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  • Crusoe's Daughter

  • By: Jane Gardam
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Summary

In 1904, when she was six, Polly Flint went to live with her two holy aunts at the yellow house by the marsh - so close to the sea that it seemed to toss like a ship, so isolated that she might have been marooned on an island. And there she stayed for 81 years, while the century raged around her, while lamplight and Victorian order became chaos and nuclear dread. Crusoe's Daughter, ambitious, moving and wholly original, is her story.

©2012 Jenny Gardam (P)2014 Audible Studios

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It is a long time since I read Crusoe's Daughter, so I did not remember the details well. I really enjoyed this reading, although at first I was not sure of the narrator - she does a fair job of conveying Polly's changing age, but seems rather more comfortable in the middle years. This is not a book for those who want a galloping plot, with rapid action and cliff hanging moments - this is the evocation of a life rooted in a particular place, of a child gradually understanding the world around her, of an early love that colours the decades to come... The marsh, the Yellow House, the curiously distant and unknowable adults, the shining wonder of first love are all vividly conveyed. I will be downloading more Jane Gardam!

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A unique novel

I’d never heard of Jane Gardam until listening to the New York Times Book Review podcast a couple of weeks ago. The contributor’s enthusiasm for this work whetted my appetite; and I have just loved this book. The ability of the author to draw us into Polly Flint’s life with such sensibility, humour and narrative expertise is stunning. I shall read this again and seek out more works by Jane Gardam.

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