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by Joanna Trollope

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Alice Jordan looks forward to moving into The Grey House, an 18th-century residence in a village full of friendly eccentrics.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. But the change of scenery leads to even greater changes.

A Village Affair book. First Joanna Trollope book I've read, and her overuse of subordinate clauses was wearisome. Reasonable plot, although I found it jumped around too much at the beginning without truly explaining anything. Okay characterization.

Where are you ringing from?’. I thought you were at Pitcombe-’ ‘I was. I left on Saturday. You can have too much village life. Anthony,’ Cecily said. What have you done?’. What have you done?’ en why are you going to Majorca?’. Because I’m a natural sponger, as you know, and I’m being given a fortnight’s shelter in return for repainting a loggia. Luxury shelter, mind yo. I don’t doubt it. How was everyone at Pitcombe?’. Fine,’ Anthony said heartily. There was a pause, and then Cecily said, ‘Well, off you go. And mind you do paint the loggia.

Over the books at one end was pinned a huge map of the estate

Over the books at one end was pinned a huge map of the estate. By the windows a vast partner's desk was heaped with papers, and parallel to the fireplace an amiable elderly red leather sofa faced a handsome portrait of the Unwin who had made the room and furnished its corners with a marble goddess, a Roman senator and a bronze, after Flaxman, of St Michael slaying Satan.

Joanna Trollope CBE (/ˈtrɒləp/; born 9 December 1943) is an English writer. She has also written under the pseudonym of Caroline Harvey. Her novel Parson Harding's Daughter won in 1980 the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association. Trollope was born on 9 December 1943 in her grandfather's rectory in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England, daughter of Rosemary Hodson and Arthur George Cecil Trollope.

A Village Affair, by highly acclaimed author Joanna Trollope, is a stylish, warm story of a marriage, a family, and a village affair. The Grey House is the final piece in the jigsaw of Alice Jordan's perfect life. It seems to be the ultimate achievement of her outwardly happy marriage - a loyal, if dull husband, three children, two cars and now the house.

Alice Jordan looks forward to moving into The Grey House, an 18th-century residence in a village full of friendly eccentrics

Alice Jordan looks forward to moving into The Grey House, an 18th-century residence in a village full of friendly eccentrics. But the change of scenery leads to even greater changes, as she forms a sudden, fierce friendship with an independent young woman named Clodagh-a friendship that will take her husband, the villagers, and Alice herself by complete surprise.

About Joanna Trollope. Joanna Trollope has been writing for more than 30 years. Her enormously successful contemporary works of fiction, several of which have been televised, include Other People’s Children, Marrying the Mistress, Girl from the South, Brother & Sister, Second Honeymoon, and Friday Nights. She was awarded the OBE i. ore about Joanna Trollope. People Who Read A Village Affair Also Read. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

Alice Jordan seemed to have the perfect life - a loyal, if dull husband, three children, two cars, and now a beautiful 18th-century building with its orchard and paddock. So why did she feel that something huge, something crucial was missing?

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The plot has been sufficiently detailed above. The virtues of JA's novels are well illustrated here--her conscientiously easy, fluid, unpretentious style (a la 'good writing does not seem like good writing'), her ensemble of complications, her detailing of the pains of parenting (the whole caboodle,from gooey diapers to the adult-child brat). In the fashion of two eminent post-war moralists (Graham Greene and Eric Rohmer, with a soupcon of Camus/Sartre), JT offers a variety of characters who offer a variety of judgments on the case; each character, whether grocer or literature professor, speaks like a moral philosopher (shades of a Moravia story), with the arch-druidessa's offering judgments that seem/appear most probably closest to the author's own (and a terribly English judgment it is, not at all American: middle Graham Greene). The ITV production, available on DVD, offers an excellent rendering, with the redoubtable Claire Bloom as earth-goddess/frisson queen mother-in-law, and Kerry Fox as the brat from hell. Well worth a read and a viewing. The whole might well serve a discussion group: Is the author too easy on some characters and too hard on others? Does the proffered exoneration--things are more "complicated" than...--justify gross cruely to one's spouse? Etc., etc.
Had to read this book until the end.
The Village life was set out with delightful detail about the villagers.Some people might find the central story rather difficult but it was dealt with sympathy and understanding.
Yet another brilliant Joanna Trollope. She never fails to please.
It's so easy
As always with this author - beautifully written, believable characters - lovely use of language. A difficult subject handled with compassion.
Joanna Trollope never goes for the easy way out. All of her books are full of people that are so real, so full of the layers of "humanhood," if you will, that we can't help but feel we know everybody in her books. This is, of course, her very great talent.
"A Village Affair" is, on the surface, the story of a marriage grown slightly stale after 3 children and the predictable daily chores that accompany parenthood. Alice and Martin are settled into a comfortable, upwardly mobile, slightly boring lifestyle. Neither is particularly happy, but neither will acknowledge this fact to themselves or each other.
When Alice's third child, Charlie, is born, Alice, the quintessential latter-day flower child, falls into a deep depression that she cannot shake. As she tries to regain her equilibrium, we are taken back to her earlier years as a university student whose wretched homelife spurs her to seek the life she imagines she wants. Alice's great flaw then, and later, when we meet her several years into her marriage, is that she has no notion of herself whatsoever, but only sees herself as reflected in the mirror of others' approval or disapproval.
Thus, when Alice is a very young woman, the reflected glory of Cecily Jordan, a famous gardener/author, leads Alice to marry Cecily's son Martin, even though she is not in love with him. It is Cecily and her beautiful house that Alice loves--but she doesn't realize it for quite a while. After the marriage, Alice is happy as a young wife, artist (she paints quite well and has a small following to whom she sells her works), and quasi-hippie, her long braid and offbeat clothes advertising her "otherness" to her admiring circle of friends and neighbors.
When her first child, Natasha, is born, Alice is able to keep going in this mold. Natasha is an easy baby, Alice is even more admired as the perfect wife and mother, and things are easy. But with the birth of James, a much more difficult little person, Alice begins to unravel. And finally, the birth of Charlie destroys any illustions she may have had of a happy and fulfilled marriage.
Enter Clodagh, the youngest and very flamboyant daughter of the "big house" in the village. Clodagh has a secret...but Alice doesn't know it for quite a while. As Clodagh swiftly and surely takes over Alice's life and identity, the two begin a quite unorthodox relationship that shocks the village, destroys Alice's reputation, ruins her marriage, and makes her finally, at long last, take a look at herself as a woman and a human being.
The ending is not predictable, the characters are not one-dimensional. There is great pain in this book...and great love. As happens many times with Trollope, I felt that Alice was my dearest friend, as close to me as a sister would be. I could see her in my mind's eye, see her clothes, her beautiful hair, her children--see her paintings, her house, and her garden. I understood completely where she was coming from, even when I despaired of her destructive actions.
"A Village Affair" proves once again that life is not black and white--and that things are rarely what they seem. It is written with charm, humor, compassion and warmth, almost as if Trollope herself despairs of her naughty Alice, but wants her so much to be OK at the end, as does the reader.
This book kept my interest until the very last sentence, and haunted me for days. It brings up as many questions as it answers, and offers no pat solutions. It is just, plain and simple, a story of ordinary, and very likeable, people.
This story would work better if it were not about lesbians. There is social collateral around this subject. People reading it are likely to be one or be affected by them. Whereas a novel can give great support and understanding to real life issues, this book seems to say that lesbians are shocking and unsuitable as realistic partners. At one point - late after the affair is discovered - Alice tells her father in law that love between women has always been belittled and made to seem a bit foolish. That would be true of this book.

The reactions of everyone in the story give credence and permission to all the bigots to carry on being shocked and judgemental. Not the single vicar nor the bohemian older lady, nor the closest friend give understanding and support to Alice. Only Michelle, the teenager, resigns her work at the shop in protest; and the only other kind person is pushed away and makes little effect on others. The overlooked father in law sounds like he is going to sympathise; but he says: if you'd married a better man, this wouldn't have happened. At the very end, Alice is comfortable and independent and her snooty friend confesses how she's missed. And the new local vicar supports her. But it's many pages too late.

If this had been a hetty affair,a selfish liaison that makes someone come alive would make sense. Of course that also could be appropriated by the reader if it resonated. But love between women is something else, and I wonder if Joanna understands it. Does she not realise that many women come out after several years of marriage, to realise this is who they are, what they have hidden about themselves? She makes Alice ripe for this, a young unsure woman from an unhappy home who feels safe and adopted by her boyfriend's family and accepts the life he offers but never feels quite right. There's no hints about feelings for women until Clodagh bursts out hers presumptuously. An early comment is that a distraught Alice is comforted by the masculine smell of the houseowner (an older man she is not attracted to)... which makes this book rather dated feeling, and sexist (true of the whole book). And it doesn't go with what Alice is going to feel for a new neighbour...

Although the affair does mean a new stronger start for Alice, Martin and Alice's parents - there are many who lose out, not really having learned or gained anything else.

I was also unsure about Joanna's storytelling style. The beginning is slow - there's nothing to draw us in and only at the end of the 1st chapter do we see that Alice is mysteriously upset. We don't meet Clodagh for 70 pages. There's a lot of back story - ch 2 is filling us in on the parent's lives like a biography. She gives details about carpets, hair and plants which sometimes slow down the e/motion. When she does show us (not tell), it is often in doubly past tense "he had said" - putting up glass, making us feel we're watching a live event on video and are not really there.

This scenario might have been chosen for its taboo and tension, but I think it has done damage, and has perpetuated the struggles of gay women in the midst of Thatcher's section 28 law into modern times when I hope we should know better and to give this complex situation the understating and support on all sides that it deserves.
Village Affair download epub
Author: Joanna Trollope
ISBN: 0552996343
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell (April 6, 1995)
Pages: 272 pages