The Orchid House (Virago Modern Classics)

The Orchid House (Virago Modern Classics) Phyllis Shand Allfrey
  • Title: The Orchid House (Virago Modern Classics)
  • Author: Phyllis Shand Allfrey
  • ISBN: 9781853813382
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Orchid House (Virago Modern Classics) Phyllis Shand Allfrey The Orchid House Virago Modern Classics The house was empty of men It was a house of women like the Maison Rose in the old days Madam had said to me that the girls would bring life to the place They had brought than that they had brought s
    The house was empty of men It was a house of women, like the Maison Rose in the old days Madam had said to me that the girls would bring life to the place They had brought than that they had brought sons and torment and love complications beyond the endurance of an old dark skinned Methodist like me Under the watchful gaze of their black nurse Lally, three whit The house was empty of men It was a house of women, like the Maison Rose in the old days Madam had said to me that the girls would bring life to the place They had brought than that they had brought sons and torment and love complications beyond the endurance of an old dark skinned Methodist like me Under the watchful gaze of their black nurse Lally, three white Creole girls grow up at Maison Rose on the Island of Dominica, with its glades of glittering live trees, flaring hibiscus and milky scented frangipani But this drowsy heat drenched lushness conceals decay, and the orchid house echoes with the strange whispered secrets of their enclosed world To survive, the girls must abandon their island of disease and beauty for the cold northern lands of England and America Lally watches as they leave, one by one, and waits for their return As return they must to their magic past, to the orchid house, and to the man whom all three sisters love.
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    1. It took me forever to read this book because I just couldn t get into it It kind of reminded me of Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness because of the Master figure in the house full of women There were a lot of interesting things going on with gender roles, as well as an interesting setting, but the book just didn t do it for me.

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    2. Three sisters, who have grown up on Dominica come back to their family to home one by one They are aware of the tragedy of their parents lives, and change the lives of those around them.

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    3. Disappointed in this book Not enough development for any of the characters and lots of unexplained details in the relationships of the main characters The book needed to be twice as long with substantially information to really make sense of the story.

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    4. Allfrey s novel still bothers me Maybe I am not reading closely enough, but I can t get a handle on the overarching plot conflict in Orchid House It feels like there is no overarching plot It just seems to be a collection of observations that Lally has about the household she works for The reader gets all these moments and hushed concerns, but nothing really truly pervades throughout the text.At the same time Allfrey seems to be a lazy author Rather than sticking to Lally s perspective and makin [...]

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    5. Phyllis Shand Allfey was born on the island of Domenica and this novel is said to have been based on her own early life Born into an elite white family she nevertheless saw herself as a West Indian, and was a socialist activist, journalist and Dominican politician She also wrote several collections of poetry and a collection of short stories.The story is largely narrated by Lally, the ageing Dominican nurse who supervised the growing up of three white, Creole sisters at Maison Rose with their mo [...]

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    6. Three daughters return to Dominica, 26 January 2015This review is from The Orchid House Paperback The story of a white Creole family in 1930s Dominica the Master is a broken man after World War I, reliant on his drug supplier, who has leeched most of the wealth out of the family Near neighbour, Andrew, is dying of tuberculosis.And then the three grown up daughters return separately to visit lovely Stella, bringing her little son from America Joan, with her child from England, eager to continue h [...]

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    7. this should be a nice holiday read it was ok the lush carribean atmosphere is well described and the returning prodigal daughters is an interesting theme but it was all a bit too airy fairy for me and lacked focus if you could combine the island stuff with jean rhys characters you would have a terrific novel , but i did get out the travel brochures well google actually to check on Dominica

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    8. A good subject, and somewhat racially aware than much literature in this setting, but still a bit painfully naiive in some matters It has lovely landscape descriptions but the main characters are fairly unlikeable and spoiled Good but not a classic.

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