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Not love each other Although the author was close to her father she is not naware of his difficult prickly A Consortium of Worlds ualities His intellectual high standards and capacity for hard work makes him incapable ofnderstanding the social butterfly life of his wife Even corrosively he finds the sexual and physically affectionate side of life very difficult and even repugnant Philippa is both a maddening and pitiable figure and I can The Sublime understand well why hernhappy life and inconsistent parenting scarred her daughter Although Nicolson ends the book by describing her own daughters and her toddler at the time of writing granddaughter it is her brave attempt to Letters Between a Catholic and an Evangelical understand her own maternal legacy which really defines the book Reading about the family history of the well known especially if they carry double barrelled names seems to satisfy the readers voyeristic needs it givess the insiders view of persons we know in ite abstract terms In this respect the book does not disappoint there are lots of scandalous stories to keep s intrigued and occupied Probably the strongest aspect of the book is the dispassionate way they are told its weakest the formulaic expressions Unforeseen (Kingdom Keepers, used to tell them A very moving account of seven generations of womenInteresting how things are carried on through the generationsAll amazing women love is the keyTouching and beautifully written I loved this sweep through history told through the singular lives of the women of the author s family Each woman s life is described in just a couple of chapters so that I never found myself getting too bored by mundane details Juliet Nicolson does a wonderful job of placing these women in their exact time and place while alsoncovering the major and Nascars Wildest Wrecks universal themes of their lives She examines the characters lovingly and forgives them their faults When she tells her own story the author is very honest about her strengths and foibles and you cannderstand her clearly as a product #of her family and the particular time period in which she #her family and the particular time period in which she lived I loved the book because it reminded me that life is often difficult Even living surrounded by beautiful things at places like Knole and Sissinghurst does not protect you from heartache and fear and often destructive coping mechanisms Finally although most of the book centers on the women in her family the author does a brilliant job describing her father Nigel the son
of Vita Sackville West I think it is a beautiful book "With Some Poignant Life Lessons "some poignant life lessons Vita Sackville West I think it is a beautiful book with some poignant life lessons Juliet has written some excellent books including two works of history The Perfect Summer and The Great Silence plus a novel Abdication However in this new book she turns her attention to her own family history and what a family it is The granddaughter of Vita Sackville West and Harold Nicolson daughter of Nigel Nicolson and sister of the historian Adam Nicolson she comes from a great literary heritage as well as having the shadow of the great family estates of Knole and Sissinghurst as part of her history That is not to mention her family s involvement in politics Vita s greatest friend Virginia Woolf or even the fact that her favourite teacher at school. Uished historian started to A Land More Kind Than Home uestion As she did so she sifted fact from fictionncovering details and secrets long held just out of sight A House Full of Daughters takes s through seven generations of women In the nineteenth century slums of Malaga the salons of fin de siecle Washington DC an English boarding school during the Second World War Chelsea in the 1960s the knife edge that was New York City in the 1980s these women emerge for Juliet as The motherdaughter relationship is notoriously complex and in this family history half biography and the other half memoir Author Juliet Nicolson Has Particularly Juliet Nicolson has particularly material to work with Although the book is a very personal project for Nicolson in the sense that she is hoping to fill in the shadowy outlines of her female ancestors she is also aiming for a social history and even a psychological one Maternal patterns of smothering possessive love are contrasted with a distant even indifferent model and Nicolson is particularly interested in the ways that insecurity are handed down to the next generation Although this book ostensibly about mothers and daughters Nicolson also emphasises the nurturing role that fathers have played in her family history and most particularly in the case of her own parents Beginning with Pepita great great grandmother to the author Nicolson attempts to separate out the fragments of family legend in order to discover something complete authentic about this female ancestor Born in Malaga to poor and ndistinguished parents Pepita manages to leverage her good lucks and grace into a successful dancing career She captures the attention of an English aristocrat described as old Lionel Sackville to differentiate him from his nephew young Lionel Sackville and ends James Still up being a common law wife to him and bearing him many children The oldest of these children Victoria endsp marrying the young Lionel Sackville her first cousin and becomes the mistress of Knole one of the grandest aristocratic homes in England Two generations from poverty in Spain to the highest rung of English society it reads like a fairy story or fantasy than real life I read this book because of the Vita Sackville West connection but ironically she does not particularly stand out in this long line of interesting women Mother to the author s father Nigel Vita s life is somewhat downplayed and Juliet s childhood memories of her primarily in the garden she created at Sissinghurst are given attention than her bolder experiments To be fair Vita s bisexuality and Another Turn of the Crank unconventionality are referenced but there is much emphasis on the Vita of later years and thenexpectedly close partnership she achieved with her husband Harold Nicolson has fascinating material to work with and all three of her female ancestors have lives interesting enough to warrant a book of their own Without a doubt though her selective history of her own family becomes most emotionally affecting when she delves into the
Life Of Her Own Mother of her own mother Philippa comes from a good family they have none of the glamorous Native Son unconventionality or aristocratic insouciance of the Sackvilles Nicolson describes them as Tory conventional and well heeled In many ways Nicolson pities her mother who she feels has been a victim of sorts of history Sandwiched between two brothers in her family nothing much has been expected of or for Phillipa except that she be pretty competent at bridge and tennis and make a good marriage Her marriage to the significantly older Nigel Nicolson is a disaster for them both Not only are they temperamentallynsuited but they do. A family memoir that traces the myths legends and secrets of seven generations of remarkable womenAll families have their myths and legends For many years Juliet Nicolson accepted hers the dangerous beauty of her flamenco dancing great great grandmother Pepita the flirty manipulation of her great grandmother Victoria the infamous eccentricity of her grandmother Vita Sackville West her mother’s Tory conventional background But then Juliet a disting.
read & download Ý PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ú Juliet NicolsonWas no less a person than Penelope Fitzgerald and that she was nfazed when Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor Came For A Taylor came for a This book though is not interested in the rich and famous even if most of those who inhabit these pages are one or the other if not both but looks at seven generations of women in her family from the birth of her grandmother s grandmother in 1830 to the birth of her granddaughter All of these women apart from one were privileged in terms of wealth and all were daughters as all women are born and remain daughters As Juliet Nicolson says families have different expectations from sons and daughters and this story is riddled with secrets and maternal jealousy as well as maternal loveThis history begins with Juliet s great great grandmother the Spanish dancer Pepita Unlike all of the other women in this history Pepita was born in 1830 to a life of poverty Her mother worshipped her beautiful and talented daughter and before long Pepita had found fame and fortune She also had an early marriage an nfortunate fact when she fell in love with Lionel Sackville West a twenty five year old attach at the British Legation in Germany with whom she would have children but never a real familyThe next woman in this history is Pepita s oldest daughter Victoria Unlike her mother Victoria eventually became accepted by society and married a man with the exact same name as her own father her cousin Lionel Sackville West Married in 1890 the couple were originally head over heels in love but a terrible experience with childbirth led to the marriage turning sour and left Vita as their only daughter and indeed only child Vita Sackville West was entirely nconventional and like many of the daughters in this book had an early slightly suffocating relationship
With A Mother Which Becamea mother which became and estranged as the young girl became independent with age Her marriage to Harold Nicolson was despite their difficulties built pon a commitment to each other although motherhood baffled Vita We then move on to Juliet s mother Phillipa whose own mother Pam married Vita s son Nigel Nicolson Juliet Nicolson does not hesitate to reveal the less comfortable sides of wealth privilege and snobbery such as the time when Pam and a young Phillipa reduced young evacuee s staying at their house to tears or when she is open about the problems with alcohol she shared with her own mother Philippa obviously cared about her daughter and visited her every day in hospital when she was once ill but it is distressing to read how little warmth Juliet was shown and how she can even recall the rare occasions her mother held her hand The book continues with her relationships with her own daughters Clemmie and Flora and the circle closes with the birth of her granddaughter Imogen I really enjoyed this family history which concentrated on the female line of a family There is the nconditional love
of motherhood but also manipulative behaviour selfishness and benign neglect This is an honest account of mothersmotherhood but also manipulative behaviour selfishness and benign neglect This is an honest account of mothers daughters and is both moving and well written Lastly I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review. Eople in their own right but also as part of who she is and where she has come from A House Full of Daughters is one woman’s investigation into the nature of family memory and the past As Juliet finds ncomfortable patterns reflected in these distant and recent versions of herself she realizes her challenge is to embrace the good and reject the hazards that have trapped past generationsFrom Farrar Straus and Giroux's Official Summary via Macmillan. ,