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Lolly Willowes

Sylvia Townsend Warner

Lolly Willowes

or, The loving huntsman

by Sylvia Townsend Warner

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Published by Chatto & Windus in London .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Statementby Sylvia Townsend Warner.
The Physical Object
Pagination246 p. ;
Number of Pages246
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL16231593M

View all 3 comments. By contrast, her relationship with her mother was always strained. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Talk about the sermon, or war, or cock-fighting; and when they got back there were the potatoes to be cooked for dinner. The role and responsibilities of widows and spinsters was a subject taken up by many writers, from Vera Brittain to DH Lawrence. Eloquently written and wryly amusing throughout, the first half presented itself to me as a well-written conventional narrative, relating the tale of a young girl growing into a young woman, whose mother dies when she — Laura, known within the family as Lolly — is not quite grown.

Read it Forward Read it first. But slowly, things begin to change. She would meet nice people, and in London she would have a better chance of marrying. Take for example Sabrina.

Page one. Women, says Lolly to the devil, "know they are dynamite" and simply long for "the concussion that may justify them". When out walking, she makes a pact with a force that she takes to be Satan, to be free from such duties. It may have been written in three parts but it felt like a book of two halves or perhaps of two lives: the dutiful and accommodating life to which Lolly initially accedes and the independent and free-spirited life which she later chooses.


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Lolly Willowes book

For the rest of their lives the couple tended to seek out rural seclusion, in Norfolk and finally Dorset again. London would be a pleasant change for her.

It requires a more careful reading than I have given it so far. And there is Mr Saunter, who teaches Lolly to care for hens — which gives rise to a wonderful section about hen-wives p.

Dissatisfaction with her life creeps to the fore. This frustrated me at first; chapters are such helpful pausing places. They shared a close relationship and his early death brought her happy childhood to an end. Read it Forward Read it first. The devil appears to me more as a motif, a conduit through which Laura can examine her thoughts and her desires for her own life.

She would meet nice people, and in London she would have a better chance of marrying. Lolly finally has her freedom, but the cost is forever tied to Vinegar and the Devil.

Her novels range widely across time and place, from revolutionary Paris [Summer Will Show], the South Sea Islands [Mr Fortune's Maggot], to a 14th century priory in East Anglia [The Corner that Held Them] while her poetry encompasses ballads, epitaphs, narrative, love poems and burlesque.

Laura's other brother, James, moves into Lady Place with his wife and his young son, Titus, with the intention to continue the family's brewing business. Life in the London home of Henry, Caroline and their two girls was undoubtedly respectable as befitting the late Victorian period, but also full of dull routine.

About the Author Sylvia Townsend Warner — was a poet, short-story writer, and novelist, as well as an authority on early English music and a devoted member of the Communist Party.

When she had come to the top of the Ridge she stopped, with difficulty holding herself upright. This makes it great for travel.

She died in Her decision is made, she is moving — by herself — to the village of Great Mop, to the village where the beech woods grow. Has she perhaps jumped out of the frying pan into the fire? Ten days later Laura arrived at Great Mop.

Lolly Willowes

She made friends among the 'Bright Young Things' of the s one of whom, David Garrett, was instrumental in getting her first book published by Chatto and Windus, a poetry collection called The Espalier [].

In the s, the search for a life or room of one's own was a topical theme.Sep 30,  · ‎In Lolly Willowes, Sylvia Townsend Warner tells of an aging spinster's struggle to break way 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 indispe /5(9). Apr 08,  · But, also, it gets across its graceful point about the worth and inner life of British womanhood in the last century devastatingly well.

I would not trust someone who didn’t love this book. It’s a good test. Please, I beg you, if you haven’t read it, try Author: Linda Newbery.

The conclusions of Warner’s book are addressed most explicitly to women, and Lolly Willowes is thought of, I take it, as a feminist classic. This is a book intended to console and advocate for all those good wives and sisters and mothers and aunts and grandmothers, whose goodness has been used against them-- the ones whose kindness is Author: Joshua Leach.

Sep 30,  · "[The book] I'll be pressing into people's hands forever is "Lolly Willowes," the novel by Sylvia Townsend Warner.

It tells the story of a woman who rejects the life that society has fixed for her in favor of freedom and the most unexpected of alliances/5(K). About Lolly Willowes “[The book] I’ll be pressing into people’s hands forever is “Lolly Willowes,” the novel by Sylvia Townsend Warner.

It tells the story of a woman who rejects the life that society has fixed for her in favor of freedom and the most unexpected of alliances. Dec 02,  · Lolly Willowes is a character from the book Lolly Willowes or The Loving Huntsmen written in by Sylvia Townsend Warner, but the story takes place at the turn of the century and follows her discovering the witch life.

A little background is that Lolly's in her mid twenties, unmarried and living with her father.