Crusoe's Daughter

Crusoe s Daughter In when she was six Polly Flint went to live with her two holy aunts at the yellow house by the marsh so close to the sea that it seemed to toss like a ship so isolated that she might have bee

  • Title: Crusoe's Daughter
  • Author: Jane Gardam
  • ISBN: 9780349114101
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1904, when she was six, Polly Flint went to live with her two holy aunts at the yellow house by the marsh so close to the sea that it seemed to toss like a ship, so isolated that she might have been marooned on an island And there she stayed for eighty one years while the century raged around her, while lamplight and Victorian order became chaos and nuclear dread CIn 1904, when she was six, Polly Flint went to live with her two holy aunts at the yellow house by the marsh so close to the sea that it seemed to toss like a ship, so isolated that she might have been marooned on an island And there she stayed for eighty one years while the century raged around her, while lamplight and Victorian order became chaos and nuclear dread Crusoe s Daughter, ambitious, moving and wholly original, is her story.

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    1. I have now read four of Jane Gardam 's books. All four I have given four stars: BilgewaterCrusoe's DaughterOld FilthThe Man in the Wooden Hat With this success rate I am not about to stop here. Infallibly good writing. The story is cleverly composed and contains some really great lines. Lines that make you think. I appreciate that each book has something specific and something different to say. You read to understand what at first is not made clear. Sort of a puzzle to be solved, but no, not lik [...]

    2. “Crusoe’s Daughter” by Jane Gardam is not everyone’s cup of tea read. It is not the usual fare that novels have to offer. It is different and written in a manner that takes time sinking into and enjoying the book. I went through that and once I did I could not stop reading it. Maybe because it is about books and a young girl understanding their need and loving them over a period of time. It is surreal and also elements of magical realism are present in it which makes it all the more inte [...]

    3. 3.5 One of her earliest books and from the note in the front of her book, this was her favorite. Northern England, 1904, and young Polly Flint is brought to stay and to be raised by her two very Christian aunts. Books are her solace and Robinson Crusoe her favorite. Throughout the years she would turn again and again to this book, so identifying with him and his situation.She would very seldom leave the island again, due to circumstances, tragedies and obligation. She would compare the plight of [...]

    4. The story starts with a six year old orphan arriving to live with two aunts, her life with them is isolated and not getting the love from them she needs she clings to a book, Robinson Crusoe. Polly was a hard character to get to know, parts of the book I struggled to enjoy, the second half was much more interesting. I do like it when a book follows someone through their life but this can also seem sad too, to see a child age and grow old over a few days of your life. Polly didn't seem to find th [...]

    5. It's hard to write a review for a book I loved so much because I want to gush over it. I have read a couple of other Jane Gardam books and loved them, but this one really resonated with me on a very personal level. In short, Polly Flint read "Robinson Crusoe" as a child and used him as a guide for her life. She was marooned with two very religious maiden aunts in a house by the sea, but created a landscape for herself from the fiction she read. It's a book about how fiction can save us, and how [...]

    6. I have discovered Jane Gardam only relatively recently, and love her spare and elegant style. I enjoyed this book very much. The young orphan cared for very kindly by her comparatively elderly aunts, who knows almost nothing of the real world and shares much of her life with her hero, Robinson Crusoe. Despite her reclusive life, it is for her full of rich incidents as she lives through most of the tumultuous 20th century.Highly recommended.

    7. Crusoe's Daughter by Jane Gardam (Europa Editions, 2012. First publ. 1985)I had read The Man in the Wooden Hat (a sequel to Old Filth, both published by Europa Editions) and fell in love with Jane Gardam’s sensuous style. By “sensuous” I don’t mean “lavish” or “lush.” I simply mean that her writing has a strong capacity to evoke feelings and states, and thus, to appeal to our senses. There are few contemporary writers who give one (me, at least) that feeling of intense pleasure w [...]

    8. This is one of my favourite books, I have read it two or three times and re-read it recently - everytime I read it I cry at a certain point in the story, even though I know it's coming. Each time I read it i discover more detail and parts thati hadn't fully appreciated. It tells the story of Polly Flint who is orphaned as a young girl and sent to live with two maiden aunts who live on the north east coast of England, in a house that's almost like a ship beached on an island, surrounded by sand. [...]

    9. I'm an ardent Jane Gardam fan, and will read all of her 21 booksmeday. She deserves all acclaim. "Crusoe's Daughter" is 6-year old Polly Flint brought to live with two aunts by her sea-faring captain dad in 1904. They live in a seaside town in northern England. The aunts begin Polly's German, math, writing, and church training. The writing is rich and thoughtful. We follow Polly as becomes a teenager, an aunt goes off to Africa with the pastor, Polly goes to her grandfather's artist's colony, Po [...]

    10. Britain’s multi-prize-winning author Jane Gardam was relatively unknown in America until the publication of her delightful novel Old Filth in 2004. That book brought her the long-overdue attention she deserves.Gardam’s writing is smart, bright and impressionistic: she colors places and characters deftly but never lingers too long on description or dialogue. Her novels are remarkable for their insinuation of the emotional undercurrents of ordinary lives. Crusoe’s Daughter is Gardam’s own [...]

    11. I love any story from a girl's point of view, especially one set in such a beautiful place, but this story just dragged on and on. I liked the beginning with descriptions of her simple life with her aunts in the yellow house, but the story got very boring after awhile. I think a turning point was her visit to Thwait's. Even writing that name makes me kind of cringe because it was so dull. The end really didn't line up with the beginning at all. It's as if she wrote the first half then took a yea [...]

    12. Crusoe's Daughter followed a path that I didn't expect, and I liked not knowing where it was leading or how to react to the long progression of years. It was moving, I felt despair, joy and hope for Polly Flint.You come to know the characters the same way a child does, at first just superficially and then as years go by with the deeper understanding and forgiveness that maturity brings. The revelation that Polly's life is remarkable presents itself slowly over time too. There was a dreamy, magic [...]

    13. It is worth noting that I have read 4 of Jane Gardam’s novels prior to “Crusoe’s Daughter,” (Old Filth, The Man in the Wooden Hat, Queen of the Tambourine and God on the Rocks) and have her “Last Friends” on my list for this year. Outside of John Irving, and excluding fantasy or science fiction works, Jane Gardam may be my most widely read author of fiction. The novel is her admitted favorite among her already quite long list of works and was inspired by Gardam’s own mother. Going [...]

    14. Gardam is a marvelous writer. "Old Filth" was a delightful historical novel with deep psychological insight about aging. But the sequel, "The Man with the Wooden Hat" was a great disappointment. It was difficult to accept that shallow work came from the same pen. With "Crusoe's Daughter", I'm happy to report, Gardam is back to form.The book does get off to a slow start as the enigmatic girl-protagonist is introduced. There is a superficiality about the characters in Polly's genealogy and the str [...]

    15. Dazzling imagery as usual, as well as one of those character voices only she seems to get right--odd, but not coy, intelligent rather than off-putting, truly humorous without being tiresome and self-loving. Gardam's sleight of hand is infallibly engaging and admirable. It's an idiosyncratic story, told well, about an obscure life that is nevertheless remarkable. Her love for the character is evident, yet she never descends into letting her be cloying.

    16. If James Joyce was not a show-off Irish man but a sly English woman, then "Crusoe's Daughter" might have resulted instead of Ulysses. Like "Ulysses", "Crusoe's Daughter" is dependent on another text for the structure of the novel. In addition, "Crusoe's Daughter" plays with all the different modes of narrative. But very unlike "Ulysses" where Joyce was all "Look at me!!!!" in crafting each chapter in its own style derived from different models, Gardam takes on the history of the novel and very s [...]

    17. As in "Old Filth", Jane Gardam writes about the life of a person who was virtually abandoned as a child and must "live by his wits" in the sense that he/she must bring himself up alone and find his/her way by application of innate intelligence without much external guidance. In this book, as opposed to "Old Filth", the protagonist is raised by strangers (aunts and their companion, Ms. Woods, and their housekeepers/servants) who exhibit at least some love (though not parental). Again, unlike the [...]

    18. This book has good reviews and has a good literary feel to it, but I'm afraid it just wasn't for me. There just seemed a lack of detail and of connection to historical events to keep me fully engaged in the story. There were points in the story where it started to engage me, like when she first taught a class, but these weren't developed and subsequently I lost interest. It is a good book but just didn't do it for me.

    19. Hmmmm.well, I'm a big fan of Jane Gardam and I did enjoy this but not nearly as much as the others I've read. It's the tale of Polly Flint who is sent at the age of around 6 to stay with her aunts in a big old house by the sea in the North East of England. Polly is obsessed with Robinson Crusoe and he accompanies her through most of her life which we follow until nearly the end. I didn't feel really engaged with her until Polly was in her 30s. It's early Gardam (1985) so it may be that she hadn' [...]

    20. This was a very odd book. I kept working on it and finally at the very end, something real happened. The author has won awards for her writing, and this is her favorite book of her work, but I cannot really recommend it. I appreciated what she was trying to do, but it was just an odd, coming of age story that stretched out for 28 years like Robinson Crusoe's time on the island. It didn't take me that long to read it, but it kind of felt that way.

    21. The narrative technique is intriguing. It's not exactly what I would call psychological realism because all the action is external, bu are given hints and innuendos about the plot, along with explicit statements: "Aunt Clare died." Whap. Years can pass between paragraphs, or seconds. It's an intriguing story of twentieth century England and the life of Polly Flint, orphan and admirer of Robinson Crusoe. Well worth a read, but don't expect a conventional narrative.

    22. Celebrates the life of a true feminist. And be it the first decade of the 20th century or the 21st century- Polly would scarce be recognized as such. This is not a book that many moderns would enjoy, but this kind of ordinary life lived with authentic core to her own determinations! Priceless in any age.

    23. I adore Jane Gardam, and I enjoyed this book. In a preface to the Europa edition, Gardam says this is her personal favorite among her books. Still, it isn't the first thing I'd recommend to someone who is unfamiliar with her work. There are some great characters in here, like the daffy old family friend who runs her house like an artists' colony and an aunt who runs off with the minister. I like the wartime, Northern England setting, and Polly Flint, the main character, is a woman of substance.

    24. Polly Flint was born just before the opening of the 20th century. Polly is six when she comes to the yellow house on the Yorkshire coast between the marsh and the sea. The yellow house overwhelms her at first but she soon makes it home. Shortly after arriving, Polly's father dies, leaving her to be brought up by her Aunts Mary and Frances in a place so isolated that there are virtually no other children. One aunt is distant and very religious – Polly refuses to share the extreme religiosity of [...]

    25. NPR has called Jane Gardam "the best British writer you've never heard of." Curiously, my local library only carried this title, which the author herself claims is her favorite book but wasn't nominated/awarded any literary honors as many of her other novels were.Crusoe's Daughter is Polly's story. From her early childhood as an orphan dropped off with her spinster aunts in a small desolate English town on the coast of the Irish Sea. Lonely and cut off from the world, Polly grows up isolated and [...]

    26. Crusoe's Daughter is the story of Polly Flint, who, when she's six years old, comes to live with her two aunts in a big yellow house on a marsh in the North-East of England. Polly's mother has been dead since Polly was one; her father is a sea-captain and not around much, and, as it turns out, he is soon to be dead as well, leaving Polly permanently with the aunts, and with sour Mrs Woods, a widow who lives with them, along with Charlotte, the housekeeper. It's Polly's story but it's also the st [...]

    27. This is the story of Polly Flint, a young girl whose mother is dead, and whose father - a sea captain - leaves her in "The Yellow House" with two aunts, older sisters of her mother. They live in a marshy area of England, and the house is somewhat remote from the nearby town. Polly ends up spending the entire book except for a small amount of time in this house, and lives an extremely sheltered and lonely life. Her one "friend" - Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe - a book she read as a young girl, [...]

    28. OK, I nearly gave up on this. It's one of those "ahh Allusion; oh, lookForeboding" books that I usually don't like much. I also broke all my rules in finishing this, but it turned out to be ok. So, from the title you can see that Robinson Crusoe is involved. And from the blurb you know that this is about a woman who came to live in the yellow house by the sea in the North of England in 1904 (at age 6) and never moved away again. The book was published in 1985; you do the math. Very intriguing pr [...]

    29. Immediate disclosure: I love Gardam's work. And this novel fits so well with the others of hers I've read. The characters are well considered--quirky and complicated, but so real. What a gift.Anyway, in this novel, Polly falls "in love" with Robinson Crusoe, whose life is not wholly unlike her own. She's a sort-of castaway, having lost both of her parents, been in bad care situations, and finally landed on the island of her two aunts. They do their best, as does she, in an awkward situation.The [...]

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