Jan 28, 2022
A House Unlocked
Posted by Penelope Lively

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  • Title: A House Unlocked
  • Author: Penelope Lively
  • ISBN: 9780802140074
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
[PDF] A House Unlocked | by ✓ Penelope Lively, A House Unlocked, Penelope Lively, A House Unlocked In A House Unlocked Whitbread Award and Booker Prize winning Penelope Lively takes us on a journey of her familial country house in England that her grandparents bought in As her narrative shifts from room to room object to object she paints a moving portrait of an era of rapid change and of the family that changed with the times As she charts the course of tIn A House Unl

[PDF] A House Unlocked | by ✓ Penelope Lively - A House Unlocked, A House Unlocked In A House Unlocked Whitbread Award and Booker Prize winning Penelope Lively takes us on a journey of her familial country house in England that her grandparents bought in As her narrative shift

janetandjohn

A great little slice of NF The history of a house, what was in it, and what was happening in the country during the years the author knew it A fabulous potted history of many, many things and all of it in just over 200 pages.


Lisa

This is such an interesting book Penelope Lively is one of my favourite British authors, and this book is woven around the family home in Somerset that her grandparents bought in 1923 She uses it to show how apparently unchanging buildings and landscapes can reveal both momentous events in history and changes in technology from trains to needlecraft.As readers of her fiction know, Lively has a discerning eye and a pleasing awareness of the inequities fostered by class systems, but she is also ge [...]


Ruth

I bought this for my Kindle because I was desperate for something to read RIGHT NOW, and I ve enjoyed the work of Penelope Lively before I expected her story of the old family house to be as charming and absorbing as her novels are Yawn Was I wrong She drones on and on about various aspects of English history only tenuously connected to the house I quit less than halfway through, leaving my empty boots mired in the mud.


Katrina

This book wasn t at all what I expected It s about the social history of Britain, when Lively explains that some evacuees had been sent to stay at her grandparents house she goes into great detail of how the evacuations from big cities to rural areas had been arranged I think most people reading the book would already have known all that It did get personal towards the end but it was slightly disappointing.


Jennifer

Truth is stranger than fiction when the walls talk in novelist Penelope Lively s memoir of her grandparents English country house A must read for in order of must ness 1 Fans of Lively s novels of unconventional women of old moneyed British descent 2 old house fanatics 3 Anglophiles 4 World War II buffs.


NC Weil

This memoir by fine English author Penelope Lively uses her grandmother s house in the country as a means to view social, economic and cultural changes in Britain during the 20th Century Her grandmother lived under a set of rules and customs that later generations can only marvel at she always had servants, and had no ability to prepare food, nor any sense whatever of the possibility that she could do the washing up Her generation had no fear of getting their hands and clothes dirty she was an a [...]


Joanne

In this book Penelope Lively uses her memories of Golsoncott, her grandparent s house in Somerset to discuss social changes in England during the twentieth century Each chapter is titled according to items in the house which Lively remembers, and these items are the starting point for the discussion So, for example, the second chapter is entitled The Children on the Sampler It begins with a description of a fire screen which was embroidered by her grandmother, who was a very accomplished needlew [...]


Kate

Penelope Lively takes us on a journey of her familial country house in England and as her narrative moves from room to room, from object to object, she paints a moving portrait of an era of rapid change and of the family that changed with the times As she charts the course of the domestic tensions of class and community among her relatives, she brings to life the effects of the horrors of the Russian Revolution and the Holocaust through portraits of the refugees who came to live with them A fasc [...]


DGT

Now, then here, there is shorthand for Penelope Lively s unusual history There are many ways to tell the story of the countryside and its relationship to towns and cities, which, in some respects, is also the story of Britain As the historian, Richard Hofstadter, observed of the USA, so, too, of Britain We were born in the country and have moved to the city In A House Unlocked , novelist, Penelope Lively, chooses to make Golsoncott, her grandparents home in Somerset, the central focus, and uses [...]


Michele

Penelope Lively writes well though at times she lost me particularly in the in depth garden analysis but when it comes to people I am gripped.The main occurrences of the 20th century are covered and the impact of those changes Strangely though it seems to be a eulogy for the love of a now dead husband who would never have entered Penelope s life if it hadn t been for those changes Loved the description of the once perfect garden now in a state of disrepair with nature overtaking all those years [...]


Hilary Tesh

This book requires an intelligent, thoughtful and interested response from its reader The author s memories of her grandparents home, Golsoncott in Somerset, its contents and garden trigger explorations of 20th century events and the changes they brought Rather than an autobiography, it is a social history, a reflection that the place the author remembers as an unchanging constant haven, which is now safely stashed away in the mind, complete and inviolate , was in fact as much affected by the w [...]


Julie

I enjoyed this book but it was not what i expected, it was a hotchpotch of memories some of it was on the social history such as the wartime evacuees, the history of garden design,the change in domestic circumstances which befell big houses after the war The author remembered particular objects from her childhood and the memories which were connected with them The author actually grew up in Egypt and only visited her Grandmothers home Golsoncott, in Somerset, which was in her family from 1923 [...]


Carol

The author uses objects from her grandmother s house to reflect on times passed, and how different life was before WW1 and WW2 I loved the premise, and thought I would enjoy this book than I did I found this book mildly boring, except for two chapters One was about her Aunt Rachel, an interesting character, and her involvement in sending London s wartime children out to billets the country, safe from the blitz The other chapter was the very last, which was a wrap up of reflections about how muc [...]


Chasc

I like the genre of memoirs and this one is quite original in that the intersection of personal and social history is really at the centre of the book It is what Lively chooses to really focus on i especially liked the way in which she accounted for the welfare state being set up at the end of the 2nd WW I also appreciated the way it was told, each reminiscence being called into existence by the mental examination of a a piece of furniture heirloom that used to belong to her grandmother s house [...]


Ronda Parsons

This book is so beautifully written and the premise so interesting to me that I just had to give it four stars Ms Lively explores her family home in Somerset England after 100 years of habitation and uses its objects to relate the social and political history of the past century Highlights include class distinctions, church going and the roles of men and women Very enjoyable and thought provoking.


Kirsty Darbyshire

Catching up with a big backlog of read books, hence very short writeups Not as good, or nearly as enthralling, as Oleander, Jacaranda, the memoir about Lively s childhood in Egypt, but still an interesting read This bit of non fiction is basically a chat about all kinds of changes in the twentieth century presented as a ramble around her grandmother s Somerset home It goes into a bit of a gentlewomanly rant in places.


Kayla Tornello

The author uses memories of her grandmother s house as a starting point to reminisce about earlier times The history is interesting, but the topics ramble on a bit and are only loosely connected to each other I was also disappointed that there were no photographs in this book, despite its numerous references to them I would much rather see a photo myself than to merely read a description of it.


Karlan

I had hoped for a memoir to follow Oleander Jacaranda about the author s childhood in Cairo, but this book is a collection of essays about life as seen through her eyes when visiting her grandmother s house in Suffolk She writes about the changes in society, in expectations during the 20th century The next to last chapter has the most about her own life although all the essays do include some personal stories It is, of course, elegantly written.


Kevin Darbyshire

Not what I expected from Penelope Lively This is a history of a house but seems like looking at old photographs The house and the characters are one dimensional so I never really felt engaged with the story Difficult to read in parts when the book becomes of a social commentary on times gone by I wouldn t really recommend it if you are not an avid Penelope Lively reader.


Debbie

This book was so dull I couldnt finish it The book starts with a description of the hallway and doesnt get much better If your connected in anyway the the author or ever lived in the house you may have a glimmer of interest in reading If you read for pleasure or entertainment this offers neither


Nancy

The author traces English social history via her family s country house Architecture, objects and the landscape reflect vast changes in religiosity, gender and class roles, marriage, gardening, rambling, town county, children, wars and manners Fascinating way to examine a family s history within that of the entire society.


Stephanie Householder Walker

Lively s prose is rambling and relatively uneventful This memoir devoted too many pages to descriptions of rare flowers, and not enough to the life of the author However, it does offer a unique perspective on life in upper crust English society.


Dottie

Nostalgic unspooling of memories as the author takes the reader on a mental walk through her family s estate long after it has gone out of their hands if I recall this correctly I loved the way she did this.


Martina

Another Penelope LivelyFor all who are interested in history in this book post war and WWII EnglandIt s non fiction but so interesting, because the author writes from her own childhood perspective and family.It s a house tour through history


Liz

Lively is a wonderfully subtle and interesting writer Her characters ring true and the path of her narratives make wonderful sense I will read of her writing and she has many books under her belt Her latest, how It All Began is going on my to read list.


Sarah

Reflections on the social changes of the twentieth century from Penelope Lively, guided around theSomerset house where she grew up areas highlighted include marriage, education, fox hunting and the relationship between parents and children Considered, erudite and exttemely thought provoking.


Stacey

Penolope wrote this for me A casual book, not for everyone pretty random but fascinating memoir about an old family home and between the wars England.


Shonna Froebel

Interesting premise of rooms relating to memories


Sharen

Not my favourite Lively book, but an interesting approach to memoir.


Christopher Roth

Fascinating reading My biggest complaint is that, for a memoir that is centered so closely on memories and digressions inspired by old photographs, we don t get to actually see the photos.



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