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Bromfield takes a close look at the Pentlands- a fictional rich family in New England- exposing the hypocrisy and ignorance behind their luxurious facade.
A fascinating study on the struggle of one woman to escape the stifling influence of her husband and in-laws. What annoyed eearly the most about it was his tendency to use an ambiguous pronoun and follow with the proper name it referred to in parentheticals immediately after. He probably only did this three or four times, but it was incredibly irritating to me and stuck out every time it happened.
It felt lazy, aufumn he could have just as easily used the proper noun without ever dragging the pronoun in to muddy things up. The characters were what struck me first.
Olivia, who was a stranger to the Durham area when she married into the Pentland family years ago, now has a grown daughter, Sybil, and an ill and dying son, Jack. And thrown into the mix, the impetus for the conflict, is Sabine Callendar, the niece of John Pentland, who is divorced and the black sheep of the family, whose experiences growing up with the Pentland family have left her jaded and wanting to see the Pentland family get their comeuppance.
All the characters have their varied histories and they all want different things out of life.
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The conflict that occurs within the novel exists entirely when those motivations and desires disagree with each other. There is no bromfeild conflict apart from what the characters bring into their personal lives. Aunt Cassie comes out of her shell, and instead of playing the victim anymore, she begins to actively get her fingers into every piece of family business she can ferret out.
Olivia and Sabine both step up their plans to get what autuumn want out of life. And John Pentland, who has just seen the last of the Pentlands die, begins making his own plans for passing on the family when he is gone. It is at this point that the subtlety begins to go out the window. When Bromfield wants to make a point, he repeats whole sentences over and over again, not over atumn whole course of the book, but just a paragraph or two apart.
atumn He elucidates and spells out every thought, emotion, and action for each of the characters, leaving nothing between the lines for the reader to infer. And on the few occasions he does leave something unexplained, it only takes a few pages for him to come back and clarify to the point of frustration.
I found myself trying to invent things between the lines. I think all in all, Early Autumn was a bit of a wash for me.
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It seemed that life grew more and more tenuous and complicated, more blurred and indistinct, until at times it became simply a morass of minute problems in which she found herself mired and unable to act.
No one spoke directly anymore. It was like living in a world of shadows. And this old man, her father-in-law, was the greatest puzzle of all, because it was impossible ever to know how much he chose to ignore in the belief that by denying its existence it would cease to exist. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email.
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