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Lily: A Tale of Revenge from the Sunday Times bestselling author

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From Sunday Times bestselling novelist Rose Tremain comes a gripping novel of murder and revenge set in Victorian England

A nevek nagyon fontosak, mondta, és ha az emberek nem tudják a nevedet, olyan vagy, mint a fák közt imbolygó árnyék, vagy a földek fölött szálló bogáncspihe – anyagtalan. Tremain has given us a courageous and determined heroine in Lily. Despite the fact that she has little education and been shown scant affection, she is determined not to become ground down by her circumstances. Through the author’s portrayal of the characteristically vicious Victorian attitude to illegitimate children, she reinforces just how significant a child’s start in life is (perhaps echoes here of her previous memoir ‘Rosie’). Her formative years, spent in a rural idyll provides the strength she needs to believe in herself and, whilst some of her actions are morally wrong, who can blame her for what she does? Lively and emotional ... Not many novelists of this calibre are so easy to read and hard to put down' Sunday TimesSzámomra a regény nagy pozitívuma az, miként a barátság fontos szerepet kap, ami értéket képvisel és megérdemli az értő olvasást. Azonban nem árt ha a sorok között is tudunk olvasni, hogy a cselekmény összetettségét is megértsük, illetve szeretni tudjuk ezt a történetet annak ellenére is, hogy nem adja magát könnyen. Bonyolult kapcsolatokat él meg Lily, ahonnan már-már úgy tűnik, nehéz győztesen kikerülni, de minden lappal egyre több erő sugárzik Lily-ből, egy kedvelhető, de nagyon érdekes, összetett személyiség. A befejezésért pedig mindenképpen megéri végig elolvasni a regényt, mert egy gyönyörű, megható és egyben felemelő lezárást kapunk egy erős női karaktertől. Összességében szerettem ezt a szépen megírt, erős narratívával bíró regényt és ajánlom olvasásra mindazoknak, akik szeretik a történelmet és nem riadnak vissza attól, hogy egy erős női karakterről olvassanak, aki nem hétköznapi felnőtté válást tudhat a magáénak. Marianne is naive, and for a lot of her life, her naivety stays through to her adulthood and shapes decisions she makes. Különleges olvasmányélmény volt, de nem mondanám, hogy annyira tetszett, amiről olvastam. Persze ne legyünk naivak, túllépve Jane Austen habos-babos viktóriánus világán, tudjuk jól, hogy milyen volt az igazi élet az akkori Angliában. Azt hiszem ilyen volt: nyomasztó, sötét és reménytelen. Aki rossz helyre születik annak esélye sem volt, jóformán semmire. Mégis valahogy úgy éltem meg ezt a történetet, hogy sétálok valami borzasztó sötét helyen, már fel szeretném adni az egészet, mert nem bírom tovább, amikor hirtelen kikerülök a fényre, szinte minden átmenet nélkül. A vége végülis pozitív, merem remélni, már pedig remélünk, ettől ember az ember. A brilliant description of first love - you know, the one that you still think about even though you haven't seen them for thirty years, although you may have stalked them on Facebook every now and then.

This may, at first, appear to be a ‘slight’ novel. It is no such thing. Another wholly involving, incredibly moving, and thought-provoking story from the incredibly talented Rose Tremain. But please, don't go into this expecting a cosy, wintry fireplace-fitting read. Because that is one of the things Lily most definitely is not.

She dreams of Sam Trent, who seems to be watching over her, and he also seems to have special feelings for her. It is her guilty secret, because Sam is a married man and his wife has been especially kind to her. I think the fewer words I use here the better. As a huge lover of historical fiction, I was looking forward to this one, but it just wasn’t to be. Rose Tremain was born Rosemary Jane Thomson on 2 August 1943 in London to Viola Mabel Thomson and Keith Nicholas Home Thomson. [2] Her paternal great-grandfather is William Thomson, who was Archbishop of York from 1862 to 1890. [3] Lily is a foundling, born in London but belonging nowhere. Her memory of a stint with foster parents, in a countryside setting which is a Constable sunset compared to the Doré hellscape that is Victorian London, sustains her through her later years at the Foundling Hospital. There, she is abused (in every sense of the word), isolated, desperate. Life regains a modicum of its early colour when she is apprenticed to a larger than life wigmaker - Lily finds a facsimile of family, of belonging. The darkness, though, remains - but it's in her soul, where she guards a fierce need for revenge, and later, a dark and terrible secret.

But before Lily’s oppression can begin in earnest, she is whisked off to the Suffolk countryside. It is the hospital’s practice to farm out its charges for the first six years of their lives, presumably to ensure that they are sturdy enough to be properly brutalised. As befits the heroine of a melodrama, the arrangement also entrains a brief reversal of fortune. For at Rookery Farm, the young Lily is positively steeped in bucolic bliss, doted upon by a sweet-natured matriarch and surrounded by “a bright immensity of sky, skeins of thistledown born aloft, birds in the trembling heavens”. In a month’s time, Lily will be seventeen, but already she is a murderer. We know from the cover of the book that her story is ‘a tale of revenge’ but we don’t know until quite late in the book the reason for this act of revenge, or the identity of her victim, or how Lily carried out this murder.

Lily is a novel in an historical setting, but Rose Tremain resists the label ‘historical novel’. ‘When you write about history, you can write anybody’s story,’ she says. ‘There isn’t this question of authenticity.’ The old London in which Lily lives and works is, however, realistically portrayed and the Thomas Coram Foundling Hospital did exist. Its founder and governors were kindly, god-fearing men; and wealthy women, like Lily’s benefactress, Lady Elizabeth Mortimer, helped to support such benevolent institutions. Not everyone who works in such places, however, is as good-hearted as their founders, and harsh punishment and cruelty, then as now, were not uncommon. When Lily and the policeman meet again, Lily is convinced that he holds the key to her happiness. But might he also be the one to uncover her crime and so condemn her to death? How she navigates her life, as a result of this heartbreak but also the conflicting relationship she has with her parents, are the core of what this story is about, as it shapes her both as a child and as an adult. Aspden, Peter (5 June 2008). "Tremain novel on plight of a migrant wins Orange prize". Irish Times. Nincs egyetlen nevelő sem, aki egy gyerekhez méltó bánásmódban részesítené az ott lakókat. A gonoszság szinte nekem is fájt.

Van néhány cselekményszál, amit utólag feleslegesnek érzek, mert nem vezetett sehová. Ilyen pl. Belle Prettywood betegsége és a temetői kiruccanás, de a Lilyt megmentő rendőrrel kapcsoaltos érzelmek is kilógtak egy picit. spoiler Még a szövődő barátságok sem engedélyezettek. Hideg vízben mosakodás, tetvek, nem is sorolom. Ezek átélése után később sem lehet normális életet élni. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this novel and it’s one I’ll reread to see what clever nuances I miss first time around.Written in Tremain’s dependably enjoyable style, this book was let down by the plot. It’s not difficult to pull on the heartstrings when describing child abuse, so yes, it was moving at times, but parts of it seemed lazy and/or nonsensical. This small but mighty novella is a master class in character and world building and the writing is just sublime. The portrayal of Marianne effortlessly captures the absurdity of teenage infatuation ‘The narcissism of a person in love knows no bounds ‘. But no. She is forced to run away from her love to Rookery Farm where her foster father is dead, 2 of the 3 brothers have left and Nellie the foster mother who is the most beloved to her has dementia of some sort (although she does remember Lily and we see she was sad to let her go). Then it ends with her thinking if the police come after her (Sam Trench the person she loves being the head detective if they arrive) then she would drop herself in a dark well.

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