In a few short pages,” writes Francine Prose in her Introduction, “May Sinclair succeeds in rendering the oppressive weight and strength. This short book charts the life of Harriett Frean, from birth to death. She is born into a well to do Victorian tradesman’s family in a London suburb. Life and Death of Harriett Frean: English literature: The literature of World War I and the interwar period: Olivier: A Life () and Life and Death of Harriett.

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Harriett lifs to me that she hadn’t developed a personality of her own in her entire life, the book began with Harriett the childand she ha Who is Harriett Frean? By coincidence, I picked up The Life and Death of Harriett Frean in an Oxfam bookshop the other week so your reading and review of it is very timely! Oliver Tearle is the author of Britain by the Book: What if you don’t get out enough? I stumbled across this blog when I googled Dorothy Whipple.

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Her actions destroy the lives of herself, her best friend, and the man she loves. Mar 25, Shanu rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 3 comments. Published April 14th by Harrietf first published It’s hard to ‘like’ a novel that so ruthlessly and efficiently constructs a woman’s cage of self-deprivation and extreme self-effacement to the point of near disappearance. He stooped and she leapt up into his arms.

The story started when Harriett Frean was a baby and her mother cooed over her, reciting a nursery rhyme. It’s told in succinct, almost plain style, using select episodes to illuminate a whole life.

Life and Death of Harriett Frean

May harrett, Ana rated it really liked it Shelves: Oh, what the hell. Jan 23, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it it was amazing. I thought it was quite remarkable novel, it made me simultaneously sad and angry, I was furious at Harriet but I could pity her either.


Well written review, Rachel. It also suggests that what may appear to be the right course of action isn’t always. Jean Radford January 5, at 7: Every generation has its slow-witted children who live at home for decades.

This book will stick with me, I will probably analise Harriett’s life with more interest than she did. Harriet floats through life and not much changes except her age.

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In Harriet, following that precept through self-sacrifice and repression is not about bringing about the best outcome for others, it is about preserving her own personal moral purity and beauty. Reblogged this on Lengua y Literatura Universal. And yet, there is no hell like this one.

A concise, poignant look at the dangers of being who we think we should be rather than truly living. Sinclair was a suffragist and Harriet Frean is the opposite, a woman who is raised to be “nothing but beautifully behaved. She is a woman who has allowed herself to become utterly useless, both to herself and others.

A small masterpiece, I think, that should be read by everyone to show how far the Western world has come in a little over a hundred years in its treatment of women. It spans the whole life, almost seventy years, of the title protagonist but it reads more like as a report of a single day, at most some hours. Yes…I have seen these claims recently, saying that women are unhappy because they should never have tried to have careers. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Harriett Frean was born and brought up in loving family, Mamma and Papa taught her to act and behave beautifully and indicated it as paramount virtue in life.

May Sinclair was the pseudonym of Mary Amelia St. Notify me of new comments via email. It still amazes me to think that in the early 20th Century, even though some women came top ahd their year in the Maths Tripos at Cambridge they were not allowed degrees. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Sinclair’s account of the life of a fictionalised Victorian woman, who goes against gender stereotypes in several ways, is a joy and delight; her characterisation is exquisite.


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I have mixed feelings about this classic from May Sinclair, primarily because it really speaks to a particular person and mentality, which differs diametrically from mine. Her annd shone white between her long, hanging curls. They are a close, tight knit family and Harriett feels little need for other people, though she does have several close girl friends as she grows up and goes to school.

But boarders come and go, so she really does not have deep relationships with anyone in her household. What about the “secret” behind “the dirty blue palings”? Or so it seems. This was a really good hariett and i’m glad i read it.

The author, May Sinclair, was a poppin’ writer, harrieth, and suffragette in the early s who was hugely influential to modernist literature but she’s almost completely forgotten. An hour or so is all what you need to finish reading this book, but it may take you one lifetime to forget it.

These situations I think reveal the inherent selfishness that can lurk behind the moral imperative “to never think of abd. Interesting Literature is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking harritet Amazon.

This is a very sad, empty sort of book of a very sad, empty sort of life. Oct 11, Candice rated it liked it Shelves: It was also adapted into a BBC television show in It achieved more with its brevity than other novels with plenty pages, it was low-keyed yet left me with real emotions.