In a few short pages,” writes Francine Prose in her Introduction, “May Sinclair succeeds in rendering the oppressive weight and strength. This short book charts the life of Harriett Frean, from birth to death. She is born into a well to do Victorian tradesman’s family in a London suburb. Life and Death of Harriett Frean: English literature: The literature of World War I and the interwar period: Olivier: A Life () and Life and Death of Harriett.

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I didn’t necessarily “really like this book”, but it did strike me and I found myself impatient to get back to it whenever I put it down, so it’s 4 stars. Jan 23, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it it was amazing. So whatever you do, embrace it, deal with the consequences and make your best to be happy.

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May Sinclair was also a significant critic, in the a Librarian Note: Oct 30, Mrsgaskell rated harristt really liked it Shelves: While Sinclair’s female characters aren’t as much fun as Agatha Christie’s unapologetic, spunky Tuppence, they’re still so important in a feminist context.

There’s just so much material. This is crucial because we can’t forget that the majority of the women of this time suffered in silence. My problem with this is harristt such a thing is foolish and dramatic for no reason.


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But for some reason while everyone is busting a nut about Joyce she goes undiscussed. This short novel concerns the life of Harriet Frena, a woman of the late nineteenth century.

But I suppose this is what it means to be American, to snub one’s nose at these types of traditions. This action makes Harriett feel morally superior and gives her great pleasure; that is, until her actions are called into question later in life by a younger friend, and Harriett starts to realise that perhaps her life has not been one of beautiful self sacrifice after all, but instead a catalogue of wasted opportunities and a lack of courage.

It achieved more with its brevity than other novels with plenty pages, it was low-keyed yet left me with real emotions. There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

Email required Address never made public. I mentioned it the other day as being a good companion to Stones in a Landslide — in terms of whole-lives-in-short-books — so, completely coincidentally, you have the opportunity of noting similarities!

And yet, there is no hell like this one. It is, in its own quiet and understated way, one of the most disturbing novels I have ever read. Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles needing additional references from December All articles needing additional references Articles with LibriVox links All stub articles.

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Needless o say, Harriet behaves beautifully and retains her view of herself. Reading this tale I couldn’t help but write in my mind the parallel life of Harriett if she had made a different decision and am not sure if her life would have been happier, only different. This is a very sad, empty sort of book of a very sad, empty sort of life.


Characters come without introduction and then slip away again.

Life and Death of Harriett Frean by May Sinclair

I liked Harriet the child more than Harriet the adult, but I wouldn’t if that wouldn’t be true for the vast majority of human beings if I could know them all in both states. Reflective of the privileged “nothing lives” of women who had no choice or voice in a previous era, it is just as effective today, albeit for different reasons; for at that time, it was a still life of a woman; today, it is the most horror-laden of cautionary tales.

Papa was the Pussycat and she was the little mouse in her hole under the bed-clothes.

However, instead of improving the lives of those affected, she only succeeds in making herself and the other involved parties miserable. Jet Eliot January 5, at 3: Lists with This Book. It does, however enable the reader to see how Harriet supresses her own feelings and desires.