Manservant and Maidservant

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Manservant and Maidservant

Post by Stefanie on Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:07 pm

Here I thought I was late and probably had missed most of the discussion! Smile

I know several mentioned the difficulty they had getting into the story. I did too and it never seemed to really flow along though I think the whole thing being conversation worked fine. I liked the book in that I appreciated what Compton-Burnett was doing and I liked the bookend beginning and ending and that it was just about life and people trying to make the best of things. I didn't love the book though. I guess I like my fiction a little less realistic.

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Re: Manservant and Maidservant

Post by iliana on Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:23 pm

Stefanie, thank you for starting the discussion. I get the feeling this may be the shortest discussion we'll ever have. Unfortunately I still haven't finished the book. I had a long week last week and so my book reading has been slow going. I really am enjoying it but it may be a while before I finish it. Oops.

Anyway, one of the things that's really struck me so far is how aware the children are to the parents and their treatment of each other. One scene that comes to mind is when Sarah cries because she hears her siblings saying they like her and then Horace says she shouldn't cry when she hears a pleasant word about herself. Avery pipes up and says that she doesn't always hear such nice things. How wonderful to see someone standing up for Sarah but it just really amazed me as these were little kids calling out their parents. I guess I just didn't expect to see that.

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Re: Manservant and Maidservant

Post by Stefanie on Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:49 pm

Sorry about you long week Iliana. It seems you are not alone!

I was surprised at how aware and bold the children were too. The poking of pins in the wax effigy of Horace and then tossing it on the fire, those are some unhappy children. And just wait, you haven't seen nothin' yet!

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