The Innocents #2019

The Innocents Margery Sharp The Innocents Margery Sharp s most poignant novel set during World War II and filled with her trademark wit and warmth tells the story of the powerful bond forged between a British spinster and the unusual little

  • Title: The Innocents
  • Author: Margery Sharp
  • ISBN: 9780316782975
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Innocents Margery Sharp Margery Sharp s most poignant novel, set during World War II and filled with her trademark wit and warmth, tells the story of the powerful bond forged between a British spinster and the unusual little girl left in her care As the threat of war looms, Cecilia and Rab Guthrie leave their young daughter, Antoinette, with a spinster friend in East Anglia, England, so they canMargery Sharp s most poignant novel, set during World War II and filled with her trademark wit and warmth, tells the story of the powerful bond forged between a British spinster and the unusual little girl left in her care As the threat of war looms, Cecilia and Rab Guthrie leave their young daughter, Antoinette, with a spinster friend in East Anglia, England, so they can enjoy a holiday on the continent Three year old Antoinette doesn t speak, is inordinately clumsy, and must always be spoken to in quiet tones or else she becomes frightened Then the outbreak of World War II forces Antoinette s parents to return to America without their daughter As the years pass, a relationship grows between the unmarried, childless woman and her innocent charge Slowly Antoinette begins to change, becoming less frightened and delighting in objects and words, as does her foster mother But when the war is over, Cecilia comes to collect her daughter and take her away from the only person who has every really understood her An insightful, unsentimental novel about the challenges of raising a mentally challenged child in 1940s England, The Innocents sweeps readers along to its shocking conclusion.
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    1. I have loved many of Margery Sharp s books for many different reasons and, though I could argue with myself for a long time over the question, I think that if I had to pick just one favourite, one book to take with me to a desert island, it would be The Innocents.I read it twice and each time I didn t write about it, because I wasn t sure that I could find the words to do it justice And now I ve read it for a third time, and I know that I must start to write, because this book is so special and [...]

    2. In this old fashioned but engaging story, a middle aged English woman takes temporary charge of a small child for American friends who are on their way to the Continent When World War II breaks out, they must return home without their daughter, who is what used to be called an innocent The narrator devotes herself to the child, but when the mother finally returns to claim her daughter, things get sticky, and in the end, the reader is left with the question of who are the real innocents of the ti [...]

    3. Antoinette is an innocent , a retarded child, left with an older woman in a small English town after her parents are forced back to New York at the beginning of World War II She does not speak but slowly says a very few words as she develops a closeness with her foster mother After the war her mother arrives, to what she calls, collect the child She has never understood her daughter to be retarded and in her social whirl, does not have time to consider it, believing that she can make necessary c [...]

    4. As the grandfather of a special needs child, I look at novels with special needs kids in them with both appreciation and a critical eye.In this quiet but somehow nerve wracking novel, Margery Sharp handles this issue deftly, and relieves the tension at the end in a particularly understated, eccentric way The protagonist of this novel is a no nonsense single woman living in a small village in East Anglia, where everyone knows everyone else, and where there is a tradition of accepting differences. [...]

    5. Warm hearted novel about a spinster raising a challenged child in England during WW2 Love how she accepts the child for who she is and builds on that This is in sharp contrast to the mother who has delusions about the child.

    6. The story is narrated by an ageing spinster who lives happily in a small village in East Anglia She has lived her whole life in this village, which has a wonderfully relaxed and tolerant attitude to their neighbours Our narrator introduces us to Cecilia the village beauty who for a long time seemed to have little time for the men who mooned after her, but who suddenly up and married a visiting Scottish millionaire, who now lived in America.Just before the outbreak of the Second World War Cecilia [...]

    7. Wow Another brilliant novel by Margery and what an ending She made it fairly obvious early on what the ending would be but not how that ending would come about.I highly recommend this book.

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