Thrumpton Hall

Thrumpton Hall Miranda Seymour
  • Title: Thrumpton Hall
  • Author: Miranda Seymour
  • ISBN: 9780061466564
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Thrumpton Hall Miranda Seymour Thrumpton Hall A biography and family memoir by turns hilarious and heart wrenching Miranda Seymour s Thrumpton Hall is a riveting frequently shocking and ultimately unforgettable true story of the devastating co
    A biography and family memoir by turns hilarious and heart wrenching, Miranda Seymour s Thrumpton Hall is a riveting, frequently shocking, and ultimately unforgettable true story of the devastating consequences of obsessive desire and misplaced love Dear Thrumpton, how I miss you tonight When twenty one year old George Seymour wrote these words in 1944, the object of hiA biography and family memoir by turns hilarious and heart wrenching, Miranda Seymour s Thrumpton Hall is a riveting, frequently shocking, and ultimately unforgettable true story of the devastating consequences of obsessive desire and misplaced love Dear Thrumpton, how I miss you tonight When twenty one year old George Seymour wrote these words in 1944, the object of his affection was not a young woman but the beautiful country house in Nottinghamshire that he desired above all else Miranda Seymour would later be raised at Thrumpton Hall her upbringing far from idyllic, as life revolved around her father s odd capriciousness The house took priority over everything, even his family until the day when George Seymour, in his golden years, began dressing in black leather and riding powerful motorbikes around the countryside in the company of surprising friends.For fans of Downton Abbey the show s creator, Julian Fellowes, called it brilliant, original, and intensely readable Thrumpton Hall is a poignant and memorable true story of family.
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    1. Having read some good reviews, I was disappointed by this book I think the majority of people probably carry around a suitcase filled with carefully preserved childhood grievances which are periodically unfolded and held up for review, but they aren t the stuff of great reading for the rest of us The result of this author s catharsis is neither interesting nor enlightening her self indulgence made all the uncomfortable by the obvious distress of a mother who has attempted to maintain some sembl [...]

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    2. This moving book is unlike anything I ve ever read.The author writes of her family s English manor home and it s presence in the life her family The focus is on her father s obsessive love of the house and how this devotion effects his relationship with his family.I found the early parts of the book, which describe her parents aristocratic families and their bizarre interactions fascinating, but I was also taken later when the attention narrowed to her immediate family Often, when books shift li [...]

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    3. I didn t dislike this, I just didn t like it much It seemed unfinished at the end I don t know it started out pretty interesting and then about half way through either something happened to me or the story but I had a hard time getting through to the end.

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    4. This story about a man obsessed with a house is very sad Written by his daughter who he treated terribly it s a sad commentary about someone who wasted his life devoted to an estate.

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    5. The author was definitely working out some major daddy issues with this book, but to her credit, she knows it, and she comes down fairly hard on herself on all the ways that this memoir is uncomfortable for her mother and for the other people she involves in her quest to understand her father Well written and strangely magnetic I blitzed through this far quickly than I thought I would but the ending definitely felt like an editorial necessity than an actual conclusion.

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    6. What a waste of time.The author probably would have been in a better place if she had spent the time writing this book for some very much needed psychological counselling The further I got into this book the further it lost its objectivity Both towards the father and the writer It seems to me that out of all the characters in the book it is the writer that is the closest to main antagonist, the father The pointless bitterness and self righteousness of both the father and daughter, and their shar [...]

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    7. bookshelves autobiography, biography, architecture, england, family relationships, history, memoir, non fictionFinished reading In My Father s House elegy for an obsessive love by Miranda Seymour 22.03.2015ISBN 0743268679ISBN13 9780743268677Part history, part family saga, this book is about a man s obsessive love for Thrumpton Hall, an English country house near Nottingham Miranda Seymour s father, George Seymour rhymes with Lima , spent much of his childhood at Thrumpton, the home of his aunt a [...]

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    8. While suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawl I came across this book amidst general searching about country homes It s a fascinating story filled with interesting characters, not the least of which is the House always refered to with an upper case H Miranda s father, George, fell in love with Thrumpton when hs was a very young child and it dominated his life and thoughts to the very end While not in the direct line to inherit the house he does, finally, inherit it only to discover the terrible f [...]

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    9. This was an intriguing book not as the title suggests a book about obsessive romantic love, but rather a father s love for a house to the detriment of his immediate family He sounds a thoroughly self obsessed pain in the neck, although his daughter who has written the book seems no better Moral of story don t be a posh repressed male owner of a big house, you will only end up an ageing biker in leathers with a dubious fondness for young men I wish also that Miranda Seymour had bothered to give u [...]

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    10. From the NYTimes Book Review George s childhood was like something out of Kipling He was awakened in the morning by the housemaid, Sarah Death, and the footman, Percy Crush, shined his shoes His best friend was the butler, Shotbolt Lonely and abandoned, mostly ignored by his aunt and uncle, the little boy performed a heroic act of transference he fell in love with their house As he got older he even wrote letters to it Dear Thrumpton, how I miss you tonight, he wrote in 1944, when he was 21 This [...]

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    11. Memoirs are always interesting because they are the truth for a certain point of view as they say in Star Wars I chose this book because it sounded interesting although I knew nothing at all about the author or her ancestry It is a hard story to read because you can tell the family is a train wreck The love of house and lack of self worth on the part of the father leads to increasing amounts of pain for his family Although I realize that George Seymour cannot defend himself, he surely was an odd [...]

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    12. Kind of an odd book, but so was the author s father This is the true story about a man in love with a house Well, true escept that it is told from the daughter s perspective, even though she has input from his diaries and his wife He was not a nice man, but his love affair with the house appears to have resulted from a fairly unhappy childhood and repressed homosexuality both a common occurrence in the English generation of wannabee aristocrats before WWII The love affair with the house has been [...]

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    13. This book is all about a child, then an adult, who has spent her whole life seeking her father s approval and love It may appear as if she has it from time to time, but his selfishness always wins His ability to make her feel guilty or selfish for simply being herself is cruel and constricting Her shouts of FREE, FREE after his funeral is completely understood by me This isn t a book about a Manor house and its inhabitants it is about a man who had desires, who was brave enough to fulfill his ne [...]

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    14. This cropped up in one of Nick Hornby s reading diaries and sounded interesting Sawyer has written a memoir of her eccentric father, who acquires a country house through distant relations which is his obsession over his neglected wife children and then in his sixties takes to riding motorbikes, leathers and hanging around young men So I was pleased when I found a brand new hardback in a book sale Well its a fabulous story, what a funny life but oh dear Miranda Sawyer is not much of a writer Real [...]

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    15. George Seymour is in love with a estate where he was raised my his aunt and uncle named Thrumpton Hall Thrumpton is always first and foremost in his mind, and he will protect it at all costs over the whims and comforts of his friends and family George never really has a childhood, becomes a little adult and is frightened beyonsd belief when his parents go off to Bolivia in the early 1930 s Throughout his life George is fearful and cannot be alone His Thrumpton obsession drives him to do some unu [...]

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    16. I almost want to criticize this book for false advertising, but that would not be fair I should have paid attention to the subtitle than the picture on the cover On the surface, it seems to be about the last gasps of a great country house in Britain, but it is actually a slightly voyeuristic portrait of the author s peculiar father and his obsession with his family s house I wanted to read about the rooms, the corridors, the decay, the grandeur, the physicality of this marvelous structure inste [...]

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    17. Interesting and also a relatively quick read that gives a look into a mostly lost way of life in the UK that of the country squire and his great house But here were aspects of the memoir that left this middle class American reader at a loss How exactly does her father make money once he no longer has a job To make money off investments, one needs to start with something to invest An offhand mention of Lloyd s and asbestos is a major plot point that smacks of it s common knowledge but had me head [...]

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    18. A house or really a manor is the main character of this nonfiction book It s not quite a memoir because Seymour focuses on the impact this grand English country estate has had on her mother, father and herself her brother is or less absent from the book It s the tale of an ever needy mansion new roof, new heating system , a cash poor family that inherited this house, the snobbery of the English upper classes in the second half of the 20th century, an unhappy marriage, a closeted gay father, and [...]

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    19. okay, I cheated and skipped several chapters in this odd memoir s midsection so I could find out just what weirdness this author s father was afflicted with I was weary of all the beating around the bush It s not really much of a spoiler to reveal his affliction but those who may read this book may want to stop here For the others, the authers priggish snob of a dad had a thing for young men although it appeared to be fairly sexless 0dd guy, odd book, interesting to a point

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    20. Ugh so depressing I didn t mind Seymour s writing, but I somehow envisioned it to be of a story about an eccentric Englishman and his house not the tale of a painfully dysfuctional family Who needs to read that Don t we all have our own Regardless, I m itching to pay this place a visit on my next trip to jolly old England I m intrigued.

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    21. This has been a fascinating read on many levels The story of a complicated man and the struggle he fights for so many years to keep Thrumpton Hall in the family is one level the story of his strangely convoluted personality is another I couldn t stop reading it and immediately visited my friend down the street to loan her the book so we could talk about it together.

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    22. Have you ever been trapped by someone who is telling you all about their family and you have no interest whatsoever Or, perhaps they are showing you photos, too d you feel doubly trapped Where s the I hated this sucky book star

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    23. Seymour s memoir of her father centers by necessity around Thrumpton Hall, her father s obsession It took Miranda 10 years to gather research to come to terms with her love hate relationship with her dad The book also says a lot about Seymour s mother.

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    24. Well, Seymour is a very accomplished writer and I always enjoy reading about lives that are totally new to me However, I just couldn t get past the incredible disfunction of this sad, sad family A bummer of a book.

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    25. A daughter writes about her Father and his love of the home he inherited She feels the house fills his heart and there is no room for anyone It is a sad account of a family, who want to be happy but the Father is cruel and selfish.

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    26. I need some new shelves , as I have a hard time assigning stars to a book like this If it were in its own category memoirs about one s father s house , well, it d be 4 or 5 stars It took me about a month, but I read it and mostly, hmm, enjoyed is too strong of a word, appreciated it.

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    27. Ho hum The genealogical chart at the beginning should have been a clue

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    28. Ipsa distinctio laboriosam et impedit reprehenderit odio porro Blanditiis commodi ducimus quasi sapiente Voluptate sed harum Recusandae officia laborum.

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    29. This is a fascinating account of an aristocratic family and the father s obsession with Thrumpton Hall, an English stately home, as well as his very eccentric lifestyle Nonfiction.

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