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The House at Riverton

Posted by Quintal on April 27, 2008, at 14:42:33

I've just finished reading "The House at Riverton" by Kate Morton. That I managed to finish 600 pages in just over a week is a testiment to just how readble it is, what with my Lamictal-induced dyslexia. It's narrated by 98 year-old Grace. As death approaches she finds herself drifting back to the days of her youth, spent as a housemaid to a manor house during the 1920s. I suppose the book appealed to me because it reminds me of my grandmother's memoirs as a young orphan sent into service as housemaid to a local aristocratic family. Life seems so incredibly harsh compared to what we're used to today. I sometimes wonder if I'd have survived had I been born in those times.

The book is easy to read and fast-paced throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although Kate Saunders' "Night Shall Overtake Us" is an unsurpassable account of this era, "The House at Riverton" comes a close second.





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