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Lolly Willowes, or The Loving Huntsman (1926)

de Sylvia Townsend Warner

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"In Lolly Willowes, Sylvia Townsend Warner tells of an aging spinster's struggle to break away 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"--Publisher description.… (mais)
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Got close to 10% but DNF

So many characters, so much rewinding trying to find a foothold in the story, that I paused it and spaced out instead of continuing. Now, upon further research, I'm going to let it go.
  Corinne2020 | May 18, 2024 |
Wow, oh, my, just read the GR reviews. How could this not be one of my 6 selections for HEIOTL (Howard's End Is On the Landing about reading books you own)?

Sometimes, gobbling the latest modern novel, you forget how good good writing can be. Sylvia Townsend Warner is a fine writer who spins a compelling tale with unique and varied characters. Lolly Willowes is a maiden aunt living with her brother and his family in London after growing up happily in the country."She spent her life being useful to those who didn't want her." She realizes her true calling is to become a witch. "When I think of witches, I seem to see all over England, all over Europe, women living and growing old, as common as blackberries, and as unregarded. I see them, wives and sisters of respectable men, chapel members, and blacksmiths and small farmers, and Puritans. In places like Bedfordshire, the sort of country one sees from the train. You know. Well, there they were, there they are, child-rearing, housekeeping, hanging washed dishcloths on currant bushes and for diversion each other's silly conversation, and listening to men talking together in the way that men talk and women listen." It is a short novel and the best I've read all year. Next up is her story of a lonely, despairing missionary on a tropical island where he's only made one convert, [b:Mr. Fortune's Maggot|264840|Mr. Fortune's Maggot; and, The Salutation|Sylvia Townsend Warner|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320564563s/264840.jpg|256747]and the next story is [b:Summer Will Show|958670|Summer Will Show|Sylvia Townsend Warner|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1228918840s/958670.jpg|943580]about an "early Victorian lady of means with a secret passion for pugilism." The last book in my collection is [b:The Corner That Held Them|958668|The Corner That Held Them|Sylvia Townsend Warner|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348920339s/958668.jpg|943578] which describes the daily life of a group of medieval nuns over 30 years. Having [b:Four in Hand: A Quarter of Novels|126693|Four in Hand A Quarter of Novels|Sylvia Townsend Warner|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1364477643s/126693.jpg|122005] is having riches in my reading bank. ( )
  featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
An odd story, but beautifully written. Laura Willowes, a spinster, who, through childish mispronunciation, became known as Lolly. Set in the 1920s, Lolly rejected the safe, respectable, boring life with her brother and sister-in-law to live in an out of the way village named Great Mop. When she discovers her identity as a witch the story becomes much more interesting. ( )
  VivienneR | Apr 15, 2024 |
Sentence after sentence that makes you smile with delight. Very British, very witty, and a countryside I would not mind losing myself in. Besides this, this is a book about suffocating social conventions, women who are not allowed to have lives of their own, space of their own - and about how to win your life and space. I think this is the kind of book it is going to be a pleasure to re-read at some point. ( )
  Alexandra_book_life | Dec 15, 2023 |
the dominant character in this book is the countryside. it's a very pastoral novel and although the plot and character writing is good to me it felt of secondary importance. weirdly it reminds me of the kinks village green preservation society album. it feels like a paean to the traditional village which never changes - a certain character even says something like once a wood always a wood. weirdly the main character goes through all this effort just to stay still. I loved all the descriptions of the village and the countryside and "traditional living" and it made me want to live it pretty bad. the main story about a woman escaping her forced role etc is also good although I couldn't help thinking "well you're from a rich family and have an income so that's good" but also genuinely I feel like it's not emphasised so much and it only appears really explicitly near the end. idk it's good ( )
  tombomp | Oct 31, 2023 |
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When her father died, Laura Willowes went to live in London with her elder brother and his family.
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Preference, not prejudice, made them faithful to their past. They slept in beds and sat in chairs whose comfort insensibly persuaded them into respect for the good sense of their forbears. Finding that well-chosen wood and well-chosen wine improved with keeping, they believed that the same law applied to well-chosen ways.
So Laura read undisturbed, and without disturbing anybody, for the conversation at local tea-parties and balls never happened to give her an opportunity of mentioning anything that she had learnt from Locke on the Understanding or Glanvil on Witches. In fact, as she was generally ignorant of the books which their daughters were allowed to read, the neighboring mammas considered her rather ignorant. However they did not like her any the worse for this, for her ignorance, if not so sexually displeasing as learning, was of so unsweetened a quality as to be wholly without attraction.
Being without coquetry she did not feel herself bound to feign a degree of entertainment which she had not experienced, and the same deficiency made her insensible to the duty of every marriageable young woman to be charming, whether her charm be directed towards one special object, or in default of that, universally distributed through a disinterested love of humanity.
She had thought that sorrow would be her companion for many years, and had planned for its entertainment.
After some years in his house she came to the conclusion that Caroline had been very bad for his character. Caroline was a good woman and a good wife. She was slightly self-righteous and fairly rightly so, but she yielded to Henry's judgment in every dispute, she bowed her good sense to his will and blinkered her wider views in obedience to his prejudices. Henry had a high opinion of her merits, but thinking her to be so admirable and finding her to be so acquiescent had encouraged him to have an even higher opinion of his own.
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"In Lolly Willowes, Sylvia Townsend Warner tells of an aging spinster's struggle to break away 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"--Publisher description.

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