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The Long View
The Long View: Picador Classic | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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With an introduction by Hilary Mantel. One of his secret pleasures was the loading of social dice against himself. He did not seem for one moment to consider the efforts made by kind or sensitive people to even things up: or if such notions ever occurred to him, he would have observed them with detached amusement, and reloaded more dice. In 1950s London, Antonia Fleming faces the prospect of a life lived alone. Her children are now adults; her husband Conrad, a domineering and emotionally complex man, is a stranger. As Antonia looks towards her future, the novel steadily moves backwards in time, tracing Antonia's relationship with Conrad to its beginning in the 1920s, through years of mistake and motherhood, dreams and war. Originally published in 1956, The Long View is Elizabeth Jane Howard's uncannily authentic portrait of one marriage and one woman. Observant and heartbreaking, written with exhilarating wit, it is a gut-wrenching account of the birth and death of a relationship - as extraordinary as it is timeless.
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Karons1
The Long View: Picador Classic | Elizabeth Jane Howard
Mehso-so

some of Conrad‘s personality traits are copied from him (in my opinion) apart from ejhs own father loved women and was a serial charmer . Where as Conrad Fleming treats all women and People in general as mere objects which bore him. This book is classed as her masterpiece but I personally prefer her later works odd girlout and of course the stunning cazaletchronicles however I‘m committed to reading all of her works and will try after julius next

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Karons1
The Long View: Picador Classic | Elizabeth Jane Howard
Mehso-so

of the older generation. Now after reading her memoir slipstream I think mr & Mrs Fleming were based on her own parents, apart from Mrs Fleming being less Frigid as her real mother as the fling with Thompson in mariselle , France was some of the best writing. Ejh was abused by her own father and some of Conrad‘s personality traits are copied from him (in my opinion) apart from ejhs own father loved women and was a serial charmer . Where as

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Karons1
The Long View: Picador Classic | Elizabeth Jane Howard
Mehso-so

debated whether to give this 3 or 4 stars ⭐️ because as ever EJH‘s writing is wonderful , but I decided on 3 because I just found it so depressing ! First published in 1956 it‘s a story of a break down of a marriage on reverse , it wasn‘t This I found depressing even though Conrad Fleming was a complete chauvinistic pig! It was the way older man so readily and easily prayed on young women and how young women weren‘t taken seriously by either sexes

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Karons1
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Now onto my may bingo reads starting with the long view im a huge fan of Elizabeth Jane Howard so let‘s see…….
#maybingo
#spin #doublespin
#mayreads
#tbrlist
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#bookmail
Dear Barbara, is this from you? 😊🥰 @BarbaraBB

LeahBergen I loved this book! ❤️ 1y
BarbaraBB It is! Happy veryyyyyyy belated birthday ❤️❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts I loved this book too .. & my Bookclub loved it ( they are a tough crowd to get past 😂) oh lucky you Jessie! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Great to know, I look forward to read it! @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I remember stacking it after your review, Cathy. And yeah, so lucky & grateful to have known many lovely, generous book friends here. 💕💕 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you very much Barbara! ❤️ Feels like my birthday has been extended 😄. @BarbaraBB 1y
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Cathythoughts
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I want to go back & start this book again , as it is told backwards. I want to see all the details I missed, or would more deeply understand now. Antonia , the story of her life so far. We only hear her name for the first time midway .. there is a mystery & haunting feel to this story , an intimate telling. The writing is brilliant & beautiful.. descriptive to the point of awakening all the senses ❤️

TrishB Lovely review Cathy ❤️ 1y
squirrelbrain Sounds wonderful! 1y
LeahBergen I immediately wanted to read it again, too! It‘s brilliant. 💖 1y
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KatieB I just saw another great review of this book too. Sold! 1y
BarbaraBB I want up read this too! 1y
MaureenMc With a review like that ... *stacked* 😁 (edited) 1y
batsy I can't wait to read this! So many books... Lovely review, Cathy. 1y
Cathythoughts @TrishB Thanks Trish 😘 1y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Sooo good ! It was my recommendation for our Bookclub this month ... I‘ll be interested to hear what the ladies think 👍🏻 1y
Cathythoughts @KatieB It‘s really good 👍🏻 1y
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB 👍🏻👍🏻❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts @MaureenMc Thanks 😊 I hope you enjoy whenever you may get there , look forward to your thoughts X 1y
Cathythoughts @batsy Thanks! Yes !!! Sooooo many books 📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚 and on it goes 😁 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Sold on your lovely review! 👍 1y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks! I imagine you would like this one Jessie 👍🏻❤️ 1y
Karons1 @Cathythoughts im a huge fan of EJH and Iv just started this as my may book bingo pick ; it‘s been on my shelve for yonks and I have the exact same 80s copy as yours , only thing is it‘s missing the intro by Hilary mantel which is a shame 3mo
Cathythoughts @Karons1 I hope you love it ! It‘s a lovely copy 👍🏻😁 3mo
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Cathythoughts
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I‘m reading this one for the last few days .. it can seem a bit like hard work at times ... but when I step back from it , it seems quite brilliant. Antonia‘s story , looking back through her life , The Long View

Tamra That cover is calling me...... 1y
Cathythoughts @Tamra it‘s a lovely cover 💫 I‘m just over half way .. it‘s for IRL Bookclub... I read & really liked The Cazalet Chronicles ( Book 1 The Light Years ) but this is a denser read ... v good too 1y
LeahBergen I loved this one and what you say is so true; when I put it down I‘d find myself thinking about it. 1y
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Cathythoughts
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Having a glass of Australian wine , made locally by @CarolynM ... dark , deep & velvety. Two years fermenting , my husband & I are having a glass! Divine.
Just starting tagged book with this fine glass of red ... ( only the Waterford crystal would do ✨🍷

Mitch A fitting vessel for such a unique vintage 😋 2y
LeahBergen How lovely! 🍷 And The Long View is amazing. It‘s a bit of a slow burn at first but stick with it. ❤️❤️ 2y
Tove_Reads Hold on! Be right there 😂 2y
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Cathythoughts @Mitch it is !! ❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks! It‘s gorgeous wine. I‘m loving the book already ... 👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts @Tove_Reads Hurry up !! We‘ll keep you some 👍🏻🍷 2y
BarbaraBB That wine! How cool! I didn‘t know you did that @CarolynM ! Do you sell commercially? And Cathy, I am looking forward to your review. I‘ve been eyeing this book. 2y
Tanisha_A How sweet! 🍷 2y
TrishB Oh that‘s brilliant 💜🍷 2y
Ruthiella Nice! 🍷😀 2y
JennyM That is so awesome! 2y
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A Yes ! ❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB wine is lovely & book is lovely too 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB Isn‘t it just 😁 2y
Cathythoughts @JennyM It really is ❤️🍷 2y
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella very nice 🍷 2y
Kalalalatja That is amazing! 🙌 2y
AceOnRoam Yum 2y
CarolynM ☺️ So glad you enjoyed the wine (I've been feeling very nervous that you'd got a bad bottle, or one like one we tried to open only to find the cork was in so tightly trying to get it out broke the neck of the bottle😳) I'll have to send you another vintage one day😘 @BarbaraBB A local-ish winery runs a program for people to make wine with their grapes under their supervision. We do it with a group of friends. It's a lot of fun😀 2y
Cathythoughts @CarolynM We loved it ( polished off the bottle last night ) there was depth to it & it was perfectly delicious. Thanks so much 😘🍷 Red wine is our favorite drink to have 😁 2y
batsy How lovely is this ❤️ The wine sounds fabulous 🍷 2y
Cathythoughts @batsy Yes, this is pretty lovely! Delicious wine 🍷😁 2y
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LeahBergen
The Long View: Picador Classic | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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My current buddy read with @shawnmooney and it‘s starting out wonderfully well!

catebutler Love her books!! 2y
CarolynM I've always meant to read more of her books. I loved 2y
LeahBergen @catebutler This is my first and I‘m loving the writing. 😊 2y
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LeahBergen @CarolynM I‘ll check that one out. I have The Light Years waiting for me on my shelves as I‘ve always thought I‘d enjoy The Cazalet Chronicles. Have you read any of those? (edited) 2y
CarolynM I've got that one too, but, no, never read them (see previous comment 😂) 2y
quietjenn I‘m so curious! I‘ve never read her either, but trust your taste 🧐 2y
LeahBergen @CarolynM 😂😂 Yes, I should‘ve taken your comment more literally. Duh! 2y
LeahBergen @quietjenn The writing is marvellous so far! 2y
Cathythoughts I‘ve ordered The Cazelet Chronicles. This one sounds good ..... 👍🏻❤️ I‘ve never read her either. Stacked 2y
rubyslippersreads I loved The Light Years and need to finish The Cazalet Chronicles. This one looks good too. Will await reviews from you and @shawnmooney 😊 2y
BookNAround I loved The Cazalet Chronicles when I read them years ago. 2y
andrew61 That looks really good leah, i want to crack on with cazalet after recently starting the series. I think she is an interesting character and I heard a r4 play a while ago about her involvement in the Cheltenham book festival. I think there is a memoir so may try and find it as well. 2y
Reviewsbylola That is gorgeous. Stacking! 2y
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola And it‘s actually blowing my doors off. So good! 2y
Karons1 @LeahBergen @andrew61 Elizabeth Jane Howard is a fav of mine , her memoir slipstream is wonderful but you must must read the cazalet chronicles first as then you‘ll see a lot of that wonderful wonderful series is based on her real life . They‘ve recently been republished with new lovely covers that all connect to a picture of a train . These wonderful books got me through our first covid lockdown wonderful ! (edited) 3mo
LeahBergen @Karons1 I think this is my year for The Cazalet Chronicles. I‘ve been saving them! 😆 3mo
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Verity
The Long View: Picador Classic | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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EJH has such a way with words. I loved the Cazalets because of it and I'm optimistic about The Long View because of gems like this!

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Verity
The Long View: Picador Classic | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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A bit of Elizabeth Jane Howard to start the week - I haven't read any of her books except the Cazalets before either.

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