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And Ladies of the Club (original 1982; edição 2000)

por Helen Hooven Santmyer (Autor)

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"A great novel that is American to its core...so gently memorable, so bursting with life, that those who abandon themselves to its pages will find it claiming a permanent place close to their hearts." --New York Daily News "A warm, evocative, often hilarious picture of society, culture, politics and family life." --Atlanta Constitution "A warmly human story...never flags from first page to last." --Publishers Weekly A groundbreaking bestseller with two and a half million copies in print, "...And Ladies of the Club" centers on the members of a book club and their struggles to understand themselves, each other, and the tumultuous world they live in. A true classic, it is sure to enchant, enthrall, and intrigue readers for years to come. "It is hard to think of a better place to spend the summer than in AHelen Hooven Santmyer's? world." --Cosmopolitan… (mais)
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Título:And Ladies of the Club
Autores:Helen Hooven Santmyer (Autor)
Informação:Berkley (2000), 1184 pages
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"...And Ladies of the Club" is one of my favorite books. Yes, it is long; my current edition has 1176 pages. (I wore out the first paperback I had.) But it does what historical fiction is supposed to do, I think, which is to help you feel what it was like to live in the past. Santmyer writes about the years between the end of the Civil War and the early years of the Depression. She manages to cover small town (midwestern) manners and mores, fashion, politics, child rearing, parties, funeral practices, medicine, education, prejudices, and just about anything else you can think of, all the while telling the story of the various interconnected families who live in her fictional Waynesboro, Ohio. ( )
  riemerreads | Jul 10, 2021 |
I had looked forward to reading this, since I love novels from days gone by, especially ones with enough pages so you can really sink your teeth into the story. But alas, I soon pulled them out again.

Ms. Santmyer chose to take what could have been said in around 500 pages and stretched it out to over 1,400, way too much for even the most ardent reader. This might not have been the case, had she concentrated on one family or a few main characters (like the wise Ms. Mitchell with "Gone With the Wind") instead of wanting to represent an entire town. She also made the error of covering too long a length of time - from Civil War days to before WWII - which stretches it too thin, and leaves a lack of character development, as too many people and too many years leave too little room for that. Chapters come across more like sketches of life in a small midwestern town, whereas I'd prefer details of life in a big city like Chicago any day. Nothing against small towns, but when that's the subject, I'd rather read a more average sized novel with less people coming and going.

There were several people I wish had never shown up at all, like the foolish doctor who threw his life away over the cold, materialistic woman he made the mistake of marrying. She left him for a rich man, taking their son with her, and he completely fell apart, despite his successful practice, and supportive family and friends. He was too weak to feel sorry for.

It just hit me, that I recall this character because, though a loser, he was more interesting than the other, more central ones. That about says it all. The book does have some merits, I'll give it that much, and if some brave soul wants to check it out, so be it, but if they're trying to choose between this and another book, it's best to go with the other. ( )
  EmeraldAngel | Jun 3, 2021 |
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
Whoamygod is this one long. And dull. It became more like a personal challenge for me to just be able to claim I finished the thing. I did it. ( )
  wills2003 | Jul 30, 2020 |
An American classic!
This book is to the North what Gone with the Wind was for the south!
I am sorry I waited so long to read this one. It is a luxurious read. It has EVERYTHING-birth, death, natural disaster, America’s industrial growth, politics and religion.
This truly is a piece of American literature to be enjoyed and absorbed.
I was surprised at how I felt attachment for the characters. When I finished this book, I was in tears and felt like I lost a dear friend. I chose to read it since I had discovered I had civil war ancestors. I wanted to know more about what life may have been like for them. I learned a lot.
The author was born in 1895 so in reality, she wrote about experiences of people she may have known in her own life.
Enjoyable, delicious read. If you do read this book, just enjoy your time spent with it,it is not wasted time!
One of my all time favorites.
If I could give 10 stars I would


Update- never read the same author's book one right after another,I always take a break,but for Sanmyer,I just can't leave her world. Her writing is beautiful and her stories are memorable and lovely!I have been devouring her books since I finished And ladies of the Club. ( )
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...''Ladies'' gives a superficial portrait - more mindlessly documentary in impulse, than naturalistic - of people we would rather not know. Though the author seems entirely sincere in her sympathy for her characters - there is not a trace of irony to be found in the book - the residents of Waynesboro still come across as a peculiarly bigoted, snobbish lot.
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The Waynesboro Female College in the eighteen fifties and sixties was a fitting subject, along with the Court House, the churches, the "gentlemen's mansions," for a steel engraving of the sort then fashionable,--
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"A great novel that is American to its core...so gently memorable, so bursting with life, that those who abandon themselves to its pages will find it claiming a permanent place close to their hearts." --New York Daily News "A warm, evocative, often hilarious picture of society, culture, politics and family life." --Atlanta Constitution "A warmly human story...never flags from first page to last." --Publishers Weekly A groundbreaking bestseller with two and a half million copies in print, "...And Ladies of the Club" centers on the members of a book club and their struggles to understand themselves, each other, and the tumultuous world they live in. A true classic, it is sure to enchant, enthrall, and intrigue readers for years to come. "It is hard to think of a better place to spend the summer than in AHelen Hooven Santmyer's? world." --Cosmopolitan

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