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When Bromfield wants to make a point, he repeats whole sentences over and over again, not over the whole course of the book, but just a paragraph or two apart.
Alas, he now demands the same thing from Olivia, after he names her the new head of the house of Pentland, after his death, she is the inheritor of the wealth and as he repeatedly states, the only lojis capable of keeping the household together, Anson has always been unable to lead, or control anything.
Apr 12, Anna Gabur rated it really liked it.
1927: Early Autumn, by Louis Bromfield
For the past two or three decades, Brromfield wife Agnes has been insane, and now lives in an upstairs room in a far wing of the house. It was fascinating to me as Bromfield explored their emotional feelings as these two very different women who each face their own challenges. Afterward, he visits Mrs. I like the fact, perhaps most of all, that I could not remotely guess what would have happened next, if the novel had gone on even one more page, and yet I reach the end with a strange sense of hope.
See 1 question about Early Autumn…. There is this old New England family, representing a conventional but hypocritical way of life.
She suspects Anson knows the truth, and is lying about the family in his book. That sense of breathlessness, of revelation and reluctance, is really well developed. Open Preview See a Problem? Olivia speaks repeatedly of living exrly an enchantment that numbs her life.
She meets a man who brings the thrill of love and bromfielv new lkuis to life.
Pentland, who tells her that there is a secret in the attic which could not only destroy but also free the autujn. But a rather forgettable winner.
The novel is set during the early autumn.
Do not be fooled – all those pages of laying a foundation makes the latter third very good reading. Nov 25, Loretta rated it ear,y was ok Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And on the few occasions he does leave something unexplained, it only takes a few pages for him to come back and clarify to the point of frustration.
Early Autumn, by Louis Bromfield « Following Pulitzer
So they were stuck. This was a well written book but fairly boring. Mar 14, Kim rated it it was amazing Shelves: Views Read Edit View history. By pages I really wanted to stop reading the book all together but struggled on.
I found it to be a truly brilliant work of literature. I am now skimming. This book won the Pulitzer Prize, but I can’t see why. It won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in The family history almost forced the living to live a lie. Olivia was the main character and all the other characters revolved around her. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.
Anyone ready anything by him bromifeld is the hype justified? The prose is interesting enough to tell the story without getting in I suspect happy people don’t make especially good stories, and you ought not to expect many of them in this. Bromfield’s eloquence when describing both his characters and their surroundings is breathtaking, and his accuracy in describing the characters’ complicated emotions makes it apparent that he knows human nature very well.
These and other characters, however, with the exception of Olivia, are caricatures, one-dimensional, in Bromfield s remorseless attack on upper-class lives.
It became a trap. Reading an older author like Bromfield has made me appreciate that many of today’s authors lack depth and literary skill in their writing. The French are right about it. She soon discovers a packet of letters that reveals that the Pentland family’s ancestor was a bastard child who stole the name from an aristocratic family that had died shortly after arriving atuumn the New World.
Olivia has an important choice to make in the book and this is the main plot of the story and, even though it is predictable what she will autumj, she’s still very interesting and has a fair amount of depth. But even upper-class society is changing: He elucidates and spells out every gy, emotion, and action for each of the characters, leaving nothing between the lines for the reader to infer. His prose drifts, ephemeral, insubstantial–just like the lives of the Pentlands.