6 thoughts on “Sylvia Townsend Warner: The Corner That Held Them

  1. I’m intrigued by your review of this book, and I find I tried, at third hand, to read significance into the butterfly – isn’t this what we do sometimes in real life, we try to construct sense/pattern/significance/history out of events or chance remarks?
    I’m looking forward to reading this book.

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  2. Thank you for this wonderful review – I deeply appreciate your insights into literary theory and techniques of historical fiction and where this superb novel fits in.

    I am also tickled PINK by the notion that it is ‘As moving as The Nun’s Story’ 🙂

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  3. Thank you for recommending this book. I have read a lot of the heroic running around and fighting sort of historical novel and it was good to read one where ‘nothing happens’ (though of course to the nuns it’s their life and so lots happens). As you say, the little details and the parts of people’s stories that you don’t see all of, though you believe they exist outside the novel, are part of the appeal.

    I am often interested in reading your recommendations though generally rely on what my local library can offer. They have a few other Sylvia Townsend Warner books which I now look forward to trying too. Do you have any particular recommendations (or ones to avoid)?

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    1. I’m very pleased that you liked TCtHT. The most accessible STW novel is Lolly Willowes, which your library is likely to have. Other than that, her novels are so individual, I’d hesitate to recommend one over another, since she is such a personal writer. I really like her Tales of Elfin (or is it Kingdom of Elfin?: short stories written late in life for The New Yorker about the Kingdom of Elfin, which is absolutely not the kind of faerieland one would expect. And her Collected Short Stories are also excellent.

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      1. Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately, Lolly Willowes is not one they have but I’ve requested a couple of other books and will see how I go.

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