We That Are Left

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We That Are Left

We That Are Left Two sisters born into privilege are forced to make their way in a world turned upside down by war One man transforms them both Jessica and Phyllis Melville have grown up at Ellinghurst a famil

  • Title: We That Are Left
  • Author: Clare Clark
  • ISBN: 9780544129993
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Two sisters, born into privilege, are forced to make their way in a world turned upside down by war One man transforms them both 1910 Jessica and Phyllis Melville have grown up at Ellinghurst, a family estate fraught with secrets A headstrong beauty, Jessica longs for London the glitter and glamour of debutante life while bookish Phyllis dreams in vain of attendiTwo sisters, born into privilege, are forced to make their way in a world turned upside down by war One man transforms them both 1910 Jessica and Phyllis Melville have grown up at Ellinghurst, a family estate fraught with secrets A headstrong beauty, Jessica longs for London the glitter and glamour of debutante life while bookish Phyllis dreams in vain of attending university Into their midst walks Oskar Grunewald, a frequent visitor fascinated by the house but alternately tormented and ignored by the Melville children Oskar seeks refuge in Ellinghurst s enormous library Meanwhile Theo, the adored Melville brother, eclipses everyone around him The Great War arrives to devastate and reshape their world In a country unrecognizable from the idylls of their youth, the Melville sisters struggle to forge new paths without the guidance of the old rules But Oskar s life has become entwined with theirs once again, in ways both immediate and unimaginable that will change all of their futures With elegance and insight, in prose characteristically stirring and seductive The Economist Clare Clark brings us a new story of a kind of old family whose reckoning with change will haunt and resonate for many generations.

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    1. Regina on said:

      I initially was a bit lost when commencing We That Are Lost, as the prologue contained a lot of people and names therefore making it hard to get a grip off. However as the book progresses all of those people and names fall into place.The novel predominately revolves around the Melville sisters and family friend Oskar Grunewald, with World War 1 as the backdrop.Just as the title of the novel suggests, it is about how those who remain continue on in an impermanent and ever changing world. How peop [...]

    2. switterbug (Betsey) on said:

      Houses can make fine story centerpieces, as seen in The Hundred-Year House, by Rebecca Makkai. In Makkai's novel, the house casts an evocative history and long shadow over the narrative, and is woven deeply into the story. In Clare Clark's ambitious but largely anodyne novel, the house is Ellinghurst, a faux Gothic tower--huge, with crenellations, ivied walls, turrets, and bastions, built in the Victorian era and made to look medieval. Here, the house is more of a set piece, and a trigger for th [...]

    3. Alison on said:

      I'm still trying to figure out what I think about this book.In many ways it felt as if this author watched all of Downton Abbey and then decided to write a much more emotional, realistic portrayal of the first World War and the aftermath in Britain. And I appreciated that. Although I enjoy Downton, it often is embarrassingly unrealistic in its portrayal of things like war veterans and war injuries. But I think perhaps I need to relax a bit when it comes to historic fiction. I am constantly findi [...]

    4. Jess on said:

      I want to thank Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt for their kind allowance of my review via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Hats off to Clare Clark for her well researched novel. The sheer amount of details and descriptions of ideas, theories, scenery, clothing, etc. was absolutely amazing. The plot was well developed and her supporting details brought the story to life. I won't lie some of the scientific and physic discussions were well over my head but I appreciated the research that we [...]

    5. Susan on said:

      This was highly recommended to me, but didn't turn out to be satisfying. An interesting period, WW I. A crumbling English estate. A brilliant man at Cambridge, a bright woman with a passion for archaeology. A silly younger sister with her head full of dancing and parties. Well written. And yet, it didn't engage me. The characters had no reality. I found myself reading lightly, almost skimming, bored with the physics details and the endless descriptions of the crumbling estate and its idyllic sur [...]

    6. Candace on said:

      "We That Are Left" is a worthy addition to the fine novels commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI. Other reviewers have aptly described the plot, which will keep you involved with the characters and turning pages, but I wanted to point out a few things that set Clare Clark's book apart. Oscar, the numbers-loving boy who is entranced by science and on the cusp of the new discoveries about electricity and string theory. Could new scientific discoveries mean that it is possible to [...]

    7. Josie on said:

      I'm putting this on my to-read shelf simply because I love the cover. Yep.

    8. AntKathy on said:

      Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a preview copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. If you are a fan of the PBS series "Downton Abbey", you will enjoy Clare Clark's WE THAT ARE LEFT. The book takes place in England during the era of the Great War. Aubrey Melville is a baron, with a son, Theo, and two daughters, Phyllis and Jessica. He and his cold-fish wife Eleanor maintain a strained relationship. Also living at the family estate of Ellinghurst ar [...]

    9. Susan (aka Just My Op) on said:

      I really liked the first book I read by this author, The Nature of Monsters, so I then read two more: The Great Stink and Beautiful Lies. I didn't especially like either of them, but being a slow learner and having forgotten that Beautiful Lies just annoyed me, I gave this new one, We That are Left, a try despite the grammatically incorrect title.As I said, I am a slow learner. And I somewhat enjoyed the majority of the book. The family members all seemed rather nasty at the beginning, and I did [...]

    10. Dan Radovich on said:

      For those that enjoy their historical fiction written with great respect for detail of the period Clark's new novel is right up your alley. She nails everything. Great characters and the home they live in. Perfect representation of time and social class. All filled with fantastic detail superbly written . The action takes place on an English estate shortly before the outbreak of World War I, and continues during and after the conflict. You will be drawn into the lives of one household, the Melvi [...]

    11. George on said:

      DNF - Can't find a reason to pick this one back up. It was well written, but a bit dull.

    12. Geetanjali on said:

      Set in the early 1900s England,We That Are Left is a social commentary on the impact of the First World War ,the result of the women's suffrage movement,the beginning of a new age in Physics and the effect of dysfunctional home lives on children.Starting with a funeral in the prologue,this tragic story has a melancholic tone from the outset which leads to a frustrating and pitiful ending.It is 1910 and ten year old Oskar Grunewald is awestruck by the books in the massive library housed in the eq [...]

    13. Nightwitch on said:

      Very strong writing and highly readable, but ultimately disappointing. The prologue had too much going on, but we're then taken back in time to pre-World War I, where we meet our various characters and start feeling our way through their myriad relationships. Unfortunately, Jessica, our first viewpoint character, is a realistically unpleasant child, which made the beginning hard going and kept it hard going throughout. Oscar, our other viewpoint character, is obsessed with science, and his digre [...]

    14. Roman Clodia on said:

      Gives the WW1 family saga a literary makeoverThis is a surprisingly conventional book for Clark whose previous works have been more eclectic – what it shares, though, is her beautifully precise and smooth writing.Opening in 1910, this is effectively a WW1-and-aftermath family saga – though certainly one which is superior in intelligence and literary style. Oscar Greenwood and his mother find their lives entwined with that of the Melvilles who own the Big House: as the war brings social chang [...]

    15. Elizabeth on said:

      As usual, I will not summarize this book, as others have already done so. Suffice to say that I would have given it 5 stars had it not been for the ending - which I hated - and a rather disturbing development near the end which I did not feel was well handled. I must also confess to skipping over the mathematics/quantum physics/scientific theorems parts which I found utterly boring and which really didn't add much to the story. In spite of the fact that I didn't like any of the characters except [...]

    16. Alarie on said:

      Although I love novels set in WWII, I’m not much of a fan of WWI novels, which this was. Still it was quite a good novel despite the usual gloom over the futility of war and wasted young lives. This novel was reminiscent of Downton Abbey, set in England on a grand estate. The baron’s title and estate could only pass to a son. Otherwise they were inherited by another male relative who typically didn’t care a fig for preserving the family history: a sad predicament much lamented by Jane Aust [...]

    17. Lois R. Gross on said:

      took me a while to get to this book for which I apologize. It is a good recommendation for those who like Downtom Abbey as the time period and location overlap. It is, however, a rather gloomy book with the spectre of WWI almost a character in the book. Like many period books, it is a bit plodding and not a quick or easy read. Unfortunately, this is a problem for me, but may be another person's cup of tea.

    18. Christina on said:

      Got this book through a first reads giveaway. Clark tells a fictional family story with real historical characters and events. Very well researched period piece set in post WWI England where a young boy is overawed by the daughters of the wealthy family who own Ellinghurst. Overall, I enjoyed the book but wouldn't re-read for a second time.

    19. Russell James on said:

      Oskar, the poor relation, he feels, to Jessica and Phyllis, is taken into and brought up in the crumbling family manor. Then comes WW1, after which they try to piece together their lives. The story embraces science, archaeology, raffish London, that impossible house and (credit to the writing) real people. A fine read.

    20. Chelsea on said:

      The first chapter was a hot mess, to many characters and irrelevant to the rest of the story. And then just as it was getting good I found the conclusion under whelming and a little disturbing.

    21. Lori Gronewold on said:

      I wanted to like this book, but I didn't. It was long and I didn't like how it ended.

    22. Caitlin on said:

      This seems like a younger sister of Kate Atkinson's novels - almost as satisfying, but not quite.

    23. Tonya Mathis on said:

      3.5 really. I would have given this book a 4 star rating, but I had a hard time with all the science references. It was my worst subject in school. But I did really enjoy the story.

    24. Mandy on said:

      Bah. Too much. Much too much. I didn't care for a single character in this book. Like a giant terrible soap opera.

    25. Roger Brunyate on said:

      Every Man You Might Have Married is Already Dead"Every man you might have married is already dead." So laments Jessica Melville, looking into her mirror in 1919. She has finally got her wish, broken free of her family's battlemented estate in Hampshire, and come up to London as a bachelor girl, only to find herself attending balls where all the men seem to have either training wheels or retreads. Phyllis, her bookish elder sister, has no interest in the marriage market. She left home at the firs [...]

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