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  • Hardcover
  • 416
  • The Matchmaker
  • Stella Gibbons
  • English
  • 19 July 2019
  • 9780856178542

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The Matchmaker Read à 4 Summary ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Stella Gibbons R unwilling subjects include an Italian POW a Communist field hand a battery chicken farmer and her intelligent friend Je. I have very mixed feelings about this book I think that Gibbons writes very realistic characters they re very flawed but all have likeable moments and I think she captures that complexity well She depicts the little cruelties that people are capable of intentional or otherwise and how we all mess ourselves and everyone else up a bit However they don t feel real it always felt like there was a screen between the reader and them I also found that I got really into the story every time I was reading it But I could only manage a certain uantity at a time and it left me with a very sour feeling Overall I didn t really like it

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The Matchmaker

The Matchmaker Read à 4 Summary ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Stella Gibbons Nsuited to a uiet life Alda attempts to orchestrate with varying degrees of success the love affairs of her neighbours He. This one didn t write exactly as expected As a later novel of Gibbons I can see a much descriptive writing style developing Although I enjoyed parts of this and was really able to visualize everything at times I felt myself wanting her to get to the point But this novel is really about life in the English countryside after the war It s about a group of people who I never felt I cared for 100% which made it seem like a really realistic way life and humans are This book may move too slowly for some readers and had I not known Gibbons style before I can see where some would have given up the novel entirely But I d say give it a chance It s going to build and perhaps may give you some pleasant surprises along the way

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The Matchmaker Read à 4 Summary ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Stella Gibbons Uprooted from war torn London Alda Lucie Brown and her three daughters start a new life at Pine Cottage in rural Sussex U. Originally published on my blog here in February 2003Stella Gibbons is overwhelmingly best known as the author of the hilarious Cold Comfort Farm so much so that I was surprised to discover the existence of another novel It was in a furniture shop one of a number of old second hand books used to make bookcase shelves look less bare the shop assistant offered it to me when I picked it up and started looking through itThere are many stories about how people endured hardship during the Second World War less well remembered as less glamorous is that life continued to be difficult for many people for some years following its end In Britain it was the first war accompanied by massive destruction at home for centuries since the Civil War in England or the Jacobean rising in Scotland Many families were bombed out and food rationing continued for years The Matchmaker published in 1949 is about one such family driven from a middle class existence to a poor cottage in the country and the people that they meet in the neighbourhoodThe father of the three girls is still in the army on duty in occupied Germany so the main focus is on their mother Alda She is the incorrigible matchmaker of the title continually trying to pair people up This isn t apparent until the second half of the novel up till then Gibbons is describing how Alda and the girls settle in and establishing the characters of those around them including the Italian prisoners of war working on the neighbouring farmNo one who reads this novel now as forgotten as the aspect of post War Britain it describes is likely to be unfamiliar with Cold Comfort Farm This makes it virtually impossible to read without constantly comparing the two There are obvious links both being about the English countryside portraying it without the sentimentality that pastoral themes often evoke Cold Comfort Farm is in part an attack on this tendency but at first there seem to be differences For a start The Matchmaker doesn t seem to be funny It is only towards the end when Alda is shown up as being so bad at fixing people up that the novel begins to amuse and even then the fun is tempered by the realisation of how much damage this sort of manipulation can do to people It isn t a parody but its publication date is close enough to the date at which it is set for it to reuire knowledge in the reader just as a parody does if it were a historical novel published now The Matchmaker would contain a great deal explanation It is a competent and enjoyable novel and yet it is easy to see that the spark of outrageous humour present in Cold Comfort Farm is missing that is why one novel has been remembered while the other is forgotten