I’m going to work through the novels chronologically, but I may be distracted along the way ….
Kirsty has finished reading and she had mixed feelings, saying:
“Whilst ‘The Ladies of Lyndon’ is nicely written on the whole, it does feel rather dated ….”
Ali was very taken with ‘The Constant Nymph, saying:
“I absolutely loved it, at once fully involving myself with the characters, as I became immersed in the world of ‘Sanger’s Circus’. I think Margaret Kennedy might be an author whose work I will have to read much more of.”
Helen is reading this one too.
GenusRosa has written a lovely piece about ‘The Fool of the Family.’
“The intense bursts of lucid, fresh prose often kept me thinking about what I had just read. As a musician, there were many elements of the novel that resonated with my own perspective.”
I know that Darlene is reading ‘Together and Apart’, because it says so in her sidebar, and I am very curious to know what she thinks of it.
Kirsty had words of praise for this book:
“Kennedy discusses familial relationships and their breakdown throughout the novel, and everything which she touches upon is shown in mind of the impending divorce. Together and Apart, even all these years later, is still an important novel, just as relevant to our society today as it was upon its publication.”
Tina was planning to read this too.
Kaggsy was very impressed by ‘The Feast’ and she said:
“Reading “The Feast” was a hugely enjoyable and rewarding experience and I’m so glad I chose it. In fact, I think it will benefit from a re-read as I was so anxious to reach the conclusion that I’m sure there are many profound little bits I’ve missed.”
Cirtnecce has also read ‘The Feast’, and she told me that she loved it.
Cynthia is reading ‘Lucy Carmichael’ and I’m sure she is going to be one of the many who have fallen in love with that particular book. I think its still my favourite Margaret Kennedy novel.
I’ve read ‘Night at Cold Harbour’ too, and I’ll tell you more about that tomorrow.
“One of the unexpectedly appealing things about The Forgotten Smile is the way that Kennedy plays with structure. It feels a bit as though the novel were a jigsaw puzzle that had fallen apart and been haphazardly reassembled, as the sections of the story are not given in either a linear order or any particularly logical one. It shouldn’t work, but it does.”
Eliza is reading ‘Outlaws on Parnassus’, Margaret’s Kennedy’s non-fiction work about the art of the novelist, and she described it thus:
“Dated but full of excellent points. Also dry wit.”
And that reminds me that Claire has three of Margaret Kennedy’s works in her library pile: ‘The Feast’, ‘Lucy Carmichael’, and ‘Where Stands a Winged Sentry’.
I think that’s all I have. I hope I haven’t missed anyone, but if I have just let me know and I’ll add you to the list.
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And so to the giveaway.
It’s very simple. You could win any in-print Margaret Kennedy novel in print. Just tell me which one you’d like to have if you win, and at least one very good reason why.
Some books are available already, and some of the reissues have been delayed and are now expected on 16th October. So the choices are:
The Ladies of Lyndon
The Constant Nymph
The Fool of the Family
The Midas Touch
The Forgotten Smile
Return I Dare Not
A Long Time Ago
Together and Apart
A Night in Cold Harbour
Now tell me, which book would you like to win?