The Camomile Lawn book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Behind the large house, the fragrant camomile lawn stretches dow. Summit Books (US). Publication date. 29 March Media type, Print ( hardback & paperback). Pages, pp. ISBN · · OCLC · The Camomile Lawn is a novel by Mary Wesley beginning with a family holiday in. The Camomile Lawn [Mary Wesley] on *FREE* shipping on site Book Review Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more.

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Week Julie Parsons discusses favourite books from her library. Mary Wesley's breakthrough, war-time novel The Camomile Lawn, written when she was in her 70s, captures both the violent passions of youth. A beloved bestseller from an author ahead of her time, The Camomile Lawn is a waspishly witty, devil-may-care delight. Read more.

It is August Oliver is just back from the fighting in Spain, and tries hard to impress with his bandaged head, his crude words, and his tales of violence and death. Beautiful Calypso is discovering the power she has over men. Polly says little, but looks on in amusement, biding her time. Walter and the twins fantasize about joining the Air Force and the Navy, while ten-year-old Sophy runs after them all, plaintively calling to them to wait for her. The latter do not appear as innocent to the reader as they do to the children who joyfully plan them: Who will survive this game, one wonders? The main plot alternates with passages set in the s: Speeding along the motorways, driven by more or less willing members of the younger generation, they reminisce about the war that coincided with their coming of age. And all make the startling, recurrent, statement that the war was fun, and exciting. Affairs of the heart take precedence over politics: These episodes stand out in the narrative like frivolous, lamp lit, laughter-filled oases in the bigger, darker context of blitzed London. However, there is very little direct reference to the war itself.

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And how that's not a bad thing. The sole negatively-depicted character everyone else is in shades of grey is defined by his lack of emotion and emotional connections. Fortunately we spend very little time with him.

It was endearing seeing the many forms this stiff upper lip took.

It also made for a particularly moving realization that one character is indeed deeply in love with another, despite everything she says and does. Here's a great quote from the author describing herself during that war: "too many lovers, too much to drink I was on my way to become a very nasty person" I'm glad Mary got a hold of herself!

His is one of the few perspectives that we don't really enter: he is mainly seen through the eyes of everyone else. He is lifeblood personified. And such a scamp! Reading The Camomile Lawn was like slowly going through an old photo album, being able to plunge into a picture and live that scene, then withdrawing out of it, contemplating it.

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