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  1. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    Little old lady tries, at last, to make her own life after a lifetime of looking after other people s interests and especially her children One wonders exactly how much looking after does the Vicereine of India do when she doesn t even hang up her own clothes or make a cup of tea She is once described as arranging flowers though onerous duties indeed So here we have a deluded, very wealthy old bat who buys a house in Hampstead and has only one servant in order that she may fulfil her chil Little old lady tries, at last, to make her own life after a lifetime of looking after other people s interests and especially her children One wonders exactly how much looking after does the Vicereine of India do when she doesn t even hang up her own clothes or make a cup of tea She is once described as arranging flowers though onerous duties indeed So here we have a deluded, very wealthy old bat who buys a house in Hampstead and has only one servant in order that she may fulfil her childhood ambition of being an artist, although she s never even produced a drawing and never will She is courted by a very wealthy old man who once fell in love with her when she was arranging flowers who pops off leaving her his priceless collection of gewgaws instead of the museums and art galleries who are panting for such marvelous freebies to own for themselves.So what does she do, well she gives away all the money and art collections not because she is a charitable and civic minded old lady near the end of her life, who doesn t need funds anyway, no, she does it because she is a real bitch, no matter how softly spoken, so she can dispossess her rapacious children.Eventually, persuaded by the maid and her lawyer, she does feel guilty about doing such a thing, but there you go, the wages of sin and all that Eventually she pops off too and that s that.Good read, well written, set in a time and by an author who could not imagine anything much outside her realm of extreme privilege and where poor was only being able to afford a tiny house in a very posh area with only one servant Thus was the lack of imagination of the entire entitled Bloomsbury Set Rewritten 19 Feb 2017


  2. Kelly Kelly says:

    Geoffrey Scott, one of the many people who fell in love with Vita Sackville West over the course of her life, said that there was an indefinable something about her writing that raised above what it otherwise might have been Although he turned out to be a little crazy that s a whole other story , I can t help but think that he was right about that I certainly felt that way about All Passion Spent.Many people are not able to resist the powerful temptation to compare this work to Mrs Dallowa Geoffrey Scott, one of the many people who fell in love with Vita Sackville West over the course of her life, said that there was an indefinable something about her writing that raised above what it otherwise might have been Although he turned out to be a little crazy that s a whole other story , I can t help but think that he was right about that I certainly felt that way about All Passion Spent.Many people are not able to resist the powerful temptation to compare this work to Mrs Dalloway It is understandable both books are about an older upper class women looking back over her life, and the two authors had a love affair that began about the time Mrs Dalloway was published, and essentially ended about the time Passion came out the plots and themes of the two books even make for a really fitting metaphor about their relationship and the different conclusions that can come out of looking back and taking stock I was tempted by that road myself.But as the story went on, I really decided it would be a huge disservice to simply dismiss it as a lesser Dalloway It isn t a lesser anything, and Sackville West isn t indebted to anyone or anything but her own experiences for the story on the page The closest I can come to defining the appeal of Vita s writing or what I ve read of it so far is that it speaks to me in a voice I can easily understand, a voice I feel I ve heard inside my own head, describing my own feelings but without ever descending to the middle brow commonplaces found in so much domestic focused literature Put it better, she says things how I would like to have said them at the time observing obvious things it took me years to figure out how to articulate Her truths may be easily recognized, but they are also very poetic One of my favorite passages describes the main character, Lady Slane, driving through India with her Viceroy husband, who is describing to her the various social problems she is to address with the ladies she s about to meet While he s doing this, she is watching some butterflies outside the window and thinking instead aboutmoving into a cloud of butterflies which were her own irreverent, irrelevant thoughts, darting and dancing, but altering the pace of the progresion not by one tittle never brushing the carriage with their wings flickering always and evading sometimes rushing on ahead, but returning again to tease and to show off, having an independent and lovely lifeuntil she is recalled to her undoubtedly important duties by her husband and has to leave her ephermeral world behind It s touching to read this knowing that Vita must have been writing this partially to her husband Harold, who worked for the Foreign Office perhaps an explanation as to why she could never simply follow him around the world going to tea with other diplomats wives He eventually quit the diplomatic service for her, actually Had he stayed, this could have been her future she was always afraid of any part of her life swallowing her up, especially her marriage This is the book where she tells you why.Lady Slane is in her late eighties Her husband has just died, her children are elderly themselves, and there are scores of grandchildren and great grandchildren Lord Slane was a greatly respected public figure, she was considered the perfect wife She never really got a story of her own, having married so young when her husband dies, her children try to go on making decisions for her, and she suddenly informs them, essentially, that she is not the person that they ve taken her for their entire lives No, thank you, she is going to live out her last years exactly as she pleases, and she is going to arrange it entirely for herself.They took her for dumb, you see, because she was so often silent, so subservient to their father s every whim Silly Mother, they said, can t handle anything very real As Lady Slane herself thinks many times throughout the story, no one ever asked her what she thought, or thought that she might have an entirely different self on the inside than the one she was obliged to present to the world There s a wonderful passage about the house she acquires to live in, speaking of the need for privacy in order to maintain any part of one s self in a world that wants to take so much from youit was a very private thing, a house, private with a privacy irrespective of bolts and bars And if this superstition seemed irrational, one might reply that man himself was but a collection of atoms, even as a house was but a collection of bricks, yet man laid claim to a soul, to a spirit, to a power of recording and perception I really loved VSW s excellent treatment of the idea that people have many selves, many of which are private, some of which are easily misunderstood when only partially seen in the real world, or mistakenly slipped out in conversation For instance I adored the character of Edith, the youngest daughter of the family She is given the first chapter, and we see how perceptive she is, what a delightful perspective she has on life However, she can only get things out of her mouth sideways, voicing thoughts out loud without the accompanying train of thought that got her there so she s only seen as rude, stupid, or unfeeling It s a fascinating and a terribly sad idea that it is two worlds meeting that were never meant to is what gets you in trouble that s the only way to keep it intact Lady Slane also expresses this idea beautifully She s talking about the idea that love or relationships are indeed worthwhile and often make up for individual expression, and yetWho was she, the I that had loved And Henry, who and what was he Hidden away under the symbol of their coporeality, both in him and in her, doubtless lurked something which was themselves, but that self was hard to get at obscured by the too familiar trappings of voice, name, appearance, occupation, circumstance, even the fleeting perception of self became blunted or confused And there were many selves Do you see what I mean about taking a fairly basic truth and making it seem fresh again and yet, not hiding it behind any real tricks or disguising it behind images She says what she means, but with such a keen observation that it becomesthan every day I mean, what a wonderful thought the above is It might boil down to what we ve all heard about loving yourself first before loving anyone else, but there s somethingthere that indefinable something This is without a doubt a feminist novel an argument for the voices and lives of women being allowed to matter, not being expected to give way to men But I think it s also a general argument for anyone being allowed to make their own choice not the choice dictated to them by the thousand little circumstances of class, gender, family, which parties one attended It isn t just Lady Slane who has made compromises, been affected by her life we see her recluse possible other life love and the choices he made, her landlord, her agent.By the by, speaking of other people It really is a novel populated by great characters Edith, Genoux the maid, oh, ps, if you don t speak French there are many lines of untranslated French spoken by this character you can get by without it, but just so you know , the agent, her sons, her horrid daughter Carrie they re all recognizable and living in some way I will say here that one of the things that might bother some people about the novel is its concentration on rich, white lady problems Vita herself brings that up when Lady Slane hears Genoux s story, for the first time in the sixty years she s been with the woman she never asked In 1930, it was hard not to be conscious that there were much bigger problems with the world I kind of almost wish she hadn t brought it up, though Which sounds awful, but she only brings it up at the very end, and you can tell that it s in sort of a guilty way, like someone had just said to her, I wish I had had these problems and she felt bad I wish she had either brought it up much earlier to weave it into her tale or left it out entirely so we could journey with Lady Slane and not worry that we really should be reading someone else s story I don t know That bothered me.It is a regretful novel to a certain extent, and perhaps even a novel that could be taken to be making an argument for a withdrawl from life Lady Slane does spend an awful lot of time regretting the time and self that other people took from her over the course of her life, with not much acknowledgement of the fact that she s lived what many other people would consider to be a very full life in many respects VSW s answer to that is thisand she thought, if only I were young once , I would stand for all that was calm and contemplative, opposed to the active, the scheming the striving the false yes, the false, she exclaimed and then trying to correct herself, she wondered whether this were not merely a negative creed, a negation of life, perhaps even a confession of insufficient vitality and came to the conclusion that it was not so for in contemplation and also in the pursuit of the one chosen avocation which she had had to renounce she could pierce a to a happier life than her children who reckoned things by their results and activities I also struggle with whether I think this is merely a negative creed, and how much one could miss out on following these ideas but honestly I think VSW struggled with this herself As she wrote this book she herself was falling in love again and embarking on yet another ill advised torrid affair striving, active, needing, desiring What is worthDifficult to say.But either way, this novel is about a woman who ultimately does get the chance to come back to herself before the end, which she does in a splendid and engaging fashion I don t know about you, but I think that is a triumphant, hopeful ending.Look, I m not saying this novel is genius or anything, it certainly has its problems, the magic is certainly quieter than the great novels of this era, and I ll even admit that there s a certain amount of read this at the right time in my opinion of it But it is a novel will speak to many people for many different reasons, and for that, it deserves to bewidely read than it is now


  3. Rowena Rowena says:

    She wondered which wounds went deeper the jagged wounds of reality, or the profound invisible bruises of the imagination Vita Sackville West, All Passion SpentI loved this book, one of the best novels I ve read so far this year Former Vicereine, Lady Deborah Slane, is not your typical protagonist She is 88 years old and is recently widowed after a marriage of 70 years Lady Slane decides to live the independent life she had always dreamed of, much to the chagrin of her snobby children S She wondered which wounds went deeper the jagged wounds of reality, or the profound invisible bruises of the imagination Vita Sackville West, All Passion SpentI loved this book, one of the best novels I ve read so far this year Former Vicereine, Lady Deborah Slane, is not your typical protagonist She is 88 years old and is recently widowed after a marriage of 70 years Lady Slane decides to live the independent life she had always dreamed of, much to the chagrin of her snobby children She moves to a small cottage far from her children and thinks back on her youth, marriage, life as a political hostess, and motherhood.Despite all the wealth and opulence in her life, her children and her dutiful husband, Lady Slane s life hadn t truly been happy Her musings show that the things society often says are good for women may not actually be so in reality, and that many women often have to hide their true desires, and have had their youthful desires dashed or pushed to the side Youth is full of hopes reaching out, youth will burn the river and set all the belfries of the world ringing there is not only love to be considered, there are also such things as fame and achievement and genius which might be in one s heart, knocking against one s ribs, who knows The language in this book was so beautiful and philosophical I probably have very little in common with Lady Slane, being from a different ethnicity, era, and class yet I was able to put myself in her shoes It was quite the experience.It was a contemplative novel and there was a lot of wisdom in the pages Nothing earns respect so quickly as letting your fellows see that you are a match for them Other methods may earn you respect in the long run, but fir a short cut there is nothing like setting a high valuation on yourself and forcing others to accept it Modesty, moderation, consideration, nicety no good they don t pay This was a good book to read on International Women s Day Because of its content, it made me dwell on what it must feel like for a woman having to sacrifice her dreams for a husband and motherhood Perhaps not so common in the West nowadays, but in many other parts of the world this is still the case Women getting forced into a certain role when perhaps they aren t ready, or they are interested in pursuing a different path is tragic.Recommended to fans of Elizabeth Von Armin


  4. Lynne King Lynne King says:

    Update 23 May 2020The DVD with Wendy Hiller was absolutely, absolutely excellent I loved it so much that I watched it three times.The attention to detail was remarkable and the DVDor less stayed with the book, apart from the omission of Charles, one of the sons But then he was such a boring, characterless individual anyway, so it as just as well.I just cannot say how impressed I was with Wendy Hiller She was stunning Considering that she was seventy five when she played Lady Slane , Update 23 May 2020The DVD with Wendy Hiller was absolutely, absolutely excellent I loved it so much that I watched it three times.The attention to detail was remarkable and the DVDor less stayed with the book, apart from the omission of Charles, one of the sons But then he was such a boring, characterless individual anyway, so it as just as well.I just cannot say how impressed I was with Wendy Hiller She was stunning Considering that she was seventy five when she played Lady Slane , who was eigthty eight in the book The way she moved, her dress sense, the way she tentatively touched Mr Fitz George s shoulder, a man who had loved her for around sixty years, just moved me so much The life in India and then back to England, beautifully portrayed The togetherness between the acting of this couple was superb and I just didn t want the film to end It is so rare in this thoroughly unpredictable life of ours to find such sheer beauty in a work of art All of the cast were splendid and the French maid, Genoux, I especially adored Her final statement in this work of art was extraordinary.In all, I normally love a bookthan a film but it is not the case here I guess, I was just so carried away that I accidentally ordered two copies of this DVD Such is life in this magnificent universe of ours even though we have a great problem with Covid 19 Still being touched by the hand of grace will ensure that all will be well.I think that the BBC productions are remarkable And finally, thank you Vita Sackville West for giving me such pleasure Through my love of browsing I serendipitously came across a DVD with Wendy Hiller today and immediately purchased it I did so love this book and hope that the film comes up to my expectations I was so taken with this book that I found it quite impossible to write a review on it.But all I can say is that it is wonderful and so evocative of the time Vita Sackville West has always fascinated me Ever since I read The Letters of Vita Sackville West to Virginia Woolf, I have been intrigued by her personality She was indeed quite unusual for the period in which she lived Plus Virginia Woolf s own Letters comprising six volumes cover her friendship with Vita Sackville West.I went to her gardens in Sissinghurst, Kent many years ago There was one section in the gardens where all the flowers were white I ve never forgotten that


  5. Quo Quo says:

    Vita Sackville West s All Passion Spent is a deftly written novel that seems extremely expressive of both a way of life now long gone, as well as of an older woman wistfully looking back at her life with a complex mixture of joy sorrow There are passages that are quite captivating, akin in a way to Virginia Woolf, with whom Ms Sackville West shared both an association via the Bloomsbury group though not as a primary figure and an intimate relationship The author may be better known for he Vita Sackville West s All Passion Spent is a deftly written novel that seems extremely expressive of both a way of life now long gone, as well as of an older woman wistfully looking back at her life with a complex mixture of joy sorrow There are passages that are quite captivating, akin in a way to Virginia Woolf, with whom Ms Sackville West shared both an association via the Bloomsbury group though not as a primary figure and an intimate relationship The author may be better known for her work with the gardens at Sissinghurst in Kent, a ruined castle she worked to restore for her bond with Virginia Woolf but All Passion Spent is an exceptional novel.We read of a life lived at the upper end of British Society when the Raj was still firing on all of its cylinders and when the main character served as Vicerine, the wife of the Viceroy of India, the colonial crown jewel, with her husband Henry Holland, First Earl of Slane, serving as Viceroy In fact, everything we hear about Lady Slane is referenced in terms of her husband, who has just died at 94 but who is detailed as someone who had a brilliant university career, a seat in parliament at a young age, a man of humor, suavity, courteous, charm, great common sense all of which no one could deny However, he was also a hedonist, a humanist, a philosopher, sportsman, scholar someone born with a truly adult mind Apparently, Lord Slane somehow always managed to see both sides of an issue, certainly a rare quality in any age Oh, let s not forget that he also served for a time as Prime Minister of Great Britain But just where does being a widow to all of that leave Lady Slane We are told that her 6 children the spouses of the ones who are married have not taken Lady Slane as anything except an incompetent appendage to her late husband, as we infer may also have been the case with her now deceased spouse However, she listened well by almost always remaining silent, Lady Slane, although inarticulate, never made a foolish remark There is however Lady Slane s daughter Edith, someone who has never left home who seems to go against the grain of her siblings also her brother Kay , who seems rather aloof from the rest of the family from life itself, or so it seems The beauty of this book lies in the way it details a transformation of the widow, who in her late 80s begins to chart a path of her own, deciding to go off to live in Hampstead, rather than spend periods of time with each of her children, for we are told that Lord Slane was not a wealthy man has not left sufficient funds for his widow to retain the lifestyle she was accustomed to.At this point in her life, Lady Slane doesn t fancy spending time with anyone under 70 isn t very keen on her children either, with the possible exception of Edith, who has cared for her as she aged Kay After the move to a Hampstead estate she has long fancied which has not been tended very well by an eccentric older man who proudly declares that he is both the agent for the owner of the place, Lady Slane reminisces about the day when she passed from being a carefree girl to being the wife of a man who was moving to the sphere when where people marry, beget bear children, bring them up, give orders to servants, pay income tax, understand about dividends other tasks, who was now proposing to her What was a poor girl to do when a man of great means considerable potential invites her to be his bride But now, 70 years later for the first time since her marriage, there was nothing else to do except lie back against death examine life She saw herself as a young girl beside the lake She wore the flounced feminine muslins of 1860 Her hair was ringleted one ringlet fell softly against her neck, with all the appearance of an engraving from some sentimental keepsake Yes, that was she, Deborah Lee, not Deborah Holland, not Deborah Slane The old woman closed her eyes, the better to hold the vision The old woman beheld the whole of adolescence, as one would catch a petal in the act of unfolding dewy, wavering, virginal, eager, blown by generous but shy impulses, as timid as a doe peeping between the tree trunks, as light footed as a dance waiting in the wings, as soft scented as a damask rose yes that was youth, hesitant as one on an unknown threshold, yet ready to run her breast against a spear.The old woman looked closer she saw the tender flesh, the fragile curves, the deep glistening eyes, the untried mouth, the ringless hands and tried to catch some tone of her voice but the girl remained silent, walking as though behind a wall of glass She was alone The meditative solitude was a part of her very essence Whatever else might be in her head, it was certainly not love Lady Slane was in the fortunate position of seeing into the heart of the girl who had been herself Her thoughts were of nothing less than escape disguise a changed name, a travestied sex freedom in some foreign city schemes on a par with a boy about to run away to sea Deborah, in short, at the age of 17, had determined to become a painter.However, it seems that the idea of becoming an artist was merely an idle thought, a conceptual alternative to the life she lived, for never had she picked up a brush or considered a palate of colors Sackville West tells the reader that Lady Slane had been thwarted as an artist but I don t take this in a literal sense Rather, that self was hard to get at and there were many selves Thus, after 70 years of marriage, the erstwhile Deborah Lee launches a belated search for her identity, becomes contradictory to her children seems to want merely to simplify her life She gives away the family jewels without much thought in fleeing to Hampstead, seeks a kind of solitude, while at the same time reaching out to the elderly master of the property, Mr Bucktrout, to a well regarded general contractor, Gosheron, who helps her to refurbish her rooms at the estate in turn is sought out by a man named FitzGeorge, a fellow of similar age who met Lady Slane briefly in India has retained an elevated sense of her importance in his life for 60 or so years, only now reaching out to the newly widowed woman who has served as a kind of immortal beloved for him.This quartet of elderly folks take great comfort in each other the manner in which a 40 year old author managed to paint them so sensitively is stunning There is another main character, a French servant, Genoux, who has cared for Lady Slane for 70 years, accompanying her family all around the world, while always remaining at something of a distance, as class etiquette dictate In time, her great granddaughter, also named Deborah, makes an appearance serves as a foil for Lady Slane, entailing some very uplifting moments, especially given the age difference, as they find that they are like minded in ways that both find essential Each of these characters in their own way serves as a catalyst for an elderly woman newly in search of her re imagined self She istrying to remember, trying to put her hand on something that remained tantalizingly just around the corner, just out of reach Something has knocked against her as a clapper might knock against a cracked old bell in a disused steeple No music traveled out over the valleys, but within the steeple itself a tingling vibration arose, disturbing the starlings in their nests causing the cobwebs to quiver.Sackville West s All Passion Spent is filled with such lilting, beautiful prose I consider the book a small literary treasure The author tells us that Henry by the compulsion of his love had cheated her Lady Slane of her chosen life, a life in touch with the greater world that it was a choice between masculine lordliness abject feminine submission Personally, I found the novel muchcomplexly interesting than that summation There is also oneplot twist near novel s end that I hesitate to reveal, while at the same time highly recommending All Passion Spent The photo within my review is of a young Vita Sackville West There is also a Masterpiece Theater filmed version of the novel from 1986, with Dame Wendy Hiller as Lady Slane that I highly recommend as well


  6. E. G. E. G. says:

    Introduction, by Joanna Lumley All Passion Spent


  7. Antoinette Antoinette says:

    As I started getting into this book, I thought this book is igniting a passion in me A passion for the written word and its power I started to feel that tingling that tells me this book is going to be special Did this hold through for the whole book Sadly, no The writing drew me in right away The author certainly has a talent with words What a queer thing appearance was, and how unfair It dictated the terms of people s estimate throughout one s whole life In Part 1, Lady Slane s hu As I started getting into this book, I thought this book is igniting a passion in me A passion for the written word and its power I started to feel that tingling that tells me this book is going to be special Did this hold through for the whole book Sadly, no The writing drew me in right away The author certainly has a talent with words What a queer thing appearance was, and how unfair It dictated the terms of people s estimate throughout one s whole life In Part 1, Lady Slane s husband has died , and at the age of 88, she decides she will do what she wants for once Her adult children are appalled as they had already planned the rest of her life for her I have considered the eyes of the world for so long that I think it is time I had a little holiday from them In Part 2, Lady Slane is in Hampstead, reflecting on her life It was sad to see how much of her life was shaped by her husband, and her dreams were left by the wayside At the age of 88, she of course was aware that her time was running out Then, she had been face to face with life, and that had seemed a reason for a necessity for the clearest thinking now, she was face to face with death, and that again seemed a reason for the truest possible estimate of values, without evasion The middle period alone had been confused What I loved about this book was the writing I loved watching Lady Slane find herself at last With her new acquaintances, she became her youthful self.Why I did not give this book a 5 were the long soliquays, which made my mind drift off.This is a quintessential English book of the Bloomsbury group.If you like reflective books, you will enjoy this one The family interactions were enjoyably funny I do think the title is perfect for this book


  8. Mariel Mariel says:

    She could go on, for a little, secretly continuing to be herself.Lady Slane, born to elderly children and their too unsafe from death s hand, dying a little girl, a fawn lovingly caught in its own spotlights standstill, the spawn, the question to do you love me yes My overwhelming feeling about Mrs Henry Holland was that when the voice of the novel describes her as sweet and stupid it was she herself that breathed this as the sweet and stupid air in her lungs I had looked forward to tonight al She could go on, for a little, secretly continuing to be herself.Lady Slane, born to elderly children and their too unsafe from death s hand, dying a little girl, a fawn lovingly caught in its own spotlights standstill, the spawn, the question to do you love me yes My overwhelming feeling about Mrs Henry Holland was that when the voice of the novel describes her as sweet and stupid it was she herself that breathed this as the sweet and stupid air in her lungs I had looked forward to tonight all week I m off tomorrow for the holiday Because I m off tomorrow, tonight belongs to me Tomorrow won t be nearly as sweet I was going to curl up with a good book I had dearly loved Vita Sackville West s No Signposts in the Sea I do not love All Passion Spent I don t think there was anything about it that I liked I m kicking myself Why couldn t I have picked something else to read When Deborah is a young woman she gives herself over to the man who asks her The book describes her secret self she would keep alive within to feed, to love, to resist losing what she wanted against the tide of duty If there is anything I have come to know about myself as a reader through writing my reviews on goodreads all of these years it is this Don t just tell me what everything means She is thinking this because this means that and because she thought that it also means this other thing That will lead to this thing happening Oh yeah, and this other thing Pretty means absolutely fuck all to me If you have to constantly write that any character is pretty you are missing the point Pedestals are wrong I don t care if the elderly friend of her happy with his hobbyhorse son Kay remained in love with Deborah for decades because he saw her look pretty one damned time No, no and no It would have meantto me to know that he resisted emotional entanglements of any kind by witnessing his restrained interactions with Kay than being told all of it on a platter Sackville West never allows them to be themselves God, that is really boring and just not even a story A woman in her eighties If you can t just be yourself without worrying about looking hot when you are eighty what is the point of living That also defeats the purpose of the premise of the book that she finally lives for herself at eighty something when the controlling husband dies If she is going to be living for herself, as her own person at long last, why is it so damned important what the three old men she rekindles acquaintences with think of her If it was as in No Signposts in the Sea the freedom of being yourself with another person, who won t think your trivial life is trivial, it would be different You meet with someone else and can go further That s beautiful That s not this book.This is Deborah s secret self She is afraid that she isn t worth very much Oh, how I wish that the pain of a muted life had been felt, had been seen Her sort of favorite daughter Edith puts herself out there only I don t see it happen so much as get the narrated treatment again She will say the wrong thing and fall in society of white sheep Her mother was never found out and what did it matter, in the end She longs for an artistic life and never moves a finger or an eye in its direction It feltlike flattery of a special person she had a passing fancy of Perhaps when she was a girl someone she admired made a comment in favor of artistic people and the desire got stuck in her head and would catch up on all of her other thoughts I don t really know how she thinks, for all All Passion Spent is an echo of her thoughts She doesn t have any special feeling even for the two children she likes best Kay and Edith She considers the other bossy children to be like her husband Henry I never hated the bookthan when she is in love with him I don t know if their making assumptions about a person who never spoke up was any worse than the men who made assumptions about her that she wanted them to have Her kids knew a woman who just did whatever she was told and that was her on the outside to them Did her inside want anythingthan to vaguely wish that she had had time to reflect on what she really wanted She said yes to his marriage, or rather didn t say no I getout of imagining any young woman in her position than I do of this particular woman after reading a whole novel about her It must be hard to be married to someone with expectations that you live up to who they want you to be I know that she suffered in over her head parties and it is all in the past I m told The most telling thing about her patterns was that she repeats that Edith and Kay were her favorites for reasons other than that she cared about them The second time because they weren t Henry s in spirit It all came out sounding like flattery fulfillmentthan anything else I didn t like that Her ironic knowing smile when her big britches kids make plans for her she doesn t intend to follow Well, then don t But what stopped you before You, right Why is the knowing smile about them and never yourself It was this that made her and the novel appear in cahoots, her enjoyment of being sweet and put upon It isn t HER fault she doesn t live As she floats above the ground, her head a hot air balloon.I guess if there was anything I did like is that the ending is of her eldest daughter Carrie Her tummy squirming is of being judged by Misters Bucktrout and Gosheron, mommy s ardent admirers Her self, if one watches oneself in mind like passing by a mirror and see what other see instead The fear that what they see is not what you want to see isimportant than what they really see They represent her mother and her, the mother she didn t know and will never have again She must kill it to go on living I liked that I knew she would have to do this without being told Last damned page, though It could have been good to examine the danger of ones secret self It would be at risk every day in a world of other secret selves walking about What did that look mean, did she think me silly, I always sound so dumb But if you don t have the you that is at peace when no one else is around you are doing it wrong If you can t do it that is important I have no intention on visiting with family tomorrow It would take me ages to recover from it I would think them true and I would have to read many, many books to forget myself and them good books Why would you write about secret selves and have nothing at all about what you have to think about all of the time to survive I don t know, this whole book reads like some agreed upon system of what everyone is like anyway Pretty people with titles and houses and suitors and stuff and free time That s just not true She loves Henry so much, she didn t know him But what would she say if it happenedoften that he said she was intelligent How would she feel about him if she could have seen him and he never knew her No, I just don t like books that talk, talk, talk and don t ask any of the good questions anyway and they never trust you to know the secret selves at all What would they look like if you met them Would you ever know they wanted to be somethingthan they felt they were Would they even care that you felt those same things too, or dare to dream it It pisses me off I m robbed of suspecting it about Edith because she TELLS me she does I could have wondered if Kay was so comfortable by himself he didn t worry about the insides of outsides I wouldn t like this book even without the other problems for that alone It really is the most unforgivable book mistake, for me Don t they know it is where I live Do they even care So for months she had lived intensely, secretly, building herself in preparation, though she never laid brush to canvas, and only dreamed herself away into the far future She could gauge the idleness of ordinary life by the sagging of her spirits whenever the flame momentarily burnt lower Those glimpses of futility alarmed her beyond all reason The flame had gone out, she thought in terror, every time it drooped it would never revive she must be left cold and unillumined.


  9. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    It had never occurred to him that she might prefer simply to be herself This quietly intense novel tells of an old woman making changes to her life after the death of her husband They had had everything society at the time thought important money, position and family She discovers, however, that she had always wanted something else It s a story of aging and the meaning of life It s about sacrifice and character and honesty It is profound, but it reads easy and light, almost like a shortIt had never occurred to him that she might prefer simply to be herself This quietly intense novel tells of an old woman making changes to her life after the death of her husband They had had everything society at the time thought important money, position and family She discovers, however, that she had always wanted something else It s a story of aging and the meaning of life It s about sacrifice and character and honesty It is profound, but it reads easy and light, almost like a short story.I knew of Vita Sackville West only from her connection with Virginia Woolf Now I m especially curious about her poetry Some lines in this were gorgeous, combining subtle meaning with the beauty of a landscape paintingSomething had knocked against her as the clapper might knock against a cracked old bell in a disused steeple No music travelled out over the valleys, but within the steeple itself a tingling vibration arose, disturbing the starlings in their nests and causing the cobwebs to quiver I enjoyed the truths about the artistic nature and I liked the way the character of Lady Slane deals with regret the focus is on her awareness, not on blame or depression.And I found it especially comforting that we never really stop discovering things


  10. Suzanne Stroh Suzanne Stroh says:

    Fair Spouse says I am not allowed to while away anytime writing reviews on Goodreads until I tell you about this wise, gentle, funny feminist classic written in 1931 by Vita Sackville West Yes, I said Sackville West and feminist in the same sentence The audiobook performance by Wendy Hiller is my favorite of all time I listened to it again about a year ago, on a trip across the country, and I resented having to get out of my car The book reads like music Hiller reads it like she s Fair Spouse says I am not allowed to while away anytime writing reviews on Goodreads until I tell you about this wise, gentle, funny feminist classic written in 1931 by Vita Sackville West Yes, I said Sackville West and feminist in the same sentence The audiobook performance by Wendy Hiller is my favorite of all time I listened to it again about a year ago, on a trip across the country, and I resented having to get out of my car The book reads like music Hiller reads it like she s singing an aria.Born in the 1860s, Deborah Slane spent most of her life in the company of the upper classes She also spent it as the wife of a Viceroy, doing her duty Now it s time for fun only don t go telling her six uptight children, sexagenarians and septagenarians themselves, all bent on coddling or controlling her, each in the style dictated by his or her temperament Lady Slane rethinks her life and decides to take drastic action which is very funny to live out her days the way she wants and with whom she wishes.Funny scenes sharp, witty writing when called for eccentric and lovable characters marvelous atmosphere including gorgeous scenes of contemplation and memory painted in light and fragrance real ideas and a few surprises This is some of Vita Sackville West s warmest, most humane writing and I include her gardening letters in my assessment It expresses her outlook and views on most things especially on marriage with economy, clarity and relaxed style Lady Slane is the author s dream partner, as a character, in philosophic enquiry.Any novel about old age, money grubbing adult children and a beautiful, artistic woman over eighty risks cloying sentimentality on the one end, horrifying bad taste on the other This one avoids both ends of the spectrum In many ways it s a perfect book, often dismissed as a minor novel compared with, say, To The Lightouse by Virginia Woolf This is better than To the Lighthouse, and it competes well with Mrs Dalloway, the book that infuses this one Is that a sacrilege Well I think it s true Sackville West s feminism in All Passion Spent is clearer than anything comparable by Woolf I feel thisstrongly every time I re read this very re readable book If you like dreamy novels to mull over, chapter by chapter, on your walk or in the bath, this book will win your heart


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All Passion Spent ❰Reading❯ ➶ All Passion Spent Author Vita Sackville-West – Buyprobolan50.co.uk WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JOANNA LUMLEYWhen the great statesman Lord Slane dies, everyone assumes his dutiful wife will slowly fade away, the paying guest of each of her six children But Lady Slane surp WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JOANNA LUMLEYWhen the great statesman Lord Slane dies, everyone All Passion ePUB ´ assumes his dutiful wife will slowly fade away, the paying guest of each of her six children But Lady Slane surprises everyone by escaping to a rented house in Hampstead where she revels in her new freedom, revives youthful ambitions and gathers some very unsuitable companions Irreverent, entertaining and insightful, this is a tale of the unexpected joys of growing older.

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  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • All Passion Spent
  • Vita Sackville-West
  • English
  • 01 September 2019
  • 1784870552

About the Author: Vita Sackville-West

Vita Sackville West was a prolific British author, poet and memoirist in the All Passion ePUB ´ early th Century who is known not only for her writing, but for her not so private, private life While married to the diplomat Harold Nicolson, she conducted a series of scandalous amorous liaisons with many women, including the brilliant Virginia Woolf They had an open marriage Both Sackville West and her husband had same sex relationships Her exuberant aristocratic life was one of inordinate privilege and way ahead of her time She frequently traveled to Europe in the company of one or the other of her lovers and often dressed as a man to be able to gain access to places where only the couples could go Gardening, like writing, was a passion Vita cherished with the certainty of a vocation she wrote books on the topic and constructed the gardens of the castle of Sissinghurst, one of England s most beautiful gardens at her homeShe published her first book Poems of East and West in She followed this with a novel, Heritage, in A second novel, The Heir , dealt with her feelings about her family Her next book, Knole and the Sackvilles , covered her family history The Edwardians and All Passion Spent are perhaps her best known novels today In the latter, the elderly Lady Slane courageously embraces a long suppressed sense of freedom and whimsy after a lifetime of convention In she was appointed a Companion of Honour for her services to literature She continued to develop her garden at Sissinghurst Castle and for many years wrote a weekly gardening column for The Observer In she was awarded the gold Veitch medal of the Royal Horticultural Society In her last decade she published a further biography, Daughter of France and a final novel, No Signposts in the Sea She died of cancer on June , .