Daughters of the House

Daughters of the House By Michèle Roberts, Daughters of the House Man Booker Prize Nominee Booker Prize Finalist Daughters of the House is Mich le Roberts acclaimed novel of secrets and lies revealed in the aftermath of World War II Th r se and Leonie French
  • Title: Daughters of the House
  • Author: Michèle Roberts
  • ISBN: 9781853816000
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • Daughters of the House By Michèle Roberts, Man Booker Prize Nominee 1992 Booker Prize Finalist, Daughters of the House is Mich le Roberts acclaimed novel of secrets and lies revealed in the aftermath of World War II Th r se and Leonie, French and English cousins of the same age, grow up together in Normandy Intrigued by parents and servants guilty silences and the broken shrine they find in the woods, the girMan Booker Prize Nominee 1992 Booker Prize Finalist, Daughters of the House is Mich le Roberts acclaimed novel of secrets and lies revealed in the aftermath of World War II Th r se and Leonie, French and English cousins of the same age, grow up together in Normandy Intrigued by parents and servants guilty silences and the broken shrine they find in the woods, the girls weave their own elaborate fantasies, unwittingly revealing the village secret and a deep shame that will haunt them in their adult lives.
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    1. Michèle Roberts

      Mich le Brigitte Roberts is the author of fifteen novels, including Ignorance which was nominated for the Women s Prize for Fiction and Daughters of the House which won the W.H Smith Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize Her memoir Paper Houses was BBC Radio 4 s Book of the Week in June 2007 She has also published poetry and short stories, most recently collected in Mud Stories of Sex and Love Half English and half French, Roberts lives in London and in the Mayenne, France She is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

    823 thoughts on “Daughters of the House”

    1. Anglo French writer Mich le Roberts writes the story of cousins, one English, one French Every short chapter is triggered by some household object in the house where Th r se and L onie both live in their teenage years The book paints a vivid picture of French country house life in the post war years, and was a device I enjoyed, just as I enjoyed observing the girls somewhat love hate relationship develop, despite their closeness But I was uninvolved in the plot itself, which I found rather sligh [...]



    2. 2.5 stars I expected that I would love this book it has so many of my favorite plot elements Ancestral family home Check Long buried family secrets Check A slightly unreliable narrator Check And yet, put all together, all these checks ended up adding up to a mediocre read, at best, for me A large part of my problem was the writing style The chapters, each centered around an object in the Martin family home, were so short typically just a few pages long that I never really got into the story Ther [...]


    3. The English writer Mich le Roberts wrote Daughters of the House The novel is a narrative about provincial French Catholics in post WWII Normandy and thirty years later Cousins Th r se and L onie are the protagonists within the familial and village setting The reader enters the intimacy of the girls lives We poach mackerel in the kitchen, experience sexual awakening, and celebrate the Virgin Mother in a nocturnal forest Suspense is carried by random bits concerning a tragedy in the village s hist [...]


    4. It could have been an interesting read given the setting but there just was no story Plenty of bits of not so important information thrown in, chapters starting with no beginning with the so called secret turning out to but a non secret in my opinion Disappointed.


    5. I found this book to be very much a case of style over substance There are some wonderful descriptions of the French village setting and cuisine, but that isn t enough to hold the uncoherent plot together.


    6. After reading her latest, The Walworth Beauty , and enjoying it, I decided to give some of Ms Roberts s earlier books a go This was very disappointing A tale of two cousins who grow up in France after the war Disjointed and a bit confusing Not really her best.



    7. 2007 bookcrossing journal Having read this one I am curious to read by the same writer And for some reason this book reminded me a little of books such as Eve Green and The Seahouse.Set in France during different points in the lives of two cousins, Therese and Leonie, it follows them growing up, following different paths and also of learning of the dark secrets in the village left over from the war The house, the Martin family farmhouse, is the backdrop for the entire book and each chapter is n [...]


    8. I found the beginning of this book exceedingly confusing as I kept getting the central characters muddled up This is because it switches from past to present from chapter to chapter but there s nothing to use as a frame of reference except the content of the chapter to let the reader know this Result one very lost reader.The further into the book I got the less confused it became But nothing about the story made me want to shout about it I found myself not caring terribly much about the characte [...]


    9. I did enjoy this book, it was quite unusual but in a good way I liked reading about a story set in France and really enjoyed the way everything was described, it gave me a good impression of what it was really like to be there The book wasn t one of those can t put down books for me, it wasn t very fast paced, but I did want to find out what happened and work out what was going on, so I did read it fairly quickly although I was on a plane whilst reading it I quite liked the short chapters, simil [...]


    10. I picked this book because I ve always liked stories about intense female friendship probably because my own friendships have always been intense It wasn t what I was expecting at all for a start the main characters in the book were younger than I d thought I thought it was a really good, honest story with probably very true reactions There was a fantasy element to it that didn t go at all in the way I thought it would, and was never really resolved It was a good, sweet book about friendship how [...]


    11. Good book This is a book about two girl cousins who grew up together in Normandy France, went separate ways and then reunite after 20 years The chapters are each about an object in their childhood house and usually very short This style of writing made it very quick to read but made the narrative a little jumpy for me I liked the detailed descriptions, getting a glimpse of country life in France after World War II, and how we really get to know the relationship between the cousins I thought I wo [...]


    12. A sinopse atraiu me uma fam lia com um segredo, uma casa e um santu rio envoltos em mist rio e a promessa de uma revela o arrasadora N o foi isso que senti ao acabar este livro N o correspondeu de todo s minhas expectativas Desagradou me tamb m a forma da escrita e da divis o dos cap tulos N o senti entusiasmo no passar dos acontecimentos Por outras palavras, achei a maior parte da hist ria insonsa , com um ou outro apontamento mais relevante.


    13. 1.5 stars I live in France and this novel sounded promising in its premise but I found the writing unnecessarily and almost pretentiously vague The secret was an anticlimax but perhaps I lost the point amongst the haze the writing drew me into Unfortunately, this offering from Mich le Roberts finds itself at the bottom of my ratings for 2015.


    14. The unfolding relationship between Th r se and Leonie kept me hooked to this novel I loved the way that the history of their families became entwined in present day as the girls grew older and learned A fantastic read highly recommended.


    15. This books is so full of luscious detail that it is a privilege to read This book should have won the Booker Prize in 1992 rather than only being a finalist This is the best writing I have ever seen Michele Roberts now is my favourite author.


    16. I received this as part of a postal book groupI thought I would enjoy this book than I did The writing style annoyed me and the inference that the writer knew about what was going on than the reader I still didn t really know what had happened or who had done what at the end.


    17. My introduction to Michele Roberts It is a wonderful book and I do think it is a sort of autobiography, for Michele is part English and part French.Two cousins meet a share golden moments in a beautiful country house, and stumble upon a terrible secret which everyone has been hiding.


    18. This is the story of two girls and the uncanny family home they grow up in, a Normandy house with an unsettling history This is the kind of novel you get lost in every detail of the house is filled in, every meal and shift of light, every emotion the protagonists experience I loved this book.


    19. Ini buku yang bikin gw pengen belajar bahasa Prancis dulu.Gw suka banget background French Countryside yang jadi setting ceritanya.Terus ada sedikit glimpses tentang skandal masa PD 2 di Prancis.Gw dulu baca buku ini berkali kali.








    20. Fascinating story set in France with interesting spiritual dimension and rich, absorbing language throughout.


    21. Very interesting, beautifully descriptive, strange and compelling An unusual read for me I would recommend it



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