Lolly Willowes

Lolly Willowes In Lolly Willowes an ageing spinster rebels against her role as the universal aunt at everybody s beck and call How she escapes all that to have a life of one s own not an existence doled out to yo

  • Title: Lolly Willowes
  • Author: Sylvia Townsend Warner Alison Lurie
  • ISBN: 9780940322165
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Lolly Willowes, an ageing spinster rebels against her role as the universal aunt, at everybody s beck and call How she escapes all that to have a life of one s own, not an existence doled out to you by others , is the theme of this story.

    Lolly Willowes Lolly Willowes or The Loving Huntsman is a novel by Sylvia Townsend Warner, her first, published in .It has been described as an early feminist classic. Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner In Lolly Willowes, an ageing spinster rebels against her role as the universal aunt, at everybody s beck and call.How she escapes all that to have a life of one s own, not an existence doled out to you by others, is the theme of this story. Lolly Willowes New York Review Books In Lolly Willowes, her first novel, she moves with somber confidence into the realm of the supernatural, and her prose, in its simple, abrupt evocations, has something preternatural about it This is the witty, eerie, tender but firm life history of a middle class Englishwoman who politely declines to make the expected connection with the Lolly Willowes Or the Loving Huntsman New York Review In Lolly Willowes, her first novel, she moves with somber confidence into the realm of the supernatural, and her prose, in its simple, abrupt evocations, has something preternatural about it This is the witty, eerie, tender but firm life history of a middle class Englishwoman who politely declines to make the expected connection with the The best novels No Lolly Willowes by Sylvia A young woman escapes convention by becoming a witch in this original satire about England after the first world war, writes Robert McCrum Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner Hill of Content Lolly Willowes is a twenty eight year old spinster when her adored father dies, leaving her dependent upon her brothers and their wives After twenty years of self effacement as a maiden aunt, she decides to break free and moves to a small Bedfordshire village. Lolly Willowes Emily Books Sylvia Townsend Warner, Lolly Willowes About Us Emily Books is a project that publishes, publicizes, and celebrates the best work of transgressive writers of the past, present and future. Lolly Willowes East End Houston Lolly Willowes brings together elements of opera, musical theater, innovative chamber music, and contemporary ballet It s a show of mystery, mischief, spiritual puzzlement, and fun Lolly Willowes is published by Virago, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group Co. Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner 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. lolly willowes eBay Lolly Willowes or the Loving Huntsman by Warner, Sylvia Townsend The See like this Lolly Willowes or the Loving Huntsman ExLibrary Pre Owned . % off Buy It Now Free Shipping new refurbished from . Lolly Willowes Or, the Loving Huntsman by Sylvia Townsend Warner English Pape Brand New.

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    1. Sylvia Townsend Warner Alison Lurie

      Sylvia Townsend Warner was born at Harrow on the Hill, the only child of George Townsend Warner and his wife Eleanora Nora Hudleston Her father was a house master at Harrow School and was, for many years, associated with the prestigious Harrow History Prize which was renamed the Townsend Warner History Prize in his honor, after his death in 1916 As a child, Sylvia seemingly enjoyed an idyllic childhood in rural Devonshire, but was strongly affected by her father s death.She moved to London and worked in a munitions factory at the outbreak of World War I She was friendly with a number of the Bright Young Things of the 1920s Her first major success was the novel Lolly Willowes In 1923 Warner met T F Powys whose writing influenced her own and whose work she in turn encouraged It was at T.F Powys house in 1930 that Warner first met Valentine Ackland, a young poet The two women fell in love and settled at Frome Vauchurch in Dorset Alarmed by the growing threat of fascism, they were active in the Communist Party of Great Britain, and visited Spain on behalf of the Red Cross during the Civil War They lived together from 1930 until Ackland s death in 1969 Warner s political engagement continued for the rest of her life, even after her disillusionment with communism She died on 1 May 1978.

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    1. Sylvia Townsend Warner, London, 1920sWhen we meet Laura Willowes in the opening pages of Sylvia Townsend Warner’s first novel, Lolly Willowes (pub. 1926), her sister-in-law Caroline is distractedly offering for Laura to live in London with herself and Laura’s brother Henry, following the death of Laura’s father:“Caroline spoke affectionately, but her thoughts were elsewhere. They had already journeyed back to London to buy an eiderdown for the bed in the small spare-room. If the washstan [...]


    2. This is a book about witches. But when I finally put this book down last night, I mostly just thought about my father.I don’t think it is controversial to say that duty is a bit of an old fashioned word these days. Like honor. It’s one of those words you hear someone say and squirm uncomfortably, like you would if they said, “I’m hip to that,” without irony or asked where all the “hep cats” are partying while wearing a fedora. It’s not a word that works with a land of ironic t-sh [...]


    3. Warner’s prose sparkles and snaps like a gin and tonic in an elegant cut glass tumbler, her humor the slice of lime contributing the essential dash of sharp acidity. Warner proves to be a most devious hostess, however: seemingly invited to a pleasantly amusing afternoon garden party, it is only as the sun begins to set that it slowly begins to dawn—this is actually a Witch’s Sabbath! What a marvelously devious sleight of hand.And perhaps more than ever 2017 is the time for stories about [...]


    4. I am deathly allergic to witty foreplay of the never ending sort. In more detailed terms, this is a category comprised of works written in the very worst vein of Austen, all fluffy gilt and jocular surface with none of said author's craft or deep meditation on human pathos. Now, Lolly Willowes did have some variation to its name, but when one begins with family lineage and ends with bantering dialogue and leaves little to gnaw upon between the two, it all comes off as very English. Much like wor [...]


    5. This made David Mitchell's All-Time Top-Ten List, sorta: toptenbooks/authors/daThat maybe explainsThe Bone Clocks.I'm of two minds about this, though. I loved the imagery, and whole passages that made me want to applaud. Lolly goes to nurse, late in the First World War. The recruiting posters have bleached.The ruddy young man and his Spartan mother grew pale, as if with fear, and Britannia's scarlet cloak trailing on the waters bleached to a cocoa-ish pink. Laura watched them discolor with a muf [...]


    6. “Her disquiet had no relevance to her life. It arose out of the ground with the smell of the dead leaves: it followed her through the darkening streets; it confronted her in the look of the risen moon. ‘Now! Now!’ it said to her: and no more. The moon seemed to have torn the leaves from the trees that it might stare at her more imperiously.”The book started off well-enough. It tells the story of Laura Willowes (“Lolly”), a very independent aging spinster (I dislike that word but that [...]


    7. I wish I could write in such a way as to convey the rhythms and flavor of Lolly Willowes, which is only one of the things I fell in love with while reading this book. There was always a tendency to get so caught up in the prose that I forgot to follow along in the action and had to go back and reread passages (a “good” thing in this case).I’ve tried to find a representative passage short enough to reproduce here so readers don’t imagine that I’m making things up but I can’t so I’ll [...]


    8. Wow! A great book. Impossible to say much without giving away the treasures to be discovered in these pages. As the jacket says, "an upper-class spinster rebels against her role as the universal aunt" and how does she do this? With the help of the Devil. But not the devil we are often told of--this is a loving huntsman, who catches women's souls to save them from dying by the confines of society. This is not a sort of compelling, page-turner read but every time I decided to sit down with it, I w [...]


    9. It's like Barbara Pym started this story, left it unfinished, and then it was discovered by a manic Satanist who scribbled the rest of it all in one night. I totally enjoyed it, but what a hot mess.


    10. The story itself is tender and a little magical, and I simply adored the character of Lolly Willowes herself. Laura Willowes (to allow her, her given name) is a dutiful unmarried daughter of twenty eight when her beloved father dies. Laura had always enjoyed her quiet life in the country, sometimes gathering herbs and making distillations with them. Laura is at one with the countryside, and its yearly round of traditions. Born some years after her two elder brothers; Henry and James, Laura grew [...]


    11. Laura finds her life suffocated by controlling and overbearing relatives. She takes drastic measures to gain independence. I found the ending strange, this book must have been quite shocking at the time it was published !


    12. By the time the Great War had ended, the world was a bit tipsy. Perhaps the strongest survivors were the women who had worked in the factories and found themselves with extra money, more freedom, and a yearning for more rights. The 1920s brought somewhat liberated young women to the forefront, as they were the remaining half of the wiped-out generation. This book is really a reflection of that new fast-moving world, as young Lolly Willowes decides to start doing her life the way she wants it don [...]


    13. British writer Sylvia Townsend Warner is best known for the short stories that appeared over decades in The New Yorker. Even brief biographical blurbs usually reference her leftist political affiliations and sometimes her 40-year relationship with Valentine Ackland, a poet. “Lolly Willowes,” the first of her seven novels, was published in 1926 and was a bestseller both in the U.K. and in the U.S where it was the first selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club.“Even in 1902, there were some f [...]


    14. Originally read in Nov. 2000; rereading Sept. 2017. Original review below.When I read Lolly Willowes, I was enchanted by the delicacy and humor of Sylvia Townsend Warner's prose, and I felt a kinship with the Lolly, a woman who refuses to recede into the background and lead a conventional life. To cut to the chase - she becomes a witch - that is, she gives herself over to the spirit of adventure. The pact she makes with the devil (who appears in the guise of a middle aged man) is of the sort tha [...]


    15. In April of 1926, a fledgling Book of the Month Club announced its first ever selection, Lolly Willowes. Written by debut author Sylvia Townsend Warner, the novel tells the story of an unmarried woman who refuses to live the life that her family and society expects her to live. A bold and beguiling story about personal freedom, uneasy friendships, and witchcraft, Lolly Willowes was selected despite the fact that its author was completely unknown at the time.Warner went on to have a long and resp [...]


    16. My paternal grand-mother went back to school in her sixties. She had always wanted to be a lawyer, but a girl born in 1917 in a traditional family in Brazil was not to fulfill such ideas. She married at age 20 and had 4 children. Her youngest child died at age 2, and my grandfather died soon after. She was 47 when she became a widow – a year younger than I am now -and she came undone! Widowhood suited her better than married life. Her older children were married or already gone. She found a jo [...]


    17. The title was playful, but I didn't understand the purpose of the book. Nothing interesting happened. Rather, nothing happened. A spinster moves to a place because she liked a flower that was grown there, her nephew moves there and she all of a sudden hates him for no reason, she sees a man who is the devil, she wakes up a witch and nothing happens because of it. What? On a positive note, it was short.


    18. הספר הזה החל בעיניי טוב והסתיים בקול ענות חלושה. לולי ווילוז היא לורה, שהוריה נפטרו ולכן היא עברה לגור עם אחיה ואישתו. היא מתחמקת מנישואים ועוזרת לגדל את הילדים וכך לאחר מלחמת העולם ה 1, בגיל 47 היא מוצאת את עצמה רווקה מזדקנת ונשלטת ע"י נורמות חברתיות שרואות באישה כלי שרת לגבר.לא [...]


    19. A brittle, earthy and magical tale about a woman who, as a spinster, is passed as a dependent from family member to family member. She, as the maiden aunt, is endlessly useful. Finally, Laura (or Lolly Willowes), being increasingly drawn to solitude, her talent for herbs, and the rhythms of nature, leaves her family for a small village. It is there that she sells her soul to Satan, the charming, mischievous shepherd of damned souls. The premise sounds dark, but the language is limber and careful [...]



    20. Laura Willowes was a much loved daughter, she grew up happily in the country, and she became the kind of countrywoman whose life moved with the rhythms of nature in the way that lives had for generations. But when her beloved father died she became a ‘spare woman’ and her life was taken over by her brothers and their wives.Such was the way of the world in the 1920s, when Sylvia Townsend Warner told her story.“Caroline spoke affectionately, but her thoughts were elsewhere. They had already [...]


    21. Laura (Lolly) Willowes rejects men and societal conventions in order to move to the country and become a witch. This narrative feels central to my understanding of myself, and Townsend Warner writes it in vivid, frank prose. Laura is an irrepressible character, who gives herself to Satan and happily tells him off when his actions displease her. Though she's an inspiration to me, she's also completely believable: she's shy, moody, and afraid of small talk. I think of her as my guardian witch, wit [...]


    22. This fascinating novel is a good example of magical realism even though it was published in 1926 in England decades before Latin American writers like Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende made the genre so popular. Magical realism makes the world of fantasy – in this case the occult –a perfectly natural and believable part of the real world. It’s what Townsend Warner has done with this novel about a single woman, who like many English women in the 20’s is doomed to live under the pr [...]


    23. Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Summer Will Show was one of my favourite books of 2015, so I searched the library catalogue for her other work and found ‘Lolly Willowes’. Although it didn’t grab me quite as powerfully as Summer Will Show, I found it a beautifully written, charming, and subversive tale. The titular Lolly is a spinster, living with her pleasant but frustrating family. At the age of 47, she tires of this limited life and decides to move to the countryside and become a witch. Towns [...]


    24. That’s why we become witches: to show our scorn of pretending life’s a safe business, to satisfy our passion for adventure. It’s not malice, or wickedness - well, perhaps it is wickedness, for most women love that - but certainly not malice, not wanting to plague cattle and make horrid children spout up pins and - what is it? - “blight the genial bed.”[…]One doesn’t become a witch to run around being harmful, or to run around being helpful either, a district visitor on a broomstick [...]


    25. I'd call this one - "The Story That Got Away". I liked it a lot, liked the character, the premise, the writing - everything, and then it just faded away. I loved the whole older-woman-takes-control-of-her-life-and-defies-all-conventions theme, and Warner had just placed Aunt Lolly in a sweet spot where she could've gotten into all kinds of trouble, when she backed off and let it slip away. It's too bad, the writing was very good, and Laura was an intriguing character.


    26. "ey do not mind if you are a little odd in your ways, frown if you are late for meals, fret if you are out all night, pry and commiserate when at length you return. Lovely to be with people who prefer their thoughts to yours, lovely to live at your own sweet will, lovely to sleep out at night!"I found it hard to believe that this book had been written in 1926, it seemed so modern. Hurrah for women's rights! Oh, and I also want to move to a tiny cottage in the woods in England.


    27. I wanted to like this. I should have liked it? I think this is my first STW and I hope they all aren't like this because I am pretty sure I have a few more on my shelves.I really didn't like the whole witchcraft angle which turned out to be much more of the book than I expected. My dislike is largely from the fact that witchcraft is one of those subjects that bores/annoys me like magic and circuses.


    28. I've been wishing for a fairy tale with a middle-aged woman as the central character for years now. I'm sick of teenagers and random dudes hogging all the fantastical hero journeys of modern literature. So many books about women over 35 seem to revolve around divorces and/or the recovery therefrom, and as someone who will be a woman over 35 someday, that's demoralizing as hell.Finally: Lolly is rad, and on a quest that starts out prosaic and elevates by the end into giddily awesome surrealism (a [...]


    29. This was not what I expected at all. I thought it would a bit of a twee Barbara Pym type book about spinsterhood with a bit of whimsy thrown in with some witchcraft. I should have known really when I noticed on the book's blurb it says Woolf's 'A Room of One's Own' carries on this book's subject matter. I probably wouldn't go that far, but it does detail how maiden Aunts can slowly be made into slaves by their families under the guise of being 'useful' to society. This is the story of Aunt Lolly [...]


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