A novel about people, a country estate, and living history “The house contains time. Its walls hold stories. Births and deaths, comings and goings, people and events passing through. . . . For now, however, it lies suspended in a kind of emptiness, as if it has fallen asleep or someone has put it... show more
A novel about people, a country estate, and living history “The house contains time. Its walls hold stories. Births and deaths, comings and goings, people and events passing through. . . . For now, however, it lies suspended in a kind of emptiness, as if it has fallen asleep or someone has put it under a spell. This silence won’t last: can’t last. Something will have to be done.” When brother and sister Charlie and Ros discover that they have inherited their aunt’s grand English country house, they must decide if they should sell it. As they survey the effects of time on the estate’s architectural treasures, a narrative spanning two and a half centuries unfolds. We meet those who built the house, lived in it and loved it, worked in it, and those who would subvert it to their own ends. Each chapter is skillfully woven into the others so that the storylines of the upstairs and downstairs characters and their relatives and descendants intertwine to make a rich tapestry. A beautifully written novel full of humor, heart, and poignancy, Ashenden is an evocative portrait of a house that becomes a character as compelling as the people who inhabit it.
Publish date: January 8th 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 339
Edition language: English
The only thing that I can say about this book was that it was a series of short stories with a house as the central character. I am still baffled by the Downton Abbey reference unless it was done to "market" the book to garner more sales because, in my humble opinion, there was nothing DA about this...
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads.What a beautiful story. It is more series of short stories connected by the common thread of the house Ashenden. I really liked the way this was written. It had a wonderful feel to it and reminded me very much of Downton Abbey.I loved...
Ashenden is a charming historical read that concerns itself with the generations of owners and servants living in a manor house built in the English countryside in 1775. Beginning in the present when siblings Charlie and Ros inherit Ashenden upon the death of their great aunt, it meanders back to wh...
Have this out from the library, but taking a closer look at the reviews mentioning it's more a collection of stories about a house, tells me it isn't going to be a good fit for me. Moving on, life is too short.
When Charlie and Ros inherit their aunt's elaborate eighteenth century English country mansion, they're torn on what to do with it. The reader is then flung back in time over the years to experience, in clip-show fashion, the ups and downs of the house's historical past. Each chapter builds anothe...