[PDF/EPUB] Westwood or The Gentle Powers By Stella Gibbons

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characters Westwood or The Gentle Powers free read Westwood or The Gentle Powers 106 read & download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Stella Gibbons Erament and keeps her service boys 'ever so cheery' When Margaret finds a ration book on Hampstead Heath the pompous writer Gerard Challis enters both their lives Margaret slavishly adores Challis I was surprised to read a couple of negative reviews of this book as I absolutely loved it although its 30 years since I read Cold Comfort Farm so in that respect I can t make a comparison There are wonderful social observations and some very funny passages I disagree with some reviews on that all of the characters are unsympathetic They all have their unattractive sides which the author makes a point of showing us but that unfortunately is humam nature The central character also changes throughout the book and is much of a complete person by the end There is a also a real wise woman in the character of Lady Challis I think the introduciton of the Downes Syndrome child was actually uite innovative for the time and as the narrator seems to education her to a certain extent the author may well have been making a point through this The only thing that did jar slightly with me was the way the foreign accents were written but overall this book was a joy to read

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characters Westwood or The Gentle Powers free read Westwood or The Gentle Powers 106 read & download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Stella Gibbons And his artistic circle; Challis idolises Hilda for her hair and her eyes and Hilda finds Gerard's romantic overtures a bit of a bind This is a delightfully comic and wistful tale of love and longi The plot is minimal there is much telling not showing and too many authorial interruptions but my gosh the characters they are fabulous Margaret the plain sensible one who nonetheless longs for beauty truth art something than the tedious suburban life with her tedious suburban mother her BFF Hilda the opposite of Margaret who thinks nothing of beauty or art and just wants to have fun with service men on leave without ever risking her future marriage prospectsThat s the side of the suburbs On the bohemian side up in Hamstead are the Challises and the Niland artists writers self servers uite monstrous is Hebe the spoilt daughter who unloads her children onto any passing person and instead of being grateful to Margaret for looking after them tells her a story about her parents and grandparents and justifies it to herself I thought it would do instead of thanking her If she was alive nowadays she s be called Poppy and would be Chelsea tractoring her way round Primrose Hill in her Lululemon yoga pants and always turning up late for the childminderMost monstrous of all if Gerald Challis Hebe s father He is apparently based on Charles Morgan a now forgotten writer who didn t believe writing should or could be humorous He falls for Hilda and writes her into his new play as a tragedian a character who kills herself because men keep falling for her whilst never really understanding anything about women If he was alive now he d still be unaware of his misogyny How can I hate women My wife is oneAlthough Gibbons was satirising the way male writers portray female characters in their fiction way before it was fashionable to do so the book is hardly feminist marriage is still the aim of women with a career being only a stop gap until that goal is met Margaret finds happiness through self sacrifice and child care of other people s childrenThe war apart from destroying the Nilands cottage doesn t really touch these characters there s rationing and air raids but lives and loves go on as before The one thing Gibbons moots is that books and plays about art and death belong to the time before the war that common sense and cheeriness much like Flora Poste is Cold Comfort Farm is what is needed during times of war

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characters Westwood or The Gentle Powers free read Westwood or The Gentle Powers 106 read & download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Stella Gibbons Set in wartime London Westwood tells the story of Margaret Steggles a plain bookish girl whose mother has told her that she is not the type that attracts men Her schoolfriend Hilda has a sunny temp From BBC Radio 4 ExtraIn 1943 bomb hit London teacher Margaret Steggles falls under the spell of the wealthy Challis family Episode 2Teacher Margaret Steggles wonders if pompous playwright Gerald Challis really is the man of her dreamsStars Juliet Aubreyhttpwwwbbccoukprogrammesb01322b0

  • Paperback
  • 464
  • Westwood or The Gentle Powers
  • Stella Gibbons
  • English
  • 05 March 2017
  • 9780099528722