Commonplace (Hesperus Classics)

Commonplace (Hesperus Classics)❤ Commonplace (Hesperus Classics) pdf ⚣ Author Christina Rossetti – This is a delightful novella of love matrimony and sisterhood firmly in the tradition of Jane Austen and displaying all the imaginative flair and linguistic prowess that distinguish Christina Rossett This is a delightful novella of love matrimony and sisterhood firmly in the tradition of Jane Austen and displaying all the imaginative flair and linguistic prowess that distinguish Christina Rossetti's best loved verse When William Charlmont is lost at sea his devoted wife lies dying in childbirth and charges Catherine their eldest daughter to await his return Years later and now in her thirties Catherine remains faithful to her promise resigning herself to a life of spinsterhood Her two sisters however are under no such obligation and while Lucy loves and loses from afar the carefree Jane resolves to make a prosperous marriage and become a lady of fortune Commonplace is a charmingly witty tale of the tortuous path a girl must take to secure a suitable match One of the most important of the Victorian women poets and a member of the Pre Raphaelite movement Christina Rossetti is best known as the author of Goblin Market and Other Poems. I came upon this volume in the library with some mild excitement firstly it was very slim secondly although I recognised Rossetti by name and and knew she was a poet I did not know that she had ever written prose so I succumbed to curiosity since I was not killed this establishes that I am not a cat Well how can I put this these stories are no lost or unjustly neglected treasures rather mid Victorian pieces or less religious with the odd splash of something else like a dash of Worcestershire Sauce The stories in this collection are Commonplacea tale of money and marriage or sex and shillings a story of three sisters the ending the best point I don't mean that in the sense of good riddance but the atmosphere around the eldest sister defines and concentrates resignation in an impressive way Inescapable conclusion is that the author knew that feelingI notedthe geography the sisters live out in a remote place London as exchange point where one can meet people particularly potential husbandspretensions and pretenceeating mutton is good for the complexion of women of about the age of thirty view spoilerdare I guess it was a favourite of Rossetti's? hide spoiler Three stars is perhaps a little over generous but 2 looked a bit mean This book is one novella plus four short stories something which I didn't realise when I chose it in the library I thought it was one novella So that was a little disappointment I think it's disingenuous marketing on the coverblurb etcThere's nothing hugely wrong with the very short novella or the short stories but none of them made me go 'wow' They're mainly what I would call 'vignettes' of life little snap shots but often with little depth of character or some sort of twistdenouement at the end ENGLISH Simple short story by Dante Gabriel Rosetti's sister best known for her poems of which I like especially Song A birthday and RememberThis novel has been compared with those of Jane Austen especially Pride and Prejudice because it deals with three sisters and the marriages of the two youngest They even have similar names Catherine Kitty Lucy Lizzy and Jane and the younger sister is the first one to get married But in my opinion the resemblance does not go much further Mr Darcy for instance isn't there at allESPAÑOL Sencilla novela corta de la hermana de Dante Gabriel Rosetti más conocida por sus poemas de los ue algunos me gustan mucho especialmente Song A birthday y RememberSe ha comparado esta novela con las de Jane Austen especialmente Orgullo y Prejuicio porue trata sobre tres hermanas y los matrimonios de las dos más jóvenes Incluso tienen nombres parecidos Catherine Kitty Lucy Lizzy y Jane y la hermana menor es la primera ue se casa Pero en mi opinión el parecido no va mucho más allá El señor Darcy por ejemplo brilla por su ausencia I'm on page 44 of the volume Commonplace and Other Stories I like the texture of the story Commonplace It reminds me of Jane Austen but this narrator's relation to the reader feels casual less formal As a long time enthusiast for Goblin Market I am hoping to learn about Christina Rossetti's view of her own world and its inhabitants Commonplace seems to have just a hint of Goblin Market's magical environment with its two mysterious sisters who live in a special world all their own So far I am enjoying it very much Mixed bag I enjoyed Commonplace even though it doesn't have much tension you could see a lot of Austen's influence and the prose was really biting and clever The Lost Titian was a big departure and reminded me oddly of The Cask of Amontillado but I kind of enjoyed it The last three stories though got progressively cloying and sanctimonious and overall I think the book as a whole is a letdown after the first story Still interesting to read Rossetti as I had only read Goblin Market before this What are going to stay with me from this collection of short pieces are a few astute observations some nice turns of phrase and the emotional impact of Vanna's Twins Otherwise the construction of the stories themselves felt uite weak and it was too overtly religious for my taste It turns out I am a much bigger fan of Christina Rossetti's poetry than her prose I really enjoyed this novelette and collection of short stories I've only ever read her poem Goblin Market so far so this work was uite different focusing on themes on religiosity and love but I really enjoyed it A very nice collection Here my impressions Not really my sort of thing The first novella is uite enjoyable but I wasn't keen on the very religious tone of some of the short storieshttpspiningforthewestcouk20180 I do love Rossetti's poetry but I found the novella and short stories haven't travelled well through the centuries The novella in particular is tell don't show but a couple of the stories were very poignant

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  • Paperback
  • 112 pages
  • Commonplace (Hesperus Classics)
  • Christina Rossetti
  • English
  • 03 May 2016
  • 9781843911197