Westwood or The Gentle Powers [kindle] ☆ Stella Gibbons – eBook and Kindle

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  • Westwood or The Gentle Powers
  • Stella Gibbons
  • English
  • 08 August 2019
  • 9780099528722

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Westwood or The Gentle Powers Free read à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB 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 Cold Comfort Farm is one of my most reread books but Westwood was Stella Gibbons own favourite among her novels It s darker and pointedly feminist set in wartime proper rather than a fictionalised near future 1940s and provides a fascinating minor key mirror to CCF Margaret is almost an anti Flora Poste the outsider drawn in not to sort everyone out but to be dazzled and tossed about and frankly exploited echoes of Flora in the magnificently impervious Hilda and fundamentally frivolous flapper Seraphina too And the insufferably pretentious misogynistic playwright Challis Mybug gets bumped to major character provides Gibbons opportunity for much delicious stabbinessHe knew that his plays were good each one better than its predecessor Mountain Air the one about six women botanists and a male guide isolated in a snowstorm in a hut on the Andes had been surer in its approach and handling than his first one The Hidden Well which concerned the seven men and one female nurse on the tsetse fly research station while Katt dealt with an Austrian woman who was bandied about by the officers of a crack regiment in Vienna and was he felt convinced his masterpieceHe had wrought for himself a strikingly distinguished style It was difficult to describe but he himself had not demurred when one admirer had coined for it the phrase a style of iron and shadows He always wrote obliuely of people s personal charms making a man say to a woman Your throat is a taut chord or Your ankle bone is softly moulded

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Westwood or The Gentle Powers Free read à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB 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 I am a little puzzled by this novel which is very different to Cold Comfort Farm and seuels the only other Stella Gibbons I ve read Westwood at times reads like an arch and witty satire but at others like a depressing family melodrama The Second World War during which it is set is entirely incidental My favourite example of the satirical bent The play was called In Autumn it was about a woman who was described by her friends as corrupt yet fiery a sort of compost heap and bonfire in one but not so useful as either The book was at its most powerful and acerbic when adopting the point of view of Gerald Challis playwright His portrayal was a believable albeit sometimes shocking portrait of a well bred well off utterly arrogant man I winced at the truth of this Like most seekers for an ideal woman he did not really like women believing that they disappointed and failed him on purpose The majority of characters are women however including our ostensible protagonist the unfortunately named Margaret Steggles I sympathised with her as she seemed to personify the plight of academically minded women at the time Throughout the novel she yearns for interesting conversation artistic experiences and kindred spirits By the end she has been repeatedly disappointed and told by various older characters that she can either expect to get married or become a religiously obsessed spinster Neither prospect attracts her I wanted her to know that the life she wishes for could be found in studying at university although that wouldn t become a likely prospect for a lower middle class girl until decades later Thus Gibbons seems to have drawn attention to the sad plight of a single woman but I couldn t determine whether she was trying to make that wider social point Maybe But all the usual 1940s sexism racism and ableism was present tooThis novel is fluidly written but not that much actually happens I felt that it neither went deep into the protagonist s soul as The Rector s Daughter does nor really pursued a wider family drama angle Thus it was ultimately rather unsatisfying despite contained elements that definitely merit recommendation

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Westwood or The Gentle Powers Free read à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB 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 really enjoyed this book it tells the story of two friends Margaret and Hilda and of their lives and those people who they meet during the Second World War However it is not a blow by blow account of life day to day about the interactions between people and how those relationships go on to either mean something or do notThis book was written after the war in the mid 1940 s and that is reflected in the style of writing Margaret is an interesting character who does tend to dissect her social interactions long after they have happened Hilda however is very easy going and light hearted During the story they both meet the same person but each have a very different relationship with him both wanting from him what the other has but never confiding in one another about thisI would recommend this book but would say that it is neither fast moving or an in depth story I think that it needs to be taken on face value as a study of the different types of character and how they deal with everyday relationships A uietly understated book Doctor y campeón it tells the story of two friends Margaret and Hilda and of their lives and those people who they meet during the Second World War However La corruptrice it Sweet for Her Sweet Curves #3 is not a blow by blow account of life day to day about the The Purpose Guided Universe interactions between people and how those relationships go on to either mean something or do notThis book was written after the war The Abel Cole Veg Box Companion in the mid 1940 s and that The Academy is reflected Full Dark No Stars in the style of writing Margaret If Only Once The Martelli Brothers #2 is an 1000 sitios ue ver en España al menos una vez en la vida interesting character who does tend to dissect her social La ética de la crueldad interactions long after they have happened Hilda however 3052 is very easy going and light hearted During the story they both meet the same person but each have a very different relationship with him both wanting from him what the other has but never confiding Intégrale Gunnm Last Order Other Stories in one another about thisI would recommend this book but would say that Mercator The Man Who Mapped the Planet it Pasos perdidos en Granada is neither fast moving or an Suffering and no suffering in depth story I think that Can We Live 150 Years? it needs to be taken on face value as a study of the different types of character and how they deal with everyday relationships A uietly understated book