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|Read Pdf ì The Willow Cabin è He Came Over To The Chair, Pulled Her Out Of It And Stood Holding Her Hands If I Were Really Grown Up Now, I Should Say Good Bye To You And Walk Out Of Your Life And Yet I Cannot Bear To Go Caroline Is Twenty Two, Gamine And Vociferous, Neither Daunted Nor Impressed By The Prospect Of A Promising Stage Career Then She Meets Michael Knowles, A Successful Middle Aged Surgeon, And Her Career Slips Into Second Place Beside Brief Meetings, Midnight Trysts And The Welcome Anonymity Of Foreign Cities, As They Seek To Evade The Shadow Of Mercedes, Michael S Estranged Wife London Of The S Gives Way To The Blitz And The Pain Of Separation, But The Intensity Of Wartime Does Nothing To Deflect Caroline S Obsession With The Three Cornered Relationship In America, Some Years Later, She Meets Mercedes For The First Time Discovering An Unexpected Bond With Her, Caroline Begins To Comprehend Her Own Misinterpretation Of The Past When I searched for the source of the title of Pamela Frankau s 1949 novel, it was lovely to remember how lovely it was, and to realise that it suited the book that I had just read quite beautifully. Make me a willow cabin at your gate, And call upon my soul within the house Write loyal cantons of contemned love, And sing them loud even in the dead of night Halloo your name to the reverberate hills, And make the babbling gossip of the air Cry out Olivia O, you should not rest Between the elements of air and earth, But you should pity meFrom Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare This the story of Caroline Seward, a young actress who had just had her first taste of success on the stage Wonderful possibilities opened up for her, but she didn t take them Because she had fallen in love with Michael Knowles, a successful, middle aged doctor and she built her life around him.He loved her. He came over to the chair, pulled her out of it and stood holding her hands If I were really grown up now, I should say good bye to you and walk out of your life And yet I cannot bear to go But Michael was married He and his wife were estranged, and he made it clear from the start that that there could be no divorce Caroline accepts the situation, she lives for the moment, but it casts a shadow over their relationship How could it not When war came, and Michael was called up, Caroline signed up for military service so that she would be as close to him as she could be But Michael did not survive the was Caroline, grieved for him, but it was only when she finally met her lover s estranged wife that she fully understood and could come to terms with everything that had happened.You could call this a love story, and of course it is a love story, but it is so muchthat those simple words suggest.It is the story of a young woman who changes, and whose understanding grows And it is the story of her relationships With theatre friends and colleagues, who appreciate her talent, who want to work with her, but are often infuriated by her With Michael s friends and family, who were also friends and family of his estranged with With her best friend, who was practical, sensible, and just the friend she needed.Every character, every relationship is carefully and beautifully drawn, with rich detail and understanding that gives the story wonderful depth and power Period detail, and a lovely writing style, made it very readable So many different scenes played out so very well the story lived and breathed.Michael was an elusive character, and I m inclined to think that Pamela Frankau was much better at women that men Certainly it s the women Caroline Michael s estranged wife, Mercedes Caroline s best friend Joan Michael s sister, Dorothy who make the story sing.Caroline was not the most likeable heroine She was often heedless to the consequences of her actions, and insensitive to the feelings and concerns of others But she was utterly believable, and I found that I felt for her, even when I was shocked or disappointed by her actions.Her story and its telling might seem a little dated now, but it is so well done that itthan repays slow and careful reading And now I m very interested to find out who I might meet in Pamela Frankau s other novels Make me a willow cabin at your gate,And call upon my soul within the house Write loyal cantons of contemned love,And sing them loud even in the dead of night Halloo your name to the reverberate hills,And make the babbling gossip of the airCry out Olivia O, you should not restBetween the elements of air and earth,But you should pity me Twelfth Night William Shakespeare I saw a madcap production of Twelfth Night just recently, and yet in the midst of the madcap nature of the production those beautiful words rang out, and reminded me of a book I had waiting Fleur in her world had sent me this lovely copy of The Willow Cabin last Christmas as part of the Librarything secret Santa Virago gift exchange It s not often I get book hangover usually no matter how wonderful a book or how terrible, I find myself able to move on fairly happily to the next book The Willow Cabin may turn out to be one of my favourite Viragoes ever and I think affected my enjoyment quite adversely, of the two books I read just after it I also find it particularly hard sometimes to write about a book I loved as much as I did The Willow Cabin it s almost as if I have a strange mixture of too much to say and not quite enough I know I can t adequately describe the true wonder of this novel, but Frankau s characters, are beautifully explored, the women particularly, her London of the 1930 s and 40 s becoming fabulously real The final section of the novel entitled Time Harvested, I found exceptionally poignant Frankau builds a picture slowly of the lives of these people, as the final pieces of the puzzle are slotted together at the end of the novel, the lives of these people are revealed entirely and the reader only then understands these exceptionally drawn characters He came over to the chair, pulled her out of it and stood holding her hands If I were really grown up now, I should say good bye to you and walk out of your life And yet I cannot bear to go And Oh Caroline, I would give my soul to be twenty two again, d you see The novel opens in 1936 Caroline Seward is a twenty two year old actress whose talent shows great promise Living in London with her mother and prosperous step father the spoilers of the fun as she calls them Caroline is ripe for escape At an after show party Catherine meets Michael Knowle a surgeon in his late thirties, married, though estranged from his wife, and almost instantly Michael becomes the entire focus of her life Caroline leaves home, moving to a small hotel, and embarks on a relationship with Michael who is unable to get a divorce that will last years Caroline loves Michael completely Michael is Caroline s whole world Deliberately allowing her career to take a back seat to her relationship, Caroline s other friends and colleagues are frustrated at this throwing away of her talent, especially Dennis Brookfield who is a friend of Michael and his wife Mercedes and loves Caroline himself Mercedes, living in France throws a shadow over Caroline s happiness Caroline silently calls her names, and is forever trying to understand the motivations of this woman she has never met Mercedes as much of an obsession for Caroline at times as the man she loves.In the years before the war, Caroline and Michael slip into an easy rhythm of life, Caroline residing in the hotel, living for the next brief meeting with Michael, half heartedly taking a few small theatrical roles The couple have to content themselves with carefully orchestrated midnight meetings at Michael s London home, and the anonymity of foreign places, as Michael himself continues his brilliant work at the hospital Their relationship appears almost legitimised on a trip to America, meeting with some friends of Michael and Mercedes Knowle who instantly understand how matters stand between Michael and Caroline Later Caroline meets Dorothy, Michael s sister, who hadn t got along with Mercedes, but who likes Caroline However, always in the background is Mercedes, and then war comes War brings the pain of separation, as Michael is stationed abroad, and Caroline in the A.T.S lives only to hear from him War brings change and upheaval for many people, including Caroline Now she saw that the look of Michael stopped short below the temples the woman had large dark eyes, a short nose and a small chin For a moment her expression did not change the whole face seemed stony and vigilant Then she smiled In 1948 Caroline travels to America again, this time as a successful actress on tour with a play nearing the end of its long run Still needing answers, Caroline decides to meet with Mercedes Knowle, the woman who had so obsessed her years earlier At the home of Lee Adams whom Caroline had met before the war with Michael, she finally encounters Mercedes, and discovers an unexpected bond with her, and begins to understand her own misinterpretations of the past. This book is a really good read.