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  1. notgettingenough notgettingenough says:

    Jane Austen Anne Tyler I wasn t sold on this until the dominant character makes her entrance, which is after quite a long scene setting Suddenly the malevolent Tilly appears, whose only pleasure in life seems to be putting spokes in those of others Even the most well meaning and delusional of characters can see how utterly ghastly she is But how to get rid of her And what of the title character s idiotic intentions to even the score Having read my second Sharp, it s tempting to compar Jane Austen Anne Tyler I wasn t sold on this until the dominant character makes her entrance, which is after quite a long scene setting Suddenly the malevolent Tilly appears, whose only pleasure in life seems to be putting spokes in those of others Even the most well meaning and delusional of characters can see how utterly ghastly she is But how to get rid of her And what of the title character s idiotic intentions to even the score Having read my second Sharp, it s tempting to compare her with Tyler in the first instance because they both care about their creations and in the second because the endings are never happy rest here


  2. Karen Karen says:

    A gently funny and thoughtful novel about life in Britain just after WWII In the Angela Thirkell, Dodie Smith vein I really liked it a lot I bought this vintage little hardback from the bookstalls outside of the Strand in NYC for 1 that may have contributed to how fond I am of the book But I think it stands on its own merits, too.


  3. Theresa Theresa says:

    Simon Brocken wishes it were still 1912 Manners were muchgenteel back then, the younger generation including himself were not flighty nor rude, and there were servantsWhat he longed to return to was an orderly world No one, in Mr Brocken s opinion, had tasted the sweetness of life who had not lived before 1914 What years those were for solid comfort What servants, what meals, what excellent claret Simon meditated nostalgically upon this theme for some minutes but even dearer t Simon Brocken wishes it were still 1912 Manners were muchgenteel back then, the younger generation including himself were not flighty nor rude, and there were servantsWhat he longed to return to was an orderly world No one, in Mr Brocken s opinion, had tasted the sweetness of life who had not lived before 1914 What years those were for solid comfort What servants, what meals, what excellent claret Simon meditated nostalgically upon this theme for some minutes but even dearer to his recollection was the general atmosphere of order and decorum In short, Simon Brocken liked his comforts However, Simon s world is about to be drastically changed.Having never married women were such a nuisance weren t they he finds himself saddled with the oversight of his brother s estate and even worse, his brother Mark s empty headed widow Isabel Isabel confesses to the oh so reluctant Simon that she is unable to reconcile the memory of her bad behavior from past years She is haunted by the memory of her treatment of a distant cousin, Tilly Cuff Although her mind tends to wander during church, Isabel does hear one line at the end of a Sunday church sermon, and she takes action She decides it is imperative that she make reparation and gift Tilly with the estate left her by her husband Mark Simon is extremely dismayed to find his comfortable world threatened In short, Simon is in a pickle a most uncomfortable place to be How Tilly Cuff comes to live with Simon, who is temporarily rooming in Isabel s home while his is being renovated , Isabel s nephew Humphrey, and Isabel s live in help and in the process manages to turn the entire household upside down makes for a fast and entertaining read The ending was quite a surprise, as I waited to see Tilly get her comeuppance and certainly didn t see the author s resolution to the novel coming It would appear that the foolish gentlewoman is perhaps, not so foolish after all.I did not realize at first that Margery Sharp was the author of the Bianca the mouse series, the books I read in childhood This book started a bit slow for me but after a bit it really took off and I greatly enjoyed it


  4. Linda Linda says:

    I found Margery Sharp s Britannia Mews at the library sale and brought it home as it was a youthful favorite of mine, as was the movie based on the book Though Sharp was a prolific author of adult novels, it s only her children s books that are readily available As a result I ordered The Foolish Gentlewoman, Cluny Brown and Four Gardens from used book dealers on line The first two cost under 4.00 each but the last one was almost 25 However, you can imagine how much the title appeal I found Margery Sharp s Britannia Mews at the library sale and brought it home as it was a youthful favorite of mine, as was the movie based on the book Though Sharp was a prolific author of adult novels, it s only her children s books that are readily available As a result I ordered The Foolish Gentlewoman, Cluny Brown and Four Gardens from used book dealers on line The first two cost under 4.00 each but the last one was almost 25 However, you can imagine how much the title appealed to me Still have to read Cluny Brown but the other two remind me very much of some of the interwar year titles published by Persephone Books They are very slow paced and I often want to smack the woman who is the main character But if you can get into the spirit of them and the culture that produced them, then the are quite amusing and rewarding They won t be everyone s cup of tea but they are well worth the effort if you can find them at a good price Though I still liked Britannia Mews on re reading it, I think it is quite different from Gentlewoman and Four Gardens I ll let you know where Cluny Brown fits into Sharp s oeuvre when I ve read it


  5. Ali Ali says:

    The Foolish Gentlewoman was Margery Sharp s thirteenth novel in a seemingly long and prolific writing career, yet it is the first that I ve read Judging by this novel alone, I feel I have made a discovery another author I will want to readof and like so many authors of this era is crying out to be re issued Today of course is Margery Sharp day, and I can t wait to read lotsreviews of books I will almost certainly want to get my hands on.The Foolish Gentlewoman is set soon after th The Foolish Gentlewoman was Margery Sharp s thirteenth novel in a seemingly long and prolific writing career, yet it is the first that I ve read Judging by this novel alone, I feel I have made a discovery another author I will want to readof and like so many authors of this era is crying out to be re issued Today of course is Margery Sharp day, and I can t wait to read lotsreviews of books I will almost certainly want to get my hands on.The Foolish Gentlewoman is set soon after the end of World War Two, when houses are still being repaired from the bombing, and young men and women are slowly picking up the threads of their lives When Isabel Brocken makes a rare visit to church, she hears one particular line of an otherwise unmemorable sermon, and takes to heart its message It is a message that will have a lasting effect on the inhabitants of her household, and even upon her own future.Full review


  6. Juliana Juliana says:

    I wrote about this book here I wrote about this book here


  7. Gail Gail says:

    Somewhat dated since it was written in the 1940 s, but an interesting look at how malicious women totally changed the lives of a group of people, except for one man whose life maybe should have changed.


  8. Steven Steven says:

    Entertaining and funny novel about thoughtless sin and thoughtful redemption, bitter regret and remorseful gratitude.


  9. Lore Lippincott Lore Lippincott says:

    A memorable combination of shallowness and depth, both in the characters lives and the intertwining story.


  10. Grier Grier says:

    3.5 stars


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The Foolish Gentlewoman [Reading] ➶ The Foolish Gentlewoman By Margery Sharp – Polishdarling.co.uk Light, humorous novel in the usual Sharp style, Isabel Brocken, a sentimental English widow, extends her hospitality to a rather mixed group of friends and relatives who have been left without living Light, humorous novel in the usual Sharp style, Isabel Brocken, a sentimental English widow, extends her hospitality to a rather mixed group of friends and relatives who have been left without living quarters by the war.

  • Hardcover
  • 428 pages
  • The Foolish Gentlewoman
  • Margery Sharp
  • English
  • 07 February 2018
  • 0708907776

About the Author: Margery Sharp

Margery Sharp was born Clara Margery Melita Sharp in Salisbury She spent part of her childhood in MaltaSharp wrote novels, children s stories, plays, mysteries and many short stories She is best known for her series of children s books about a little white mouse named Miss Bianca and her companion, Bernard Two Disney films have been made based on them, called The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down UnderIn , she The Foolish PDF \ married Major Geoffrey Castle, an aeronautical engineer.



10 thoughts on “The Foolish Gentlewoman

  1. notgettingenough notgettingenough says:

    Jane Austen Anne Tyler I wasn t sold on this until the dominant character makes her entrance, which is after quite a long scene setting Suddenly the malevolent Tilly appears, whose only pleasure in life seems to be putting spokes in those of others Even the most well meaning and delusional of characters can see how utterly ghastly she is But how to get rid of her And what of the title character s idiotic intentions to even the score Having read my second Sharp, it s tempting to compar Jane Austen Anne Tyler I wasn t sold on this until the dominant character makes her entrance, which is after quite a long scene setting Suddenly the malevolent Tilly appears, whose only pleasure in life seems to be putting spokes in those of others Even the most well meaning and delusional of characters can see how utterly ghastly she is But how to get rid of her And what of the title character s idiotic intentions to even the score Having read my second Sharp, it s tempting to compare her with Tyler in the first instance because they both care about their creations and in the second because the endings are never happy rest here


  2. Karen Karen says:

    A gently funny and thoughtful novel about life in Britain just after WWII In the Angela Thirkell, Dodie Smith vein I really liked it a lot I bought this vintage little hardback from the bookstalls outside of the Strand in NYC for 1 that may have contributed to how fond I am of the book But I think it stands on its own merits, too.


  3. Theresa Theresa says:

    Simon Brocken wishes it were still 1912 Manners were muchgenteel back then, the younger generation including himself were not flighty nor rude, and there were servantsWhat he longed to return to was an orderly world No one, in Mr Brocken s opinion, had tasted the sweetness of life who had not lived before 1914 What years those were for solid comfort What servants, what meals, what excellent claret Simon meditated nostalgically upon this theme for some minutes but even dearer t Simon Brocken wishes it were still 1912 Manners were muchgenteel back then, the younger generation including himself were not flighty nor rude, and there were servantsWhat he longed to return to was an orderly world No one, in Mr Brocken s opinion, had tasted the sweetness of life who had not lived before 1914 What years those were for solid comfort What servants, what meals, what excellent claret Simon meditated nostalgically upon this theme for some minutes but even dearer to his recollection was the general atmosphere of order and decorum In short, Simon Brocken liked his comforts However, Simon s world is about to be drastically changed.Having never married women were such a nuisance weren t they he finds himself saddled with the oversight of his brother s estate and even worse, his brother Mark s empty headed widow Isabel Isabel confesses to the oh so reluctant Simon that she is unable to reconcile the memory of her bad behavior from past years She is haunted by the memory of her treatment of a distant cousin, Tilly Cuff Although her mind tends to wander during church, Isabel does hear one line at the end of a Sunday church sermon, and she takes action She decides it is imperative that she make reparation and gift Tilly with the estate left her by her husband Mark Simon is extremely dismayed to find his comfortable world threatened In short, Simon is in a pickle a most uncomfortable place to be How Tilly Cuff comes to live with Simon, who is temporarily rooming in Isabel s home while his is being renovated , Isabel s nephew Humphrey, and Isabel s live in help and in the process manages to turn the entire household upside down makes for a fast and entertaining read The ending was quite a surprise, as I waited to see Tilly get her comeuppance and certainly didn t see the author s resolution to the novel coming It would appear that the foolish gentlewoman is perhaps, not so foolish after all.I did not realize at first that Margery Sharp was the author of the Bianca the mouse series, the books I read in childhood This book started a bit slow for me but after a bit it really took off and I greatly enjoyed it


  4. Linda Linda says:

    I found Margery Sharp s Britannia Mews at the library sale and brought it home as it was a youthful favorite of mine, as was the movie based on the book Though Sharp was a prolific author of adult novels, it s only her children s books that are readily available As a result I ordered The Foolish Gentlewoman, Cluny Brown and Four Gardens from used book dealers on line The first two cost under 4.00 each but the last one was almost 25 However, you can imagine how much the title appeal I found Margery Sharp s Britannia Mews at the library sale and brought it home as it was a youthful favorite of mine, as was the movie based on the book Though Sharp was a prolific author of adult novels, it s only her children s books that are readily available As a result I ordered The Foolish Gentlewoman, Cluny Brown and Four Gardens from used book dealers on line The first two cost under 4.00 each but the last one was almost 25 However, you can imagine how much the title appealed to me Still have to read Cluny Brown but the other two remind me very much of some of the interwar year titles published by Persephone Books They are very slow paced and I often want to smack the woman who is the main character But if you can get into the spirit of them and the culture that produced them, then the are quite amusing and rewarding They won t be everyone s cup of tea but they are well worth the effort if you can find them at a good price Though I still liked Britannia Mews on re reading it, I think it is quite different from Gentlewoman and Four Gardens I ll let you know where Cluny Brown fits into Sharp s oeuvre when I ve read it


  5. Ali Ali says:

    The Foolish Gentlewoman was Margery Sharp s thirteenth novel in a seemingly long and prolific writing career, yet it is the first that I ve read Judging by this novel alone, I feel I have made a discovery another author I will want to readof and like so many authors of this era is crying out to be re issued Today of course is Margery Sharp day, and I can t wait to read lotsreviews of books I will almost certainly want to get my hands on.The Foolish Gentlewoman is set soon after th The Foolish Gentlewoman was Margery Sharp s thirteenth novel in a seemingly long and prolific writing career, yet it is the first that I ve read Judging by this novel alone, I feel I have made a discovery another author I will want to readof and like so many authors of this era is crying out to be re issued Today of course is Margery Sharp day, and I can t wait to read lotsreviews of books I will almost certainly want to get my hands on.The Foolish Gentlewoman is set soon after the end of World War Two, when houses are still being repaired from the bombing, and young men and women are slowly picking up the threads of their lives When Isabel Brocken makes a rare visit to church, she hears one particular line of an otherwise unmemorable sermon, and takes to heart its message It is a message that will have a lasting effect on the inhabitants of her household, and even upon her own future.Full review


  6. Juliana Juliana says:

    I wrote about this book here I wrote about this book here


  7. Gail Gail says:

    Somewhat dated since it was written in the 1940 s, but an interesting look at how malicious women totally changed the lives of a group of people, except for one man whose life maybe should have changed.


  8. Steven Steven says:

    Entertaining and funny novel about thoughtless sin and thoughtful redemption, bitter regret and remorseful gratitude.


  9. Lore Lippincott Lore Lippincott says:

    A memorable combination of shallowness and depth, both in the characters lives and the intertwining story.


  10. Grier Grier says:

    3.5 stars


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