Palladian (VMC)

When newly orphaned Cassandra Dashwood arrives as governess to little Sophy, the scene seems set for the archetypal romance between young girl and austere widowed employer Strange secrets abound in the ramshackle house But conventions are subverted in this atmospheric novel one of its worlds is suffused with classical scholarship and literary romance, but the other is cWhen newly orphaned Cassandra Dashwood arrives as governess to little Sophy, the scene seems set for the archetypal romance between young girl and austere widowed employer Strange secrets abound in the ramshackle house But conventions are subverted in this atmospheric novel one of its worlds is suffused with classical scholarship and literary romance, but the other is chaotic, quarrelsome and even farcical Cassandra is to discover that in real life, tragedy, comedy and acute embarrassment are never far apart.
Palladian VMC When newly orphaned Cassandra Dashwood arrives as governess to little Sophy the scene seems set for the archetypal romance between young girl and austere widowed employer Strange secrets abound in th

  • Title: Palladian (VMC)
  • Author: Elizabeth Taylor Neel Mukherjee
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    1. This is my first Elizabeth Taylor and quite an oddity it is. Written and set just after the Second World War; it references more classic novels than you can shake a stick at. These comparisons are not subtle and there is a gothic edge to it. The setting is a decaying mansion and like Brideshead Revisited there is an analysis of the decline of the English upper classes. But the main references are to Austen and the Brontes. The main character is a newly orphaned governess called Cassandra Dashwoo [...]

    2. "In books, death is just a sad chapter, and then you turn the page and go on with the next. But really it can’t be left behind quite like that. It goes on and on, a sort of nagging parenthesis, coming in brackets at the end of everything that happens"Taylor is one of my top favorite novelists. I thought it was funny how my first book was her penultimate novel, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, which I followed up immediately with her first novel, At Mrs Lippincote's, so I could get a feel for the [...]

    3. Aquí su videoreseña: youtube/watch?v=_WXPDEntiendo por qué se compara a este libro con "La abadía de Northanger" de Jane Austen, aunque la comparación puede dar a confusión. El libro de Jane Austen es una parodia del género de misterio gótico muy en boga en su época disfrazada de novela costumbrista y Austen perfila sus personajes buscando siempre aquellas excentricidades que los hagan graciosos u objetos de burla. Austen no suele ser benevolente con sus personajes.En cambio, Elizabeth [...]

    4. I seldom comment on other reviews of the books I read but I did want to say that I received Palladian much differently than some of the reviewers here. I do not find it to be satirical or derivative. I believe Taylor may have been interested in examining the circumstances of the young girl left with the choice of governess in a closed environment working for and experiencing unusual family members. Many significant women's writers were writing about what our options were in mid 20th century or e [...]

    5. Tiene más de las Brontë que de Austen, y es imposible no ver el homenaje a "Rebeca"Ha sido una lectura sorprendente y muy distinta a lo que me esperaba. :)

    6. What a weird little book. Partially a traditional English-governess-falls-for-the-head-of-the-house narrative, partially a commentary on class distinctions and cultural divisions as they fell apart and realigned in the 1940s, partially a series of thoughts on relationships and how people can work together even through and after a terrible history. The use of anachronism as a device is really interesting.

    7. I was thinking: "This is a very Jane Eyre situation!" and suddenly Cassandra says to herself: "Jane Eyre had answered up better than that to her Mr Rochester"

    8. Palladian, a copy of which I borrowed from the library, was my Elizabeth Taylor choice for our challenge. I am an admirer of her other novels, and rank some of them amongst my absolute favourite books. I was very excited to try out one of her novellas, as opposed to the longer works which I have encountered to date. Palladian is ‘on one level, her rewriting of Jane Eyre‘; one of my favourite novels.Originally published in 1946, Taylor’s second novel Palladian has found its way, along with [...]

    9. Cassandra Dashwood, at the age of eighteen is quiet, bookish and, dare I say, a little dull. And, after her father’s recent death, she is alone in the world.Fortunately Mrs. Turner, her former headmistress, takes an interest in Cassandra, and finds her a post: Marion Vanbrugh is a widower with a young daughter, Sophy, and he needs a governess.It was so, so easy for Cassandra to cast herself and Jane Eyre and Marion as Mr Rochester.But reality would prove to be a little different.Marion was as [...]

    10. Brilliant and subtle. Should be read alongside Waugh's Brideshead Revisited for any attempt to understand the postwar decline of the British upper class and the rifts in the middle and working classes. It's a Victorian novel that's been squeezed and distorted -- as England has been squeezed and distorted by the conflicts and changes of the 20th century.

    11. I've been trying to figure this book out. At the heart is Cassandra, the young woman heading to her first job as governess, who is determined to fall in love with her employer ("Cassandra, with all her novel-reading, could be sure of experiencing the proper emotions"). They do fall in love and live happily ever after. Except The whole "love story" is built on death--the death of Cassandra's parents (which leads to her taking the job), the death of her employer's wife and then, shockingly, the de [...]

    12. My favourite author, and even in this early work her wonderful insight, gentle with and pathos are all there. Cassandra, recently orphaned, goes to the mansion home of Marion Vanburgh to become governess to his daughter. It references, deliberately, Jane Eyre, Northanger Abbey and perhaps even a little of Rebecca but it is still entirely original and it offers surprises, shocks and sadnesses that make it a book that remains with you after the last page has turned.

    13. 1.5* Good writing, lackluster plot. Just not my kind of book, really. Any comparison to Jane Eyre verges on the ludicrous. I don't mean to be harsh - and I would try another of E.T.'s books - it's the subject matter rather than the writing, I think. Not for me.

    14. Este es de los pocos libros que he comprado por iniciativa sin haber escuchado alguna reseña. La verdad cuando vi la portada y leí de qué trataba supe que lo quería, sentía que iba a ser mi tipo de libro. Y es triste decir que no, no me gustó nada. Desde el momento en que la protagonista declara su amor eterno a su futuro jefe sin nunca haberlo visto, eso no me gusto. Sentía que ella quería ser como una Jane Eyre (Y la entiendo todas queremos ser Jane Eyre), pero no sé, había veces que [...]

    15. I was reminded of Jane Eyre while reading it. My last book read for the challenge this year but my first one of Elizabeth Taylor. This was first published in 1946, more than 1o years before I was born. Love the string of words, the poetic style they were written.

    16. Elizabeth Taylor (niente a che vedere con l'attrice, ovviamente) è una delle scrittrici più versatili che io conosca: ho letto tre dei suoi romanzi e devo ancora incontrare dei punti in comune.Sebbene il mio favorito ad oggi rimanga At Mrs Lippincote's (e quello che ho apprezzato meno, il più famoso, Angel) Palladian si è rivelata una lettura davvero entusiasmante. La trama è piuttosto banale: una giovane donna rimane orfana e accetta un posto come governante presso un vedovo che ha una bam [...]

    17. In this one, Cassandra becomes a governess to Sophy, who was the engaging character in the novel. Sophy is part of a rather dysfunctional family headed by vague and anxious Aunt Tinty. Sophy's father Marion shelters in the library as the home crumbles around him. I hated the climax and wanted to throw the book across the room. However, the novel was a worthwhile for beautiful writing, unusual characters and as a riff on Austen and Bronte's coming of age stories.

    18. When newly-orphaned Cassandra Dashwood arrives as governess to little Sophy, the scene seems set for the archetypal romance between young girl and austere widowed employer. But conventions are subverted. Cassandra is to discover that in real life, tragedy, comedy and acute embarrassment are never far apart.

    19. Un libro extraño pero con algunos pasajes muy bellos y evocadores. Aunque tiene un tono y ambientación en algunos momentos muy góticos y decadentes, muy ingleses por otro lado, creo que las referencias literarias que se citan en la portada no son acertadas. Seguramente repetiré con esta autora

    20. Una novela un tanto lóbrega, con protagonistas pasivos. No sé cómo explicarlo ambos siendo los actores principales del drama solo reaccionaban en cuanto a los hechos y dichos de los otros personajes y de una manera tan apática y aletargada, tan desapasionada que parecía que no estaban realmente vivos. La narración siempre corría a cargo de alguien más y conocíamos la interioridad de cada uno esos narradores y muy pocas veces –poquísimas, en realidad– la de nuestros protagonistas.En [...]

    21. I wish there were half stars because this would be 3.5. The story was good, the writing was beautiful. I liked all the characters. I felt it was too short though. The story could of been more detailed. In other words, I wanted more.

    22. This was Elizabeth Taylor’s second novel. Published in 1946, it is quite a strange little novel. The writing is – as I have to expect from Elizabeth Taylor – beautiful, spare, with everything minutely observed. There are moments, when I found some of the conversation between characters, particularly Marion Vanbrugh and Cassandra a little too intense – and less convincing than I usually find Elizabeth Taylor’s interactions between her characters. However generally the characterisation i [...]

    23. Palladian is essentially a hodge-podge of Jane Eyre, Rebecca and Jane Austen. While Austen is certainly acerbic and nettling in regards to her wit, Elizabeth Taylor is all the more abrasive in this novel. Palladian reads like a satire of good gothic fiction. In effect, Taylor morphs the hauntingly dark, brooding male lead and makes him almost effeminate in appearance, complete with long spindly hands. And while, there is a brooding male in this story, who draws macabre anatomical drawings that r [...]

    24. Una novela clásica al mejor estilo de Jane Austen«Incluso antes de verle o de hablar con él, Cassandra había decidido amarle, como una institutriz en una novela. Conocerle simplemente había confirmado su intención, había hecho posibles sus esperanzas».La joven Cassandra está sola en el mundo después de la muerte de su padre. Cuando llega a Cropthorne Manor como institutriz de la pequeña Sophy, la desgastada mansión y las decadentes estatuas de la propiedad son exactamente como espera [...]

    25. I thought this was quite a dark satire on the "governess" novel. There is not one character in this book that is likeable. All have their flaws and all make no attempt to address the faults they know they have. Marion is not Rochester or Heathcliffe and spends much of his time nursing a headache. Tom is irretrievably treacherous and Margaret reminds me of middle class women in the Britain of that era both superior and blunt (or rude, delete as appropriate). Nanny is just poisonous.It reminded me [...]

    26. I enjoyed this book but, like I'd been warned, it was highly derivative. And although that is clearly intentional on the part of the author, it irritated me. Perhaps partly because I love Jane Eyre (and various other works!) so much. I also found it quite hard to relate to the characters. They were quite interesting in an objective way, but I didn't feel particularly emotional about the various ups and downs of their lives.It was a well written book telling a relatively interesting story, but it [...]

    27. The writing is marvelous--beautiful prose with a sharp eye for the unexpectedly revealing detail-- but I was disappointed in Palladian overall. There is a strong element of pastiche--Jane Eyre set in Northgranger Abbey--and the unreality of the pastiche situation conflicted with the realistic descriptions and elements. The secondary characters and setting were clearly drawn, while the principals, Cassandra and Marion, were less realized, as though the background of the picture was sharp and the [...]

    28. Interesting little novel, tweaking gothic conventions and governess stories while invoking the spirit of Jane Austen. The depiction of peripheral characters was especially sharp and funny. Need to read more Elizabeth Taylor.

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