NEW The Wedding Group Ð Elizabeth Taylor

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The Wedding Group review Ê 0 Cressy has grown up in a world of women presided over by her artistic eccentric grandfather Rebe. Taylor s tenth novel opens with 17 year old Cressida Cressy MacPhail s return from convent school to uayne the family compound a back to the earth Catholic artist community founded by her overbearing grandfather Harry The Master Bretton a once acclaimed painter Cressy challenged the rules at school she was an indifferent student and a bad influence on the other girls and the administrators had simply had enough of her Now Cressy is at loose ends She s not at all interested in the work at the artist colony weaving cooking harvesting which is mostly done by the women her grandmother mother and aunts She knows she is expected to marry probably one of her grandfather s young prot g s and move into one of the buildings on the property to begin her own uiet domestic life However Cressy wants all that the members of the community spurn TV Wimpy s fast food and cheaply manufactured dresses that will fall apart so that she can enjoy buying One morning at breakfast with her parents she causes a rumpus by declaring that she has lost her faith Soon she is working in town as a salesgirl at an antiue shop Instrumental in her final break from uayne is David Little a journalistfeature writer who has recently produced a piece on the artist colony for a newspaper colour supplement David misidentified a girl in one of the photos that accompanied the article and Cressy has written him a haughty letter riddled with spelling errors to set him straight It was not she who was photographed with one of the farm animals but her cousin Petronella What s Cressy tells him she s not 15 but 17 and she is not uneducated I know French for a start All of this David reports with some amusement to his mother Midge with whom he lives Midge s entire life revolves around her son but she artfully ensures that the apron strings are invisible to his eyes This isn t that hard to do because David is oblivious The workings of his own mind are hidden from himPerhaps not surprisingly this is Taylor after all Cressy and the much older David marry The union is of course a disaster David has been coddled and catered to by his mother and Cressy whose life has been even sheltered is na ve and entirely ill euipped for the real world She certainly cannot manage the running of a household and is easily controlled and manipulated by her mother in law who does everything in her power to maintain the David and Cressy s dependency Midge is a brilliant creation another of Taylor s souls of kindness who is actually driven by shadowy self centredness In fact all three of Taylor s main characters in this novel are very limited in self knowledgeI was slightly disappointed with the novel s ambiguous ending However it s clear enough that Midge s leech like ualities prevail No one really learns anything and no one grows The characters just become and themselves I know some people say this isn t Taylor s best but I found it to be an engrossing and psychologically astute work of literary fiction

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The Wedding Group review Ê 0 Lling against the wholesome values of home she leaves takes a job and meets David a self satisfi. The Wedding Group first published in 1968 is Elizabeth Taylor s twelfth novel and by no means her best It has been reported in various reviews to be rather enjoyable regardless so I went to it with open eyes not expecting the brilliance of Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont and Angel but fully thinking that I d be captivated regardlessThe short of it is that I wasn t It is a very ordered novel particularly with regard to its character introductions and its measured descriptions but it never reached the heights which I was expecting The writing was strong but there was very little here by way of plot and if I d started my reading of Taylor s work with this novel I don t think I would have been too keen to continue One of my least favourites and rather disappointing to boot

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The Wedding Group review Ê 0 Ed journalist tied to his mother's apron strings Their mutual need for escape binds them togethe. Elizabeth Taylor s tenth novel first published in 1968 is not among her best and yet I enjoyed it enormously and I think there is plenty in it that is still interesting The novel centres on Cressy a young girl who has been brought up in an odd communal family a sort of religiousartistic community presided over by her grandfather Harry Bretton Like several of the characters in this novel Cressy is somewhat isolated she wants to escape her family Time always went slowly for Cressy now that her school days were over She had come home from the convent to nothing To be part of a busy useful self sufficing community her mother had said She would be expected to marry Whom Perhaps one of young men who come to work in the studio with her grandfather They would live pennilessly in one of the out buildings restored and take their place at the long dining table She visualised it with the greatest ease In order to make her escape Cressy finds a job and a small flat at an antiue shop in the nearby village Here she lives on things on toast and meets David a local journalist who is several years older than Cressy David s mother Midge long separated from her much older husband relies on David s presence in her life while he is thoroughly tied to her apron strings David s father lives in his own self imposed isolation in London caring for his eccentric aunt until her death he spends his time cleaning the silver Midge likes the way things are and doesn t much care for it to change As David and Cressy begin to grow closer Midge takes Cressy under her wing and yet is unprepared for the inevitable engagement When David is away from home Midge is terrified she is lonely afraid of burglars and works to manipulate these new changes to suit herself She urges David and Cressy to live in a small broken down cottage terribly overgrown that has the advantage of being isolated from everyone else but is very close to her Cressy is unprepared for grown up responsible living she becomes and reliant upon Midge who is happy to help David is eually unprepared for the responsibilities of marriage he had rather unceremoniously finished a relationship with a rather acerbic woman closer to his own age in order to marry Cressy who he often thinks of as rather a child As with so many Elizabeth Taylor novels marriage and loneliness figure strongly the writing is good although maybe not uite as good as in some of Taylor s earlier novels and I didn t think the peripheral characters were as strongly explored as in many other novels I was interested to note how Murdochian this novel felt in parts especially the beginning The artisticreligious community headed up by a rather elusive patriarch a complex family living at close uarters A few eccentric characters particularly David s father and his Aunt two characters are even writing books there is almost always someone writing a book in Murdoch Having read 25 and a half of Iris Murdoch s 26 novels I was pleased to note these little things


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    Elizabeth Taylor ð 0 download free read Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ð Elizabeth Taylor NEW The Wedding Group Ð Elizabeth Taylor No matter how much I enjoy Elizabeth Taylor's story a plot I always see she was a brilliant novelistThe strongest aspect of this one were characters They were completely thoughtful and real So much that I almost could have touched them I even want to read it again to savor them and concentrate on understanding themI would also like to know where she took inspirations from

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    NEW The Wedding Group Ð Elizabeth Taylor The “other” Elizabeth Taylor never wrote the same novel twice Here a naive young woman reared in a communal

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    review The Wedding Group free read Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ð Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth Taylor ð 0 download Cressie is in her late teens and living with her extended family in a religious community The family grow their own food dress in homespun clothing and have little to do with the outside world Cressie is rebelling against this and longs to experience life outside with it's television and Whimpy Bars David is grown up but still lives with his mother Her husband left them years ago so he feels he must stay with her or she would be

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    NEW The Wedding Group Ð Elizabeth Taylor This is an interesting story of young adults and the families that encompass their lives It was published in 1968 but it has a timeless atmosphere which makes it easy to imagine taking place in any time period The main male character David comes from a family traditional on the surface but that has also experienced divorce and displacement Still living at home David ignores much of the extreme manipulation by his mother Cressid

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  • Hardcover
  • 240
  • The Wedding Group
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • English
  • 01 June 2020
  • 9780860685517