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Antonia White (1899–1980)

Autor(a) de Frost in May

19+ Works 2,222 Membros 54 Críticas 9 Favorited

About the Author

Disambiguation Notice:

(eng) Eirene Adeline Botting wrote under the name Antonia White.

Image credit: Time Warner Books UK


Obras por Antonia White

Frost in May (1933) 910 exemplares
The Lost Traveller (1950) 335 exemplares
The Sugar House (1952) 288 exemplares
Beyond the Glass (1954) 273 exemplares
Strangers (1954) 140 exemplares
As Once in May (1983) 48 exemplares
Minka and Curdy (1957) 28 exemplares
Frost in May; The Lost Traveller (1980) 21 exemplares
The Sugar House; Beyond the Glass (1982) 20 exemplares
Virago Omnibus III (1936) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Virago Omnibus I (1986) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Living with Minka and Curdy (1970) 6 exemplares

Associated Works

The Collected Stories of Colette (1983) — Tradutor, algumas edições634 exemplares
Gigi / The Cat (1958) — Tradutor, algumas edições573 exemplares
Claudine at School (1900) — Tradutor, algumas edições443 exemplares
I Am Fifteen--and I Don't Want To Die (1956) — Tradutor, algumas edições380 exemplares
Claudine in Paris (1901) — Tradutor, algumas edições244 exemplares
History of Charles XII, King of Sweden (1731) — Tradutor, algumas edições215 exemplares
Claudine Married (1902) — Tradutor, algumas edições206 exemplares
The Shackle (1964) — Tradutor, algumas edições190 exemplares
Claudine and Annie (1903) — Tradutor, algumas edições173 exemplares
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (1990) — Contribuidor — 152 exemplares
The Tender Shoot and Other Stories (Noonday Press Book; N504) (1958) — Tradutor, algumas edições63 exemplares
The Gender of Modernism: A Critical Anthology (1990) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
The Rainy Moon and Other Stories (1962) — Tradutor, algumas edições56 exemplares
Infinite Riches (1993) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
Saints and Ourselves (1953) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
The Old School: Essays by Divers Hands (1934) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Mystery and Adventure Stories for Girls (1960) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
A pathway to heaven — Tradutor, algumas edições3 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Would never have picked this, but ran out of books on hol and borrowed one of A's, and it's really really good. Not all that much happens, but it's very funny and quite moving in places.
hierogrammate | 22 outras críticas | Jan 31, 2022 |
Set in the early 1900s, Nanda is nine years old when her father enrolls her in the convent school outside of London called Convent of the Five Wounds. She quickly learns, in this closed society, that she has to please only God. And, of course, the stodgy, cruel nuns that run the place. (I can say that, as a lapsed Catholic who has had my fill of nuns.) There was a little too much of the holy affairs in the early part of the book but then as Nanda grew up to be a teenager there was a sense of dread that somehow her attention to the rules was slipping and the nuns were going to catch her doing something they didn't allow which was just about anything really. The author was great at character development and creating this sense of doom.

I followed it up by listening to the Backlisted podcast about the book and it was absolutely wonderful and revealed that the book was very autobiographical and played parts of an interview with the author from the 60s.
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brenzi | 22 outras críticas | Jan 22, 2022 |
The Virago group is doing themed monthly reads and the first was "Nuns, Teachers, and Governesses". I have about 6 unread viragos on my shelf, so I'm trying to read them when they fit a category. I had never read [Frost in May], which is Virago #1, so I took the opportunity and I'm so glad I did!

[Frost in May] is about a young girl whose father has recently converted to Catholicism. He sends her to a conservative Catholic boarding school. There, 9 year old Nanda whole-heartedly discovers the Catholic faith, makes friends, and begins to know herself. She is immersed in the closed world of the convent, where self-control, discipline, and humility are demanded of these young children. The glimmers of non-conformity come from a few of her friends at the convent who have more worldly families and from Nanda's mother, who during brief visits, obviously shows that she does not buy in to the system. Though internally Nanda embraces the lifestyle, some of her actions don't fit with the convent rules and the book does not end happily from Nanda's point of view.

I unexpectedly found this book delightful. There is a subtle and slightly subversive humor throughout from the author, but at the same time she perfectly captures the rigidity of a child's mind as it opens up through the teen years.

I would love to know more about the politics/cultural ramifications of converting to Catholicism in England in the early 1900s. I'm curious if there was a deeper cultural statement being made in the book that I didn't have the background to comprehend.

Original publication date: 1933, Virago publication date 1978 (#1)
Author’s nationality: British
Original language: English
Length: 221 pages
Rating: 4 stars
Format/where I acquired the book: given to me by Barbara/romain from the Virago group
Why I read this: virago monthly challenge
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japaul22 | 22 outras críticas | Jan 13, 2022 |
The amazing mostly mental cruelty of nuns toward the children they are raising.

Every will must be broken and completely reset.."
dimajazz | 22 outras críticas | Nov 17, 2021 |



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