This book is one of my favourite books of all time I absolutely love it I feel like I was one of the repressed women in the household The twists and turns in the book were brilliant So different to a lot of the Catherine Cookson books I have read An overall somber mood to the book but with a kind of happy endingdepending on how you look at it I suppose. One of her best. Emma Funnell Is The Matriarch Of Bramble House, Built For Her As A Wedding Gift Now, In , She Is In Her Seventies, With The Avowed Intent Of Living To Be A Hundred And, As She Has Always Done, She Continues To Rule The Roost, For Apart From Herself Three Generations Of The Funnell Family Live In The House All Of Them WomenThere Is Widowed Daughter Victoria, Increasingly A Hypochondriac Granddaughter Lizzie, Who Bears The Brunt Of Running The House, As Well As Enduring A Loveless Marriage To Len Hammond And Peggy, Her Sixteen Year Old Daughter, Now Trying To Find The Courage To Drop The Bomb Shell Of Her Pregnancy Into Their MidstThis Explosive Situation Provides The Springboard For A Powerful And Absorbing Novel That Explores, Over A Period Of Fifteen Years, All That Fate Holds In Store For The Dwellers In The House Of Women, Reaching Its Climax With A Frank Confrontation Of A Major Social Issue Of Today Maybe 2 1 2 stars. Three generations of women live in Bramble House Emma Funnell great grandma , Victoria grandma and Lissie mother.When daughter Peggy becomes pregnant at fourteen, she is forced to marry the father Andrew Jones, which turns out to be a big mistake.A lesson for parents who seek to rule their children s lives and never let them grow up, make their own decisions and accept responsibility for their actions. This felt a little rushed like it should have been one of those multi hundred page epics that used to be everywhere Also, everyone in this book was miserable except the matriarch. Another wonderful story from this author where we follow several generations of women who all have distinct characters some good some not so good and yet we see than one side of each of them Not all the men involved are seen in a favourable light, which creates a wonderful tension throughout the book.Well written as always with a deceptively easy style highly recommended. I read all of Catherine Cookson s books some years ago and enjoyed them immensley I recently re read all of them and find that on a second look I found them all so very predictable, and was rather disappointed However I m sure that it is my tastes that have changed not the calibre of her story telling. YIKES So many yikes Daddy loving on the daughter Granny cooing for the great grandson in law 26 year old doctor proposing to the 15 year old teenager Ick I m icked out by the characters, and I m a little icked out by Cookson s normalization of the adult teenager relationship as seen in other books as well This is not to say I hate this book it was an absorbing read and kudos to Cookson for trying some new ideas outside of her usual formulas BUT Frig I m sure this book is constrained by the viewpoints of the time and all, but that doctor is a predator She s FIFTEEN AHHHH But hey, it s 2018, I can judge things now.It was hard to like this book because I didn t like anyone Apart from each other, all the characters were their own protagonists and at the root, good people Together, they were the worst versions of themselves Maybe Cookson is saying something about family dynamic Families bring out the worst in each other None of the romantic interests were appealing The one thing I tend to dislike about Cookson s books is the habit of settling for the least crazy guy in the neighbourhood In almost every Cookson book there is a toxic family and here I think I ve met my limit It was hard to trudge through this book Reliving a whole new generation of misery The themes touch on hypocrisy, possessiveness, and the cyclical patterns generations that keep repeating based on mistakes from the past one She provides no hope for the characters What s the point Slave away and earn an inheritance, or run away to be free but then also get called selfish The book really does poke an eye at hypocrisy, but Cookson also makes hypocrites out of the points she s trying to make Was this on purpose Is she upset at women, or is she upset for them Len is an asshole, until he isn t Lizzie is pitiable, until she s a bitter shrew Victoria is unbearable, until she s Peggy s fairy godmother Characters come and go, and for what purpose Such a hodge podge here I don t know what to think or feel towards anyone Maybe that s the point Maybe this is just a critical lens on society at the time, about how sometimes our hands are tied even when we re staring at the door to our escape.Thrift store buy, it s going back to the Salvation Army An entertaining read, and did make me gasp out loud with some icky shocking moments, but overall a bit of a bummer Also, methinks Cookson might have grown up with an alpha woman in her household domineering women tend to be a repeated character in her stories. This book portays different types of women from different eras and definitely their thoughts are different from each other It has also emphasized on some crucial social issues that are still affecting lives of several women even today Pretty good storyline, however, as several issues have been addressed at the same time, created a dreary read.
Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty stricken woman, Kate, who Catherine believed was her older sister Catherine began work in service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married Tom Cookson, a local grammar school master Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby
- 384 pages
- The House of Women
- Catherine Cookson
- 02 February 2019 Catherine Cookson