I love Mary Wesley s books I read them all in Danish a long time ago
Whilst maybe not a 5 star book I have read this at least once every year of my life That kindmaybe not a 5 star book I have read this at least once every year of my life That kind connection to a book deserves 5 stars on its own Flora Trevelyan is an absolutely fascinating little girl aloof resilient defiant With no one to guide her she navigates her own ath to adulthood and I think she s brilliant follow the life of flora a 10 year old misfit from the beaches of dinard to the west country 40 years later she is lonely with a love for animals and french foul language along with italian and russian her father is a diplomat in india Haunted Marion, Ohio passionately in love with her mother and theair of them totally disregard her and eventually settle in india Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers, permanently flora is welcomed into a circle of english familes in Brittany whom she distrusts at first but is slowly drawn in along with her relationship with a russian dressmaker herath crosses with those of cosmo hubert and felix and continue to do so over the next 40 yearsthis is the time it takes for her to discover her own sense of belonging and their love affairs to be explored consummated and finally resolved the author takes an old fashioned look at life and eople in general and this is reflected in her writing bev Hated it I would like to drown these characters An enjoyable flick through some ages of Flora s sensible life though I am not sure why she should have her
told There are some great sketches in here I liked our eriodic visits to the devoted but selfish Trevelyans in India I greatly enjoyed our stay at Coppermalt for a slice of Downton Abbey meets Brideshead However I am not sure whether our heroes Flora Cosmo Blanco Felix are ever uite up to the job of leading the story and it is the second row of characters Milly Angus Joyce Vita etc who really made this a good read Flora sensing that nobody would be looking her way risked looking up All around fellow diners hushed Across the table Hubert looked bland Behind his master s chair the butler raised his eyes to the ceiling General Leigh face flushed red said Wh. Flora Trevelyan is a ten year old misfit despised by her selfish and indolent The Total Fishing Manual (Field Stream) parents and left to wander the streets of a small French town whilst herarents repare to depart for life in colonial India There she befriends the locals acu. At glaring at Miss Green who in an almost inaudible voice was heard to repeat her remark D don t you think the L League of N Nations wonderful General Leigh W what do you think of it vis a vis B Baldwin It is a club for Frogs and Wogs said Angus loudly It bodes nothing but ill it will bring disaster That bugger Baldwin Dragons Do Eat Homework (The Bailey School Kids Jr. Chapter Book, pretends to go along with it but he secretly despises it as I do openly The League of so called Nations is an international mafia of ill repute artfully concocted byolitical lounge lizards and communists at somebody else s expense Who is going to The Last Ride of German Freddie pick up the bill for all their tommy rot and skulduggery Miss Green Tell me that Meet Flora Trevelyan She s a young girl of 10 on vacation in France with her extremely laissez faire to theoint of negligent 16 v ja haku päällä parents Left to her own devices she meets hotel staff a village seamstress various dogs and other vacationers Inarticular she meets the Leigh family and becomes friends with their son Cosmo and his friend Hubert both of them aged 15 They are at first The Malbim Esther protective of her and then over the years begin to love her There s an even older boy Felix who is aged 21 at the time of the French holiday Wesley describes young love and infatuation wellbut there is a creepy edge to it at the same time whichut me off from the story somewhat At any rate Flora s arents return to India where her father is a civil servant Flora stays behind in boarding school She continues to have intermittent contact with General Angus Leigh his wife Milly and their children We see the over indulgent but genuine love of the Leighs contrasted with Florastory told There are some great sketches in here I liked our eriodic visits to the devoted but
S Family There Are Manyfamily There are many of life shown but I m unsure whether any of them are truly sensibleBottom line Very few of the characters were likable and the story arc spanned so much time almost thirty years that it was difficult to become invested emotionally However Wesley writes rose with enough skill to elevate the book slightly
above average Given 255 stars or a rating of Above Average Recommendedaverage Given 255 stars or a rating of Above Average Recommended a library check out for those who enjoy BritishEnglish literature Another uote Eventually asleep she had nightmares and screamed because Matron of all Constructing Effective Criticism people had turned into a marble bust which yet incomprehensibly and terrifyingly had arms hands which held her in a throttling grip shaking her awake You stupid girl look what you ve done to your bedclothes. Ires an extensive vocabulary of French foul language and encounters therivileged lifestyle of the elegant middle class British families holidaying in 1920s FranceIntroduced for the first time to kindly civilised and above all caring eo. All tangled up and all over the floor No wonder you are shivering Sorry Matron I was I
ll get you a hot drink Doctor will be here in the morning Is heget you a hot drink Doctor will be here in the morning Is he What d you mean marble Been dreaming you dwelt in marble halls Matron
Straightened The Sheets Andthe sheets and Marble arms Not arms halls I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls is how it goes I m not totally uneducated my girl And I am not your girl Stuff I learned Here s a link to an article about boarding schools in England here s a less flattering article about how boarding school may have contributed to some of Flora s neurosis For the best Electric Machines and Power Systems part of this book I was enthralled by the depiction of the time andlace I was a little disappointed by the ending which seemed unmotivated by the trajectories of the characters to Jon Stanton Series - Three Thrillers (White Angel Murder prior to thatoint Thats ok though I still loved this book and look forward to reading Mary Wesley Flora Trevelyan is the daughter of negligent self absorbed The Fundamental 5 parents raised by hied help Herarents spend most of their time in India where her father Denys Trevelyan works in the Indian Civil Service He considers his daughter as an expense an inconvenience a wedge between himself his wife and his career and never refers to her by name He grudgingly resigns himself to the fact that he is responsible for Flora s upbringing and education as cheaply as The Gate — Things my Mother told me. possible until she turns seventeen at whichoint she can be brought to India and married offIn 1926 ten year old Flora comes to the notice of two fifteen year old English boys who are in Brittany for the Easter holidays In turn Flora observes the mannerisms and interactions of families where the Vanity Loves Company parentsay attention to and care for their children During this short time Wastin Away period the two boys and a young Dutchman are friendly to her and she winds up falling in love with all threeEachart of the book takes The Team Handbook place over a span of 35 years as Flora s life reconnects with her lovesand as she makes decisions to live a sensible life rather than do what is expected of herWhile some of thelot seems overly dramatic this book successfully describes the feelings of loneliness fear of rejection the obsession of cerebral love and the reality of carnal love This book was lovely I loved the English backdrop and lushness elegant music at beginning and ending with a side of erotica in the middle Enjoyed it thoroughly Anna Massey s narrationbrillian. Ple Flora falls helplessly and hopelessly in love with not one but three young menOver the next forty years Flora will grow from an awkward schoolgirl into a stunning beauty and explore consummate and finally resolve each of these affairs.