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Family History ❮PDF❯ ⚣ Family History ✈ Author Vita Sackville-West – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Evelyn, aged thirty nine, is an attractive widow living an irreproachable life Then she meets Miles, fifteen years her junior, and falls passionately in love But both lovers have strong personalities Evelyn, aged thirty nine, is an attractive widow living an irreproachable life Then she meets Miles, fifteen years her junior, and falls passionately in love But both lovers have strong personalities and passion does not equal happiness Evelyn, deeply jealous and conventional is shocked at her lover s casual ways and his insistence on working all day Miles s love for Evelyn is real but he cannot devote himself wholly to her whims Vita Sackville West collides attitudes to work, sex and society in the changing world of the early s.

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Family History
  • Vita Sackville-West
  • English
  • 15 November 2019
  • 0860685977

About the Author: Vita Sackville-West

Vita Sackville West was a prolific British author, poet and memoirist in the early th Century who is known not only for her writing, but for her not so private, private life While married to the diplomat Harold Nicolson, she conducted a series of scandalous amorous liaisons with many women, including the brilliant Virginia Woolf They had an open marriage Both Sackville West and her husband had same sex relationships Her exuberant aristocratic life was one of inordinate privilege and way ahead of her time She frequently traveled to Europe in the company of one or the other of her lovers and often dressed as a man to be able to gain access to places where only the couples could go Gardening, like writing, was a passion Vita cherished with the certainty of a vocation she wrote books on the topic and constructed the gardens of the castle of Sissinghurst, one of England s most beautiful gardens at her homeShe published her first book Poems of East and West in She followed this with a novel, Heritage, in A second novel, The Heir , dealt with her feelings about her family Her next book, Knole and the Sackvilles , covered her family history The Edwardians and All Passion Spent are perhaps her best known novels today In the latter, the elderly Lady Slane courageously embraces a long suppressed sense of freedom and whimsy after a lifetime of convention In she was appointed a Companion of Honour for her services to literature She continued to develop her garden at Sissinghurst Castle and for many years wrote a weekly gardening column for The Observer In she was awarded the gold Veitch medal of the Royal Horticultural Society In her last decade she published a further biography, Daughter of France and a final novel, No Signposts in the Sea She died of cancer on June , .



10 thoughts on “Family History

  1. Ali Ali says:

    It seems that at one time this novel by Vita Sackville West was fairly neglected, and apparently even Vita herself wrote of it quite disparagingly However as well as being a really good story it a wonderful 1930 s exploration of the complexities of family life, relationships and society in an England on the brink of great change West also seems to have quite a bit to say about love in this novel, romantic love, obsessional love of people and places and the difficulties when the lovers are mi It seems that at one time this novel by Vita Sackville West was fairly neglected, and apparently even Vita herself wrote of it quite disparagingly However as well as being a really good story it a wonderful 1930 s exploration of the complexities of family life, relationships and society in an England on the brink of great change West also seems to have quite a bit to say about love in this novel, romantic love, obsessional love of people and places and the difficulties when the lovers are mismatched in the eyes of society, alongside the perils of staking too much on one person.Evelyn Jarrold is a beautiful, elegant woman, nearing forty a widow with a seventeen year old son at Eton Her father in law is a self made man, wealthy with a large country estate, he is proud of the coal industry which made his fortune Living in a London flat Evelyn has kept close to this large family of sons, daughters and grandchildren since her husband died in the First World War Evelyn is trusted and respected by her in laws her conduct has never been in question The Jarrolds are a traditional family, hunting, shooting conservatives that Evelyn s son Dan, his Grandfather s heir, finds himself to be rather at odds with Evelyn s niece Ruth adores her glamorous aunt, visiting her and chatting to her at length although Evelyn finds her adoration rather wearisome.Miles Vane Merrick is a twenty five year old rising Labour politician He too is from a privileged background a younger son he has no money, although he has a picturesque ruined castle and surrounding lands buried deep in the Kent countryside, where he lives much of the time with a couple of faithful old retainers Miles s home is an almost exact representation of Sissinghurst the Nicolson family home that Vita herself loved so dearly and where in the 1930 s she created some spectacular gardens The lane widened, and the fan of light showed up a group of oast houses beside a great tiled barn then it swung round on a long, low range of buildings with a pointed arch between two gables Miles drove under the arch and pulled up It was very dark and cold The hard winter starlight revealed an untidy courtyard, enclosed by ruined walls, and, opposite, an arrowy tower springing up to a lovely height with glinting windows When Evelyn and Miles begin a passionate relationship they are flouting several social conventions and inequalities Evelyn is a fashionably and expensively dressed woman right off the cover of a fashion magazine, used to a life of comfort, ease and idleness Miles is an idealistic socialist working on an economics book he loves the countryside and his castle almost obsessively Evelyn and Miles strive to keep their relationship a secret spending time together at Miles s castle or at Evelyn s flat while Dan finishes his year at Eton Evelyn s love for Miles is of the all consuming variety, he becomes her reason for living, and yet she is concerned about how her son and family would re act to her relationship Evelyn is jealous of Mile s work, of his bohemian friends who she dislikes Dan meanwhile is delighted by Miles, hangs upon his every word, impressed by his ideologies he see in Miles all the things he aspires to things the Jarrolds will never understand or approve Love as Evelyn understood it was an entire absorption of one lover into the other He wanted to retain his individuality, his activity, his time table He wanted to lead his own life, parallel with the life of love, separate, independent There is a story referred to in the introduction to my VMC edition that Harold Nicolson read Family History during a train journey and wept the entire way Throughout the story of Evelyn and Miles, the reader has the distinct impression that this love affair cannot survive the difficulties which each of these mismatched lovers place upon the other Evelyn cares deeply about her beloved son, but outside of her relationship with Dan she is quite able to be spoilt, selfish, vain and dreadfully jealous yet she is not unlikeable, there is a sympathetic vulnerability to Evelyn she is conventional with few if any interests Yet in idealist Miles a man who likes his women idle and decorative and hates clever women I found muchto dislike The ending is perhaps inevitable in one sense yet Vita Sackville West gives her readers an ending that is really very sad, but beautifully written

  2. Beth Bonini Beth Bonini says:

    Evelyn struggled up Park Lane against the wind Life was easy and pleasant for her, too easy, too pleasant, and she welcomed the wind as something that would buffet her from without People were inclined as a rule to consider her wishes to make much of her, to spoil her the Jarrolds adored her, and her many friends were a great deal fonder of her than she of them It was all soft and comfortable This description of Evelyn Jarrold, the novel s protagonist, comes very near the beginning an Evelyn struggled up Park Lane against the wind Life was easy and pleasant for her, too easy, too pleasant, and she welcomed the wind as something that would buffet her from without People were inclined as a rule to consider her wishes to make much of her, to spoil her the Jarrolds adored her, and her many friends were a great deal fonder of her than she of them It was all soft and comfortable This description of Evelyn Jarrold, the novel s protagonist, comes very near the beginning and I remember reading it and thinking this was a bit of foreshadowing at work Anyone whose life is described,than once, as too easy and comfortable is bound to be headed for difficulties And as the passage suggests, spoiled Evelyn is so bored with having everything so smoothly her own way that the reader might indeed guess that she will be the instrument in her own downfall On the verge of 40, but still in full possession of her figure and charming looks, Evelyn is a rich widow with one son Dan, age 17, a student at Eton She is the pet of her wealthy father in law, who made the family s fortune from coal mines, but she has little to do with her time other than shop, play bridge and pay visits to friends and family Having lived serenely untouched by passions for many years, she is like a sleeping beauty just waking up When her much younger niece Ruth introduces Evelyn to Miles Vane Merrick, she is fascinated by his intelligence and charismatic personality Although he, too, is a product of Eton and the land owning gentry, he has rebelled against his conservative upbringing and is instead drawn to the economic and political theories of socialism certainly fashionable at the time, although not in his social circles Miles is only 25, but he is already running his own estate and writing a book and generally being active in a way which makes Evelyn s life seem all theempty and dull Not surprisingly, Miles and Evelyn start having an affair This novel is predictable in many ways and the writing although adequate has nothing particularly striking to recommend it I wasn t exactly bored whilst reading it, but it did feel dated to me and not particularly substantive Evelyn knows, and the reader knows, that the affair between her and the much younger Miles is going to end in tears but what did surprise me is how affecting the ending is, and how the author manages to pinpoint an essential difference between her male and female lovers which perhaps still holds true Although there are probably few modern women with the unoccupied mind of Evelyn, her desire to be the most important thing to Miles for him to be aware of her all the time is at painful odds with Miles divided mind and energies He want to time table Evelyn and love romance into convenient blocks in his diary she wants to be pre eminent in his life It s not that he doesn t have feelings for her, but they are just one element of his life, while he is everything to her Therein lies the real tragedybecause even their happiest times together are spoiled by Evelyn s inability to accept that his love will never be of the same quality as hers Interesting note Vita Sackville West was certainly no Evelyn If anything, I would say she is muchlike Miles

  3. Annette Boehm Annette Boehm says:

    Sackville West s book works as a sort of time machine that takes us into the life of upper class socialite Evelyn Jarrold in 1930s England Forin depth information and observations, check out my blog post about the book right here Sackville West s book works as a sort of time machine that takes us into the life of upper class socialite Evelyn Jarrold in 1930s England Forin depth information and observations, check out my blog post about the book right here

  4. Andrew Andrew says:

    Not a whole lot of interest in this book very much a psychological romance plot with some commentary on pre WWII English class structures First part of the book employs a rather interesting episodic narrative technique which is abandoned later on Not sure about the wisdom of spoiling your ending in the table of contents

  5. Ellen Ellen says:

    Didn t like the central female character, Evelyn my boyfriend would have told her to man up

  6. Catherine Jeffrey Catherine Jeffrey says:

    A beautifully drawn portrait of a doomed love affair, that cleverly demonstrates all the upper class pretensions of the age.

  7. Rita Rita says:

    1932 by Hogarth Press I m glad Rosemary lent me this to read The author wrotenovels than I realized she had I have not read others , and this is not her most popular one, I believe All Passion Spent, and perhaps The Edwardians The writing is fluent, reads easily The characters are drawn in such a cerebral way that it s a little like reading a polemical text rather than fiction Not necessarily a bad thing, but I m not sure I would want to read other of her novels with any urgency Mi 1932 by Hogarth Press I m glad Rosemary lent me this to read The author wrotenovels than I realized she had I have not read others , and this is not her most popular one, I believe All Passion Spent, and perhaps The Edwardians The writing is fluent, reads easily The characters are drawn in such a cerebral way that it s a little like reading a polemical text rather than fiction Not necessarily a bad thing, but I m not sure I would want to read other of her novels with any urgency Miles 25 yrs old very quickly saw that Evelyn 39 yrs old would regard his work as her enemy, and would quite unscrupulously divert his attention to herself whenever she got the chance She would do it subtly at first, but as time went on she would encroachandThe undeclared battle between them amused him and he was determined to win p 116But in the previous paragraph It amused him to go away from her, to give his attention to other things, and then to come back to her, doubly ardent and refreshed He was quite unaware how much she resented this system p 116Evelyn s inner thinking is set out at great length as well, and we are to believe that she was quite aware of all she did and felt, but that she simply couldn t put a brake on her extreme love for Miles, could not hold back her jealousy and possessiveness, all the while seeing its bad consequences.I suppose Vita is telling us that upper class women of that time, in being kept away from higher education and careers, could hardly be otherwise, having nothing to do with their time than have new clothes made, attend social events, take European holidays Anyway, it s a good book to read, but I wonder whether people really have so much insight into themselves as she suggests

  8. Alena Alena says:

    I didn t really expect to like this.I bought it on a whim because the German title a woman of fourty made me laugh as I turn 40 this year I also thought it would get a chuckle from my mom.I d never read a novel by Sackville West, so I wasn t sure what to expect It flowed nicely, and I got used to the multitude of POV s in this.I don t think I further want to ponder the moral of the ending of the novel and I do have to keep reminding myself of when it was written.But yeah, not a chore at all.

  9. Aurélie Aurélie says:

    Bien mais pas au niveau des autres livres d elle que j ai d j lu.

  10. MaryannC. Book Freak MaryannC. Book Freak says:

    Lovely read by one of my favorite authors.

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