Dec 06, 2022
Sisters By a River
Posted by Barbara Comyns Barbara Trapido

↠ Sisters By a River ☆ Barbara Comyns Barbara Trapido, Sisters By a River, Barbara Comyns Barbara Trapido, Sisters By a River On the banks of the River Avon six sisters are born The seasons come and go the girls take their lessons under the ash tree and always there is the sound of water swirling through the weir Then unexpectedly an air of decay descends upon the house ivy grows unchecked over the windows angry shouts split the summer air the milk sours in the larder and their father tOn the ba ↠ Sisters By a River ☆ Barbara Comyns Barbara Trapido - Sisters By a River, Sisters By a River On the banks of the River Avon six sisters are born The seasons come and go the girls take their lessons under the ash tree and always there is the sound of water swirling through the weir Then un

  • Title: Sisters By a River
  • Author: Barbara Comyns Barbara Trapido
  • ISBN: 9780860684756
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Paperback
↠ Sisters By a River ☆ Barbara Comyns Barbara Trapido, Sisters By a River, Barbara Comyns Barbara Trapido, Sisters By a River On the banks of the River Avon six sisters are born The seasons come and go the girls take their lessons under the ash tree and always there is the sound of water swirling through the weir Then unexpectedly an air of decay descends upon the house ivy grows unchecked over the windows angry shouts split the summer air the milk sours in the larder and their father tOn the ba

↠ Sisters By a River ☆ Barbara Comyns Barbara Trapido - Sisters By a River, Sisters By a River On the banks of the River Avon six sisters are born The seasons come and go the girls take their lessons under the ash tree and always there is the sound of water swirling through the weir Then un

Paul

4.5 starsThis is the third novel I have read by Comyns and this one is autobiographical covering her early years It describes life in her family home, a run down and crumbling manor house, on the banks of the Avon in Warwickshire, with her parents and five siblings I read a little about Comyns life and the description of how she made ends meet before she began writing endeared her to me Comyns generated money by breeding poodles, renovating pianos, dealing in antiques and classic cars and drawin [...]


Rod

I m not sure whether this should be classified as a novel, a memoir, a collection of essays, or a combination of all the above Most likely the latter Centering around the author s childhood on the banks of the River Avon in the early part of the 20th Century among a large, affluent yet debt ridden family, the book is a series of short essay like sketches that are alternately horrifying and humorous, tender and brutal We are introduced to Barbara and her four sisters, two younger, two older There [...]


Emily

Have you read this insane and wonderful book My friend Normandy gave it to me last night and I had to prevent myself from staying up til 4 in the morning to finish it It s about being the neglected and strange child of a pre WW2 vaguely aristocratic British family I guess imagine Nancy Mitford with the quirkiness and sadism and childish hyperfocus lens turned up about 500% I would especially recommend this book to my friend Sadie Stein for some reason Sample sentence Mummy had always looked and [...]


Larou

Barbary Comyns is a very unusual writer, both regarding her life and her writings She married early and unhappily, worked in a variety of jobs, some of them rather unusual, not to say bizarre breeding poodles and kind of slipped into a writing career when she was persuaded to try to publish the stories about her early life she had been writing down for her children She had a hard time finding a publisher for that novel, but finally succeeded and it was released as Sisters by a River in 1947.As f [...]


Beth Bonini

I am a sucker for stories about large dysfunctional families, particularly if they are of the English eccentric type This strange tale fiction posing as memoir and supposedly written by the author for her children with no eye to publication has many Mitford ish elements lots of sisters, a father who roars, lots of animals and an idyllic Cotswold setting There is also that same sense of smug Victorian prosperity the large family, the servants and governesses, the elaborate picnics and tennis part [...]


Ape

I am still loving the Barbara Comyns experience, second book in Apparently this is an autobiographical tale but whether you read it as that or just plain fiction, it is marvellous either way If you do consider it as Comyns upbringing, you can certainly spot elements of The Vet s Daughter the isolated, lonesome teenager, love of animals, disastrous marriage of the parents, the deaf, domestic abuse, even a reference to going to London and expecting it all to be marbled streets, and then being shoc [...]


Kirsty

I decided to reread this in October, as I did not remember a great deal of it I read it at around the same time as Our Spoons Came From Woolworths and The Vet s Daughter, and it has evidently paled in comparison somewhat A striking child s voice is used here from the position of retrospect, and the structure takes a jumble of both separate and interconnected memories as its focal point As is often the case with unreliable narrators in fiction, some of the peripheral characters came to life than [...]


Sylvester

Very odd I don t quite get the point of it It s not a true story, but some things are true It was written for the author s children, but it s too adult for children It s entertaining in it s weirdness, but tiring in it s lack of plot or perceivable point So A mash up of many odd things I haven t quite decided what I think of it.


Mary

A quirky read.Barbara recounts her bitter sweet childhood.Dark, chilling which shifts to humour.The seasons come and go, the water swirls down the river, the ivy grows over the Windows.Debts rise and the family home is sold dispersing the sisters among their relatives.


Chiffchaff Birdy

This has turned into a binge read of Barbara Comyns for me and this one didn t disappoint A very engaging memoir style story narrated from the point of view of the middle ish daughter of a large family growing up in a wealthy environment that abruptly comes to an end.I found that a lot of the themes monkeys, parrots, moustaches, chest hair etc evident in her other books are here, which makes sense given that these seemed to be peculiarities of her family upbringing and this was her first novel I [...]


Avril Caryer

And I thought I had a bad childhood Written with wit and humour.


J.

First attempt at writing for Barbara Comyns, a kind of experimental first step, for a young writer still wondering if she was even capable of doing so Even so, it s far from the usual coming of age material, and manages to get inside the misconceptions of childhood without too much in the way of studied affect or reconsideration We are introduced to the family and its environs at the moment of infant Barbara s birth, so we re already in non documentary circumstances, somewhere in the wilds of Wa [...]


The Literary Chick

Barbara Comyns is a Shirley Jacksonish treasure Think Life Among The Savages Only darker Much darker Sweet, twisted Sherwood Anderson type apples.


Carol

This slight novel was a dreamily told reminiscence of a vague, haphazard, and neglectful childhood at a British country manor during the early part of the 20th century I believe it is based on the actual experiences of the author The book takes the form of a series of first person vignettes that form a hazy narrative of a country childhood The narrator and her four sisters grow up benignly neglected by their parents, receiving perfunctory guidance and spotty education from a series of governesse [...]


Hilary

Memories of an abusive childhood told through the eyes of a child I would have enjoyed this book if the childhood had had some happier moments I personally found the lighthearted way it was told, often with humour not comfortable when reading about domestic violence and child abuse but I see that this was the authors way of telling us this life seemed perfectly normal to the child I also felt the purposely mispelt words were not needed to tell us that a child was speaking I also felt as this wa [...]


Myfanwy

I absolutely love Barbara Comyns No one can compare This book is one of my favorites of those of hers I ve read She is all horror and beauty, picking a wound over and over again to marvel at the beauty of the fresh blood Read her Read her Read her.


Danielle

Beautiful book Very simple, tender, dreamy and endearing Descriptions of all the little things that matter to the author and make her surroundings You really enter this time and place with each short chapter so lovely


Katrina

This book is an anjoyable light read and autobiographical, telling of the sort of upper middle class English upbringing which Comyns had It s all very similar to the Mitford sisters, amusing and crazy.


Rebecca

Very dreamlike and strange but all the interesting for it It seems very reminiscent of Nancy Mitford and, to a lesser extent, Dodie Smith s I Capture the Castle This book is like a darker, quirky view on that world.


Tyler

An incantatory daymare of a book, pitched somewhere between Bruno Schulz and Linda Manz in Days of Heaven Potential alternate title These Are the Children Who Squashed the Rabbits.


Lesley

A wonderfully unique read You can watch my review here youtu bK075QWPCkA


Carla

Another wonderful and strange book from Barbara Comyns I m working my way through all of her books,with delight.


Jade

Nice idea but the cutesy childlike narration and spelling mistakes is just too unconvincing How many children can spell claustrophobia before they can spell blossom


Liz

This was very good Very, very similar to Who was changed and who was dead, which gets extra points for actually having a plot Sometimes I felt like Sisters was a bit too meandering, but I am the generous queen, so it still gets 5 stars.I still feel like my fave Comyns is Our Spoons came from Woolworths is that bc it was the first one I d read, so encountering her weird style for the first time made the biggest impression on me It s also the book that s easiest for me to relate to on a personal l [...]


Charles Dee Mitchell

Barbara Comyns Sisters by a River has this in common with J.R.R Tolkien s The Hobbit Both Comyns and Tolkien wrote their stories to read to their children, neither initially had an eye toward publication I can image the Tolkien children delighting to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the lot, but I wonder what the Comyns young ones made of this passage from a chapter titled God in the Billiard Room.There was a funny light in the billiard room, and I wasn t really surprised when one hot Sunday [...]


Maria Longley

I am so grateful for the kind soul who recommended this novel We see life from the point of view of a small girl in a ramshackle house and family The spelling, and the matter of fact way of telling the events, help create an astonishing atmosphere where the craziness is almost accepted as normal by us which it was for the family and the humour and horror juxtapose and seep through Parts of this were first published in a serial form in a magazine before anyone would publish this novel It is a co [...]


Jessica

This came out of nowhere for me Absolutely loved this little read Sisters by a River isn t really a novel with a linear narrative structure like I was expecting I would probably describe this as a collection of vignettes, or snapshots, into the lives of this curious family From what I understand, this novel is semi autobiographical The narrative voice we hear throughout the book is from one of five sisters She is named Barbara, the same as our author, although we don t actually find out her nam [...]


Shelley Day Sclater

This is a remarkable little book not much of a storyline, but you get to spend some crackpot times with five the 6th never gets a mention off the wall sisters, their strange detached mother who feels to the reader like she s floating away all the time, their melancholy violent whisky drinking father, and their belligerent terminally disappointed grandmother Oh, and there s various maids and governesses that come and go in less than cordial circumstances The family is barely functional and is con [...]


Cass -Words on Paper

This new edition publication date is 4th July I m particularly interested in this one since it s a coming of age classic 1947 and it seems suited to my tastes On the banks of the River Avon, five sisters are born The seasons come and go, the girls take their lessons under the ash tree, and always there is the sound of water swirling through the weir Then, unexpectedly, an air of decay descends upon the house ivy grows unchecked over the windows, angry shouts split the summer air, the milk sours [...]


Sally

Lovely book that can only be described as the literary form of naive art Comyns recounts episodes from her childhood brought up in a genteel if debt laden family It put me in mind of Nancy Mitford s accounts of her own familyIrascible Daddy, vague, deaf Mammy and six children, who for want of outside company spend much time together.Comyns writes in a unique childlike style, with eccentric spelling and an antipathy to semicolons so that her phrases run into each other.Far from being a sentimenta [...]



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