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ISBN:
0860683532
Author:
Barbara Comyns
Category:
Contemporary
Language:
English
Publisher:
Virago Press Ltd.; New Ed edition (1983)
Pages:
224 pages
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Rating:
4.8
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Sisters By A River: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics). Enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Barbara Comyns weaves a tale that rivets and opens a world of poverty that most of us will not experience in our lifetimes.

Sisters By A River: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics). Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead. I especially enjoyed the chapters where she outlines the impossibly archaic childbirth procedures of that century. Would recommend this book.

Barbara Comyns (1909-92) was born in Bidford-on-Avon in Warwickshire

Barbara Comyns (1909-92) was born in Bidford-on-Avon in Warwickshire. She was an artist and writer, worked in advertising, dealt in old cars and antiques, bred poodles and developed property. She was twice married, and she and her second husband lived in Spain for eighteen years, returning to the UK in the early 1970s. She is the author of eleven books, including Sisters by a River (1947), Our Spoons Came from Woolworths (1950), The Vet's Daughter (1959), The Skin Chairs (1962) and A Touch of Mistletoe (1967). She died in Shropshire in 1992. Библиографические данные.

Barbara Comyns weaves a tale that rivets and opens a world of poverty that most of us will not experience in our . Strange writing style. Wasn’t what I expected. My moms silverware came from Kresses or Woolworths and we had a very cheerful life

Barbara Comyns weaves a tale that rivets and opens a world of poverty that most of us will not experience in our lifetimes. My moms silverware came from Kresses or Woolworths and we had a very cheerful life.

My third read for All Virago/all August and so far I am really enjoying reading my lovely green VMC’s and having . Poor Sophia is soon to bitterly regret both her hasty marriage and her adultery

My third read for All Virago/all August and so far I am really enjoying reading my lovely green VMC’s and having the chance to get to grips with authors I know less well, or as in the case of Barbara Comyns – not at all. Like the last book I read – Devoted Ladies by Molly Keane – this novel also seems to divide opinion a bi. Poor Sophia is soon to bitterly regret both her hasty marriage and her adultery. Our Spoons Came from Woolworths is the story of a hasty marriage between two people who are not any good for one another.

Virago modern classics books. A complete list of virago modern classics. Our Spoons Came from Woolworths. Virago modern classics childrens books. Virago modern classics bookclub. 110. All Passion Spent.

I love these Virago Modern Classic books. Anytime I see these distinctive green or black spines with beautiful artwork on their covers at book sales, I pick them up without looking at the titles, because I already know how good they'll be. By women authors sometimes long out of print, they are rescued by Virago and brought back into circulation for a new generation. Despite the disclaimer I suspect many dimensions of this novel are autobiographical.

Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Our Spoons Came From Woolworths: A Virago Modern . Barbara Comyns' delightful classic novel set in bohemian 1930s London, with a new introduction by Maggie O'Farrell.

Barbara Comyns' delightful classic novel set in bohemian 1930s London, with a new introduction by Maggie O'Farrell.

Our Spoons Came from Woolworths is a novel by the English writer Barbara Comyns, first published in 1950. The book is based on Comyns's marriage to John Pemberton, which ended in 1935. In the bohemian London of the 1930s, Sophia Fairclough and her husband Charles are painters, twenty-one and newly married, and poor. Sophia has two babies and a pet newt, becomes a life model to support her family and starts an affair with an elderly art critic called Peregrine.

A Virago Modern Classic. Barbara Comyns' classic novel blends comedy and tragedy in an unforgettable, bewitching tale. Books related to Our Spoons Came From Woolworths. A perpetual mad hatter's tea party' Kate Saunders.

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  • Cordanara
This novel tells the partly autobiographical story of the author's first marriage. She freely admits she was a silly young woman with more passion than sense when she married but that is perhaps the charm of her writing. Throughout it all she maintains a romantic view of life and the world despite the grim reality of having the gas cut off or barely being able to feed yourself and your child.
The only better portrayal of poverty in literature that I can think of is the work of George Orwell but Orwell never had this romance and passion for life, this charming effervescence in the face of grim reality.
The writing style reminds me of W. Somerset Maugham or perhaps Graham Greene. Plain English, well written without excessive flair. It is very easy to read and the pages just fly by.
I had never heard of this author until now but after reading this I would happily read anything else she has written.
  • Memuro
at once the voice captivates the reader. and all the while the delivery is plain and simple, but the details of the narrative are odd and yet we are lulled into feeling all is well because the voice is so accepting of the circumstances, we are, too. eventually reality kicks in and one finds oneself taken aback by what has all transpired (or what has not). mesmerizing...? this is her second book i've read and i feel sort of addicted to the way she writes. part of me loves that and a part of me feels hypnotized (hence 4 stars instead of 5, because i can't shake the book when it is done. but really, wouldn't that merit 5 stars, then?) i am reminded of pym when i read her books.
  • Cordanius
While its no where even near the brilliance of Sisters By A River. Her first book. Its still an excellent little book. What interested me about this book is how bohemians never change. Even in 1930 they are living a precarious life. No money, no food but plenty of well...interesting friends. What also fascinated me was how accepted it was in the the 30's that men's life goals and needs were more important than women's. Kind of infuriating. And being responsible is optional. The shocking attitude to children is just as harrowing in this book. Its supposed to be fiction but I have no doubt Barbara Comyns plundered her first hand experience to write this tawdry descent into poverty. There could be no other way. And anyway, she had succeeded so will with just describing events and circumstances in Sister By A River. So a semi auto biographical take on love, marriage and children is just an extension. A quick look at the real circumstances of her life support my view that she writes pretty much how her life unfolded.
  • Bukus
Listed as a favorite book by two different friends in conversations a decade apart, "Spoons" became a must-read for me in the early eighties and has remained one of my favorite novels. I was charmed when the main character wanted to adopt a kitten because it was born on her wedding day, and I enjoyed her discovery of green paint under her fingernails as she knelt at the altar. These and many other images serve to illuminate her commitment to a romantic view of life even when she is faced with dire circumstances. Throughout her journey, as she endures horrid situations,she masterfully paints each scene with a wistful perspective and, somehow prevails. The happy ending serves as a testimony to optimism and perseverance.
  • SARAND
Strange, lovely, hilarious, sad. Marvelous voice. Incomparable in the literal sense--I can think of no other book like this.
  • Vonalij
Enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Barbara Comyns weaves a tale that rivets and opens a world of poverty that most of us will not experience in our lifetimes. I especially enjoyed the chapters where she outlines the impossibly archaic childbirth procedures of that century. Would recommend this book.
  • Coiriel
An ordinary women with an oppressive weight of a husband - and her life.
On the outside her husband defines her - his ideas, expectations, rules govern their lives. We are her and from the inside we have a different understanding. It; always good to be reminded at what can be achieved and what can be lost - just in a relationship - and that spirit can bring you through.
A little treasure of a story told by the protagonist in her simple, yet charming style. The only complaint is that it ended quite abruptly. I would recommend it to women of any age.