Lolly Willowes : Or the Loving Huntsman (New York Review Books Classics)
In Lolly Willowes, Sylvia Townsend Warner tells of an aging spinster's struggle to break way from her controlling family—a classic story that she treats with cool feminist intelligence, while adding a dimension of the supernatural and strange. Warner is one of the outstanding and indispensable... show more
In Lolly Willowes, Sylvia Townsend Warner tells of an aging spinster's struggle to break way from her controlling family—a classic story that she treats with cool feminist intelligence, while adding a dimension of the supernatural and strange. Warner is one of the outstanding and indispensable mavericks of twentieth-century literature, a writer to set beside Djuna Barnes and Jane Bowles, with a subversive genius that anticipates the fantastic flights of such contemporaries as Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson.
Publish date: 1999-09-30
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 230
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Literary Fiction
The title was playful, but I didn't understand the purpose of the book. Nothing interesting happened. Rather, nothing happened. A spinster moves to a place because she liked a flower that was grown there, her nephew moves there and she all of a sudden hates him for no reason, she sees a man who is ...
Sylvia Townsend Warner, London, 1920sWhen we meet Laura Willowes in the opening pages of Sylvia Townsend Warner’s first novel, Lolly Willowes (pub. 1926), her sister-in-law Caroline is distractedly offering for Laura to live in London with herself and Laura’s brother Henry, following the death of La...
A lovely, subtle story with acid humor etched in its sentences. Makes me immediately want to read more of this tremendous writer I've only just discovered.
Meh. The plot was dull. Or rather, the idea wasn't bad, but the execution was dull. The characters couldn't save it. It would all be salvageable if the prose were luminous or intricate or bold or crazy funny. But it wasn't. Feminist classic? Ok, but there must be better.
It started out well enough, and but then the story took a weird turn. Unfortunately, this turn was rather strange and also got less interesting as it went along.
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