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by Elizabeth Jenkins

Free eBook Tortoise and the Hare (Portway Reprints) download ISBN: 085594577X
Author: Elizabeth Jenkins
Publisher: C.Chivers (August 24, 1971)
Language: English
Pages: 252
Category: Imaginative Literature
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Rating: 4.9
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My only other experience of Elizabeth Jenkins was in the novel Harriet – published by Persephone books.

My only other experience of Elizabeth Jenkins was in the novel Harriet – published by Persephone books. She surveys a room as if she were perched on the mantelpiece: an The Tortoise and the Hare was Elizabeth Jenkin’s sixth novel, one which was described to me recently as a forgotten masterpiece. I have had a copy for a while so I absolutely had to read it right away. My only other experience of Elizabeth Jenkins was in the novel Harriet – published by Persephone books.

Elizabeth Jenkins, Hilary Mantel. In affairs of the heart the race is not necessarily won by the swift or the fair. Imogen, the beautiful and much younger wife of distinguished barrister Evelyn Gresham, is facing the greatest challenge of her married life. Their neighbour Blanche Silcox, competent, middle-aged and ungainly - the very opposite of Imogen - seems to be vying for Evelyn's attention. And to Imogen's increasing disbelief, she may be succeeding. A subtle and beautiful book. Very few authors combine her acute psychological insight with her grace and style. She surveys a room as if she were perched on the mantelpiece: an unruffled owl of Minerva, a recording angel. Hilary Mantel compares Jenkins to Austen, and also to Sybille Bedford and Rebecca West, possibly, but this novel is certainly very Elizabeth Taylor, acutely observed, quietly devastating and absolutely brilliant.

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Elizabeth Jenkins was possibly better known as a writer of biography (Jane . However, all this flows from one of the pleasures of the book – that it is pin-sharp in its description of a place, a class and a time.

Elizabeth Jenkins was possibly better known as a writer of biography (Jane Austen, Lad. She wrote about half a dozen novels of which The Tortoise and the Hare is the best remembered, having been kept pretty well constantly in print by Virago Classics since the 1980s. It is a novel that I read and re-read and find something new in it each time.

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Items related to The Tortoise and the Hare. Jenkins, Elizabeth The Tortoise and the Hare. ISBN 13: 9781844084944. The Tortoise and the Hare. Elizabeth Jenkins, the distinguished biographer (of Jane Austen, Lady Caroline Lamb and Elizabeth I), historian and novelist, lives in Hampstead, London; she was awarded the OBE in 1981.

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Elizabeth Jenkins (author). Other novels include Robert and Helen (1944) and The Tortoise and the Hare (1954)

Elizabeth Jenkins (author). Margaret Elizabeth Jenkins OBE (31 October 1905 – 5 September 2010) was an English novelist and biographer of Jane Austen, Henry Fielding, Lady Caroline Lamb, Joseph Lister and Elizabeth I. Contents. Other novels include Robert and Helen (1944) and The Tortoise and the Hare (1954)

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How does this book not have more reviews? I found it through the 2010 PBS summer reading list and it was absolutely enchanting. I couldn't put it down. As a short description, I'd say it's like a 1950's version of a Jane Austen novel - uppercrust English society, beautiful prose, absorbing conversations, and descriptions of the English countryside. The images and scenes of the book stay with you long after you've put it down. Aside from that, it's also a moving story about a troubled marriage, and the gender roles of the mid-1950's that made men and women much more unalike than need be.
I'm not sure how to feel about this book. On the one hand, the author's amazing descriptions, the depth of her characterizations, her ability to draw us into her world, were absorbing. On the other hand, I don't think I've read a book that left me feeling more unsettled than this one did. The lack of resolution, the deliberate failure to tie everything up in a neat little bow, was frustrating, yet the ending was perfect for the book and the situation. This book took me far from where I expected to end up, but the journey was never less than amazing. I can't wait to find more by Elizabeth Jenkins.
A bit of a period piece, I was furious with Imogene and not charmed by her husband - not much appealing about their child either! That left Blanche who was a boring opportunist. Sometimes humor would break through and the descriptions of the houses and the countryside were quite wonderful.
This is an absolute winner! If there is such a thing as a perfect book The Tortoise and the Hare would have to come under that heading.
A story of a domestic situation that goes awry in the most improbable way.
Every page fills one with anticipation of the next and as Hilary Mantel, who writes the introduction, ( another of my very favourite British writers) says "who will put on the page a beautiful sentence, a sentence you will want to read twice". I found myself doing this many times throughout the book; such is the beauty of the prose.
There is nothing about this book that can in any way be seen in a negative sense. The characters are full, the story line, although common enough with the straying husband, is compelling and the exquisite descriptions of place are quite incredible.
Elizabeth Jenkins was quite prolific in both biographical and fictitious writing and as this is the first I have read I will be hunting down anything with her name on it.
Jenkins was a close friend of Elizabeth Bowen and although there is some similarity in their writing I feel Jenkins has the superior skill.
Highly recommended. This is a book that you will be sorry to finish and will never forget.
Wonderful book set in post WWII Britain, where the roles of women were so constrained. Beautiful writing and interesting characters.
This is a beautiful edition of one of my favorite novels. I love the fabric cover, but maybe even better is the introduction by Hillary Mantel. Great buy -- highly recommended!
A beautifully observed, surprising novel.
I tried to take into consideration that this book was originally published in 1954 and so the world and women were completely different especially concerning gender roles.
But this book though slow moving -and I didn't mind that - was strange and pathetic especially with the women characters.
Every step Blanche took to inching into their lives -Imogene did nothing.
She didn't fight back -she didn't try to keep Evelyn she allows it to happen.

And then when it finally did come to a show down -all she can do is yell "how dare you" a couple of times and that's it.

And the whole thing with Gavin -what a snot nosed little brat. He should have been spanked.

The only redeeming thing about the story was her friends Cecil, Hunter, Paul and of course the adorable Tim.
Her relationship with Tim - her surrogate son -made up for much.
Evelyn was a thoroughly unlikeable character who seemed very self absorbed who needs a woman like Blanche to whip him into shape.
And god forbid Imogene keeps the plates the way she wants them -so silly.
But overall Imogene seemed like a fragile woman who let life trample over her.