Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor download in iPad, ePub, pdf
However, the depth of her genius is still only half-recognised. When she subjects the newest resident of the Claremont to that classic geriatric indignity, a fall, the upshot is not humiliation, but romance.
It was from them that I heard the stories of the witty, secretive, reclusive and dedicated writer who lived and worked almost all her life in the home counties, particularly Penn in Buckinghamshire. The Claremont symbolises a class and a way of life heading for the dustbin of history. This time, there is no happy outcome. She is asserting her right to be herself after years as a colonial wife, while also acknowledging the inevitability of decline and death. The two newly found friends discover they have a lot more in common with each other than they do with other people their own age.
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont is, for me, her masterpiece. Among the other residents of the Claremont, Lady Swayne and Mrs de Salis are comic monsters who could have easily enjoyed walk-on parts in Jane Austen. Now, no one reflected the image of herself, and it seemed diminished. Finally, Mrs Palfrey rejects an offer of marriage, and has another fall.
All but abandoned by her family in a London retirement hotel, Mrs. She could hardly have been more wrong. But Taylor, though ruthlessly observant, also delights in exploring the trivial banalities of everyday life.
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