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All Passion Spent - Victoria Glendinning, Vita Sackville-West
All Passion Spent
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In 1860, as a young girl of 17, Lady Slane nurtures a secret, burning ambition—to become an artist. She becomes, instead, the wife of a great statesman and the mother of 6 children. Seventy years later, released by widowhood, and to the dismay of her pompous children, she abandons the family home... show more
In 1860, as a young girl of 17, Lady Slane nurtures a secret, burning ambition—to become an artist. She becomes, instead, the wife of a great statesman and the mother of 6 children. Seventy years later, released by widowhood, and to the dismay of her pompous children, she abandons the family home for a tiny house in Hampstead. Here she recollects the dreams of youth, and revels in her newfound freedom with her odd assortment of companions: Genoux, her French maid; Mr. Bucktrout, her house agent; and a coffin maker who pictures people dead in order to reveal their true characters. And then there's Mr. FitzGeorge, an eccentric millionaire who met and loved her in India when she was young and very lovely. It is here in this world of her own that she finds a passion that comes only with the freedom to choose, and it is this, her greatest gift, that she passes on to the only one who can understand its value. First published in 1931, Vita Sackville-West's masterpiece is the fictional companion to her great friend Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780860683582 (0860683583)
Publisher: Virago
Pages no: 297
Edition language: English
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Edward
Edward rated it
Introduction, by Joanna Lumley--All Passion Spent
Yellowed Pages. Cups of Tea.
Yellowed Pages. Cups of Tea. rated it
5.0 Virago Modern Classics Marathon #1: My FIRST Virago. Le Sigh.
I couldn't resist starting my Virago Modern Classics marathon before I finished Inkdeath---sorry Cornelia Funke. I've accumulated quite a few VMCs, so I figured it was time for a marathon. Ah...my first Virago. How perfect it be this... This is a novel of independence, femininity, self-satisfaction,...
Bettie's Books
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4.0 All Passion Spent
bookshelves: published-1931, winter-20132014, radio-4x, lit-richer, classic, those-autumn-years, play-dramatisation, britain-england, families, fradio, lifestyles-deathstyles, filthy-lucre Read from January 12 to 17, 2014 R4xDescription: Adaptation of the 1931 novel by Vita Sackville-West about ...
Lee's Library
Lee's Library rated it
4.0 All Passion Spent
I found this to be a thoughtful novel about a woman who finally gets to live as she pleases following the death of her husband upsetting the plans of her pompous and calculating children.The middle part of the book focuses on her contemplation of the past; her life always in the background as the wi...
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
5.0 As relevant today as in 1931
Vita Sackville-West was the great friend (lover) of Virginia Woolf, and this book explores themes similar to those in Woolf's A Room of One's Own. It's beautifully written, totally engaging, and even though it was published in 1931, inspiring and relevant.Here, the "admirably dutiful" life of eight...
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