- Title: The Houses In Between
- Author: Howard Spring
- ISBN: 9781842323472
- Page: 131
- Format: Hardcover
In this book we follow the life of Sarah Rainborough from age 3 in 1851 to the end of her life in 1948 In the opening chapter Sarah is taken to Britain s Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace where she catches a glimpse of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Throughout the novel Spring gives his readers the opportunity to share Sarah s perspective on English history whichIn this book we follow the life of Sarah Rainborough from age 3 in 1851 to the end of her life in 1948 In the opening chapter Sarah is taken to Britain s Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace where she catches a glimpse of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Throughout the novel Spring gives his readers the opportunity to share Sarah s perspective on English history which for Sarah from age 3 on is somehow magically, metaphorically, reflected on the glass windows of the Crystal Palace As a matter of fact, we learn in the author s foreword that the title of this book comes from an old music hall song with the words, You could see the Crystal Palace if it wasn t for the houses in between.
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This is the fourth Howard Spring book I've read so far (feels like more than that since they're so chunky) and it's my favorite. Basically, the novel follows the life of Sarah from age 3 on her visit to the Crystal Palace with her parents to see the Queen, to her death at age 99, the last living of her generation. But it's so much more. Lives are not lived in a vacuum, and Sarah's life intertwines with many and varied people over some major global events (Queen Victoria's complete reign, The In [...]
I enjoyed this book so much. At first I wasn't convinced a male author could write through the eyes of a female but I think Howard Spring really did an excellent job, a female author may have made the book more romantic maybe. This book has everything, including enough deaths to give Les Mis a run for its money. I didn't read the prologue until after I had finished the book and I'm glad for that as it didn't ruin the ending for me. It was a very sad day for me when I did complete the book, I was [...]
I'm enjoying this novel, which I stumbled upon at the bottom of a bag full of rejected "antique" books. I thought I'd give it a chance and I'm glad I did. Fitting comfortably into the Bildungsroman (coming-of-age) genre, this is an engaging, often unexpectedly funny, glimpse into the life of a young, upper class, girl in Victorian England. So far we've had comedy, romance, tragedy, adventure, and action. This is an intriguing, intimate look at a historic period during which societies, convention [...]
I discovered this book in my college library stacks at the end of my freshman year finals in 1965, when I was ready to read something for pleasure instead of studies. I fell in love with it, and have re-read it at least four or five times since then. it may be dated as others on have said, but it paints an incredible picture of Victorian life and all the lessons learned in a well-lived life. Very nostalgic, sometimes sad, but also uplifting. It's definitely worth reading!
Howard Spring was a terrific writer whose novels were invariably very readable and absorbing. This was a very enjoyable read --a nostalgic experience, for I first discovered this novel many years ago, in the mid to late 1950s I think, and it was good to find that it is still as readable as it was then.
This is the first book I've read by Howard Spring, but it will not be the last. I enjoy historical fiction, particularly family sagas, and this fits right in with that. The synopsis others have given is well-enough, but I would add that if you're a fan of Galsworthy, R.F. Delderfield, or Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, you will enjoy this book. The voice of the main character, Sarah Undridge, from age 3 to 97, covering the last half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th, is so 'right', so believ [...]
A very informative and interesting book. History is brought alive through the story of a girl from her infancy to old age.Her growth and changes in history parallel each other as the story unfolds.
This is a wonderful family saga based on a woman's life spanning the second half of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century, and set in London and Cornwall. The title comes from a music hall song which Spring remembered mentioning the Crystal Palace (though the lyrics as recorded mention other non-visible sites, but not the Crystal Palace). This symbol of peace and progress which was the protagonists's earliest memory is a recurring motif as the century darkens.Some of the cha [...]
It is so many years since I read all that Howard Spring wrote that I really must now find time to go back and re-read the rest of them. Such a good storyteller.
A rather rambling story of a woman's life from the Great Exhibition to just after WWII. Many linked stories, some very interesting, some not. Quite dated now, not one of his best, but readable - very evocative descriptive passages here and there.
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