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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons. Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons.

Life is not quite a Nightingale woods for poor Viola. Left penniless, the young widow is forced to live with her late husband's family in a joyless old house.

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There's Mr Wither, a tyrannical old miser, Mrs Wither, who thinks Viola is just a common shop girl, and two unlovely sisters-in-law, one of whom is in love with the chauffeur. PaperbackNightingale woods. Published April 2nd by Virago first published To see what your friends thought of this book, Nightingale woods sign up. To ask other Nightingale woods questions about Nightingale Woodplease sign up. Lists with This Book. May 02, Shannon Nightingale woods Days rated it really liked it Shelves: I loved Cold Comfort FarmGibbons' debut novel the film is also wonderful, if you haven't seen itso I was excited to hear about this book - I never thought to look into it but Gibbons wrote quite a few novels in her day; this is her ninth.

And, written and set prior to the outbreak of WWII, it was perfect for the currently-running s Mini-Challenge hosted by things mean a lot. From the opening line, you know you're in for one of those wonderfully witty, sharply ironic stories that cast I loved Cold Comfort FarmGibbons' debut Nightingale woods the film is also wonderful, if you haven't seen itso I was excited to hear about this book - I never thought to look into it but Gibbons wrote quite a few novels in her day; this is her ninth.

From the opening line, you know you're in for one of those wonderfully witty, sharply ironic stories that cast an appraising and not very flattering eye on people and society.

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This kind of dry humour, deprecating and even insulting in its ability to spotlight people's flaws and insecurities, their idiosyncrasies and petty vanities, is a sense of humour I grew up with and feel perfectly comfortable with, thanks to how much British television the ABC plays and how much we, my family, watched. It is the story of newly widowed Viola Wither, a shopgirl who married Theodore Wither who died of pneumonia a year later while only in his 40s.

Pretty much penniless, she goes to live with her in-laws at The Eagles in Sussex: Into this gloomy house comes Viola, who is herself not very intelligent, nor does she have great depth of feeling. But, she has always had a great crush on the Withers' neighbour, Victor Spring, a very handsome and wealthy bachelor and businessman.

Victor is just as Nightingale woods as everyone else - you won't Nightingale woods a single character in Nightingale Wood who comes across as completely sympathetic; at the very least, they're depicted as a bit of a twit.

With Victor, the object of Viola's mad love, he's less than honourable with women: He admired women only for being Nightingale woods, docile, and well dressed. He had to pretend he admired the other achievements because everybody else admired them or said that Nightingale woods did but to himself he thought coarsely All a lot of B.

And when he got with other men, who agreed with him, they would smile in a certain way, and look at each other, and mutter 'All a lot of B. This may have been due to suppressed subconscious jealousy. Or it may have been due to the natural resentment of a healthy creature, existing efficiently in its own sphere, because another creature with different powers and aims was muscling in on a comfortable racket.

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There are the two points of view. Phyllis is even less of an attractive person than Victor - she reminded me of Mr Darcy's girlfriend Natasha in Bridget Jones's Diaryespecially when she clicks her fingers at him to hurry along did Nightingale woods get the name right?

The ensemble cast - and there are plenty more who make an appearance and Nightingale woods impact on the story - make for an entertaining read. The plot is simple enough, following mostly Viola and Tina, but isn't really about plot.

It's more a very shrewd, slightly caustic in its honestydeeply ironic look at Nightingale woods 20th century British society, still deeply classist, still obsessed with money and who has it, with vanities fair and foul. I half expected Victor's cousin Hetty, who scorns their flashy lifestyle and grand house with a snobbery equal to theirs, and reads a lot of poetry and other "deep" works, to be a Nightingale woods, even wise character: In a way, it makes for an evenly-told story.

Perhaps because all their flaws and vanities are held up for our laughing scrutiny, they all end up being sympathetic characters, in their way. They're also very familiar characters: Which just emphasises how shrewd Gibbons' eye really was. So we laugh and wince at the same time. It did take me quite a while to read this book, because it's surprisingly dense and seemed to take forever to turn a page.

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There's a lot of detail here, and it's a different prose style than what is common these days. I could quote lots of passages, there's some wonderful insightful lines here and yet more wit, but Nightingale woods be better off reading the book yourself and getting the proper context.

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I'm certainly keen to read more Gibbons. View all 7 comments. Apr 11, Ryandake rated it liked it. Gibbons is a new experience for me. Nightingale woods very funny, Nightingale woods smart novel about upper-middle-class life in late 's England.

Two families, separated by a woodland where The Hermit, the town Nightingale woods and squatter lives, come together in unlikely ways when Viola, the Withers' widowed daughter-in-law, arrives and chaos starts brewing. Lots of wit, some tongue-in-cheek moments and just enough sadness to make all of the lovely bits sting just a bit more. If you liked Cold Comfort Farm you will probably like this one.

For the longer review, pl A very funny, very smart novel about upper-middle-class life in late 's England. For the longer review, please go here: Recently reissued by Virago Modern Classics!

Because there isn't much plot description on GR I am stealing Robin McKinley's review from her blog until I actually get to read this myself.

Viola Thompson is a shop girl with no Nightingale woods and, having no prospects, somewhat reluctantly accepts the proposal of a dull young man named Theodore Wither, because she Nightingale woods not likely to have any others.

Theodore, however, is so convenient, or inconvenient, as to die after a year of marriage; and Viola goes Recently reissued by Virago Modern Classics! Theodore, however, is so convenient, or inconvenient, as to die after a year of marriage; and Viola goes to live with her in-laws: Viola is soon lonelier and more miserable than she can comprehend; and with nothing to look forward to, and nothing to think about except the one other large house in the area, where an extremely wealthy and rather handsome young man named Victor Spring lives with his mother and his cousin, gives flashy and dashing house parties, and is the Nightingale woods fantasy of every shop girl in Sible Pelden and Chesterbourne.

They saw him walk past the window on his afternoon off, wearing a grey suit in which he looked as beautiful as he did in his dark uniform differing therein from many chauffeurs, whose appearance when in mufti suggests that of escaped convicts.

He was a passionate amateur actor, and named her Viola after his favourite heroine: Nightingale woods was Nightingale woods Shakespeare, and she was used to him. Of the exciting house on the far side of the nightingale wood: Vans from Harrods, from Fortnum and Mason and Cartier, came up to the house.

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These were for Mrs Spring, whose hobby was shopping. Nightingale woods then the ball is over, and she has to go back to the dire frigid house where there is nothing to do—one of the things Gibbons gets bang right to Nightingale woods eye is the mad, frenzied, hopeless boredom of being a nice bourgeois girl of that era. Well, not exactly dead, but I wish I was a nun or something, or something simply marvellous would happen tomorrow. But—finally—and with only a tiny acceptable amount of violent manipulation, she has an excuse to write him a letter: She heard the little sound as it landed on the other letters below.

She stood for a minute, staring at the box, then turned and walked slowly home.

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Lovers of old novels. She's a really interesting figure to me, Gibbons, because she wrote SO much, Nightingale woods is pretty much only known for Cold Comfort Farm, which is, of course, delightful.

But she was a prolific writer, and just jumped all over the place with her books. Most people don't do that. In Nightingale Wood, we Nightingale woods the story of class clash in a small English town. That's what this book is all about: The coldness of a hard family, and how the characters try to find love to warm them up again.

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I really enjoyed this book. If like me you've been a long time fan of Cold Comfort Farm, then you'll love this one as well. It was written in and it's a story about Nightingale woods, their social position, manners and relationships.

There's also an interwoven social commentary about the diff I really enjoyed this book. There's also an interwoven social commentary about the different roles Nightingale woods stereotypes of women at the time.

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I loved the humour in the book and laughed out loud several times. To sum it up - typically English, quirky and fun.


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