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Book Title: Gad's Hall|
The author of the book: Norah Lofts
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780385129886
The size of the: 570 KB
Edition: Doubleday Books
Date of issue: January 1st 1978
Read full description of the books Gad's Hall:Oh my, is this a cross-over genre that combines deep description of core personality for 5 or 6 main characters, but also at the same time hums a hypnotic mood. The platform of the place being one of concrete strong structural base for contentment and "good intent" belief countered with a dichotomy of constant singular antithesis to all that is "normal" and of "natural" wholeness.
This is Norah Lofts near the end of her career. She is experimenting in somewhat a reversal of her normal chronological order of seating a house at its beginning and then proceeding through the centuries for its events and occupants. In this one we start in post war modern England with a family of now handicapped abilities and wholeness. And then after just a few chapters, we revert to the beginnings for their house which they have bought near Baildon (Bury St. Edmunds actually- England Suffolk)to start a new life in the countryside.
That house is Gad's Hall. It's the 1840's for the entire remaining sections of the book and this is only the first in a series.
How she completes this 5 women and 1 boy 1840's family (plus Jenny and Will which are the help)is so masterful, that I can only give it 5 stars. It's not perfect in the light of action level comparison for moderns but much deeper at core.
Poe has gotten literary acclaim for his moods. This one is just as good. Plus it combines immense minutia of trade, husbandry, cow auctions, corn markets, and dozens of patterns of manners and occupations of time for that period. All within economic class constraints and the processes of courting and marriage eventualities for 4 female offspring. How that is worked and more highly patterned by the females as much as the males, is pivotal.
But what gives it that extra star is the voids. Lofts doesn't need to be gross, pornographic, vile in chewy blood-letting scenes, or highly descriptive of the menace in play. Not at all. But IS IT THERE. Unsaid and known at the same time. Among them in their midst.
And in fact, the onus of what really has occurred is far more deeply scored upon the understanding of the reader for those peculiarities of the voids of admittance for the process.
Modern readers of horror, or romance, or sci-fi. or grit. madness/insanity might think this book is mild and slow. Some, I read in reviews, think that this pace of "eyes" can be tedious. Not I.
Can't wait for the next one in this series which is waiting for me to pick up today. The Haunting of Gad's Hall is HIGHLY anticipated.
Read information about the authorAlso published using the pseudonyms Juliet Astley and Peter Curtis
Norah Lofts, née Norah Robinson, (27 August 1904–10 September 1983) was a 20th century best-selling British author. She wrote over fifty books specialising in historical fiction, but she also wrote non-fiction and short stories. Many of her novels, including her Suffolk Trilogy, follow the history of a specific house and the residents that lived in it.
Lofts was born in Shipdham, Norfolk in England. She also wrote under the pen names Peter Curtis and Juliet Astley. Norah Lofts chose to release her murder-mystery novels under the pen name Peter Curtis because she did not want the readers of her historic fiction to pick up a murder-mystery novel and expect classic Norah Lofts historical fiction. However, the murders still show characteristic Norah Lofts elements. Most of her historical novels fall into two general categories: biographical novels about queens, among them Anne Boleyn, Isabella of Castile, and Catherine of Aragon; and novels set in East Anglia centered around the fictitious town of Baildon (patterned largely on Bury St. Edmunds). Her creation of this fictitious area of England is reminiscent of Thomas Hardy's creation of "Wessex"; and her use of recurring characters such that the protagonist of one novel appears as a secondary character in others is even more reminiscent of William Faulkner's work set in "Yoknapatawpha County," Mississippi. Norah Lofts' work set in East Anglia in the 1930s and 1940s shows great concern with the very poor in society and their inability to change their conditions. Her approach suggests an interest in the social reformism that became a feature of British post-war society.
Several of her novels were turned into films. Jassy was filmed as Jassy (1947) starring Margaret Lockwood and Dennis Price. You're Best Alone was filmed as Guilt is My Shadow (1950). The Devil's Own (also known as The Little Wax Doll and Catch As Catch Can) was filmed as The Witches (1966). The film 7 Women was directed by John Ford and based on the story Chinese Finale by Norah Lofts.
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