(FREE) [When Nights Were Cold] by Susanna Jones

Nt Grace and its members Locke and Parr for the rest of their Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes—from Punk to Indie and Everything in Between lives Grace is a unreliable narrator Heroved ones are of the opinion that she is not sound of mind but who are we to trust because through her eyes they are the ones that are not sane There are vague references to medication and hallucinations that once afflicted her father but there is great mystery surrounding her state of mindMountaineering did not have as arge a part as I thought that it would and that disappointed me slightly but this novel was in no way boring or uneventfulThis was a dark atmospheric novel that sought to mislead and deceive the reader Grace and women in general seem to suffocate under the restrictions and expectations of their sex The entire novel had a very claustrophobic feel to it both socially mentally and physicallyA great novel very much in the vein of Sarah Waters A high uality novel in terms of style of writing and vivid description The storyline however falters at some points and does not have the pace and cogency which I would have ikedAs a psychological thriller this is story given by an unreliable narrator As it goes on and of the story is made up of scenes which may be imaginary or misunderstood Indeed it is possible that all of these expeditions and disasters are merely hallucinations an indication of that is the mental instability of expeditions and disasters are merely hallucinations an indication of that is the mental instability of narrator s father Has she inherited his state of mindThe ending to me is unclear Does she perish in the fire she sets in the family home This is rather 5 Nights: Sinful Delights Boxed Set like the actions of the mad wife in Jane Eyre Or does she set fire to this place of sad memories and just run offI agree with some other commentators on When Nights Were Cold that the most powerful part of the text is theooking back on early friendships and the nostalgia for youth in a world which has been taken away by changeIn some psychological thrillers there is an afterword sometimes written in the form of a newspaper report a The Seventh Witch letter from an observer or a coroner s decision giving an impartial view of the real status and fate of the narrator This novel would be very much better with such an addition It would improve the story with clarity and interest Excellent novel about theife of Grace Farringdon a young woman in the early 1900 s who wants to And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake leave her stifledife Eventually she gets to Candlin College where she meets Leonora Locke Cicely Parr and Winifred Hooper and starts the Antartic Exploration Society Looking back on how she is the only surviving member Grace tells her story and evokes the restrictions on women with great atmosphere Loved it Grace Farringdon has always been obsessed with polar exploration and diligently follows the exploits of Scott and Shackleton When she enrolls at Candlin College she sets up a Ladies Polar Exploration society joined by her friend Leonora Locke an aspiring playwright and suffragist Winifred Hooper a budding botanist and Cicely Parr an irascible mountaineer whose parents died in a climbing accident but who continues to climb with her intrepid aunt and uncleDisaster strikes during an expedition to the Alps and World War I also intervenes to divide the friends A return journey to the Matterhorn brings yet another catastrophe but this time it may have been manmade As the Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America last remaining member of the society and an isolated spinster Grace is the one recalling the incidents of those years roughly 1904 1923 But is her account reliable She has always had a vivid imagination and after gra I enjoyed this one albeit with a shudder of relief that Iive here and now From the start of the book the reader is made aware that the reclusive narrator is notorious for some reason and the narrative flickers back and forth between her present and her childhood and adventurous early adulthood My favourite part of the book was the account of Grace s escape to an early women s college and her friendships with three other students with an interest in the Antarctic Their small rebellions and struggles against the restrictions of Edwardian society develop into an increasingly claustrophobic story of dreams denied as both Grace and her compliant older sister buckle under the weight of social and family expectations The mountain seuences are excellent and Grace s voice is well done and unsettling to exactly the right degree It s a cold read one that I appreciated and found interesting than one that ignited my passion but I recommend it. Candlin a women's college filled with intelligent women she finally feels her ambitions beginning to take shap. I was intrigued by the idea of a novel about Edwardian ady mountaineers and I was even intrigued when I placed the name of the author Because I recalled that Susanna Jones specialises in dark storytelling unreliable narrators and psychological drama I hoped that When Nights Were Cold would be something rather special and it very nearly was When Grace Farringdon was growing up she and her father followed the polar explorations of Ernest Shackleton and his contemporaries studying every detail they could find It was only supposed to be a diversion for a The Color of Our Sky little girl Grace and her sister were expected to grow up into obedient women who wouldook after their parents and find good respectable husbands They both wanted and their parents tried to clip their wings They succeeded with Catherine but not with Grace She escaped after using covert means to secure a place at an all women college It was wonderful to watch and my heart rose for Grace and fell for Catherine There s a fine ine between realism and pastiche and another between drama and melodrama Susanna Jones walks both rather well It was wonderful to arrive at university with Grace What a wonderful world it was a world full of women seeking knowledge that no man may enter a world where women were freed from social conventions and addressed only by their surnames a world of cocoa evenings social clubs new friendships and so only by their surnames a world of cocoa evenings social clubs new friendships and so wonderful possibilities Grace was inspired and full of confidence she formed forms the Antarctic Exploration Society to follow and maybe even to emulate their adventures Three other women joined Grace s new venture Leonora Locke the confident and sociable daughter of iberal parents who wants to experience everything college can offer before she steps out into the world Winifred Hooper who is apprehensive about possible adventures but curious and unwilling to be Obsession left out of any adventures that might present themselves before she settles into the traditional roles of wife and mother and Cecily Parr who is clever forthright knowledgable and eager to take theead A diverse uartet indeed and that confirmed the idea I had that all of this was a Cabaret: A Roman Riddle little bit contrived But the relationships between the four had a very interesting dynamic and the story had so many possibilities There would be adventures there would be tragedies and there would be repercussions It was compulsive reading In the end Grace would be the only survivoriving alone in the family home that she had hated The stories of her friends of her family of just how she got there are complex and uite extraordinary And as those stories unfolded I began to uestion Grace s sanity and to uestion just how reliable her account of her ife really was She was a wonderfully storyteller catching the dark atmosphere of her home the cold intensity of her adventures the tangled relationships that surrounded her so very very well The story became and intense dark and claustrophobic before winding up with a wonderful twist I oved it but still I have to uibble a ittle Early in the story I oved the way Susanna Jones pitched her story between realism and pastiche and between drama and melodrama But All Roads Lead Home later I began to wish that she would take her story one way or the other and embrace that direction wholeheartedly And I wish some of her ideas had been developed aittle and some of the story opened out a ittle she had four women undergraduates with opposing views had four women undergraduates with opposing views women s suffrage and I wanted to hear them argue but I didn t I wanted to spend time with the Antarctic Exploration Society to follow every detail of their activities It isn t that this wasn t a really good book it was it s just that I have a feeling that it could have been just a ittle deeper and richer From Shade Point Hours have passed and I am shivering I could sit down here until I freeze et frost be my skin and et icicles hang from my chin The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis let glaciers creep through London and crush my house It is how I haveived these fifteen yearsSince her superb debut novel The Earthuake Bird Susanna Jones has been crafting a place as one of this country s most impressive writers She excels in dark psychological mystery Not procedural mystery with detectives and so on but the kind of sharp dissection of our devices and desires that reminds me of Du Maurier or HighsmithThis new novel is her finest and that s from someone who iked the previous three very much Something about it. As ueen Victoria's reign reaches its end Grace Farringdon dreams of polar explorations and of escape from her. S chilly madness has stuck with me and I find myself returning often to her alternating worlds of Victorian drawing room and towering mountainside that seem to collapse together both eually as forbidding and terrorisingJust before the First World War Grace Farringdon manages to secure a place at Candlin Women s College very much against the wishes of her austere parents There her childhood dreams of ice wishes of her austere parents There her childhood dreams of ice exploration will become a reality as she forms an Antartic Exploration Society that will ead Grace and three fellow members into darkness on the alps Imbued with this sense of adventure by a wounded and tragic seafarer of a father the novel explores the dreams and fears that steep in the bl I have never read anything by this author before and was not encouraged by the cover saying a gripping psychological thriller However I didn t feel this book was a psychological thriller and it certainly wasn t gripping for meOn the positive side the book covered some potentially very interesting topics and had any #of these areas as described by previous reviewers been developed I #these areas as described by previous reviewers been developed I would have enjoyed the book However they were not and the tantalising glimpses before the author changed tack yet again were just frustratingWhat was real and what was in the protagonist s imagination Did I really care No I guess this switching between the protagonist s imagination Did I really care No I guess this switching between the was what was meant to make it a psychological thriller but it just frustrated me and made me put the book down and go off to do something productive If it hadn t been the first book for a new reading group I certainly wouldn t have bothered to finish itIt will be interesting to hear what other members of the group have to say especially as the author is going to attend the meeting As the Second World War approaches Grace Farringdon a onely and reclusive woman is sheltering from the world in what was once her family home in Dulwich now inhabited by Grace and a pair of eccentric odgers Estranged from her sister and seemingly without friends she is haunted by memories of the past and we soon discover she is a figure of such notoriety that a journalist may be trying to break into her house She also reveals that she is the only survivor of the Society following what seems to have been an expedition that went horribly wrong Over the course of the night she Just Cause looks back on her memories of the events thated up to this incident which form the bulk of the book s thoroughly engrossing narrativeGrace s memories take us back to the days of her youth when she onged for escape Obsessed with explorers such as Scott and Shackleton the celebrities of their day she dreams of adventure but is constantly stifled by her overbearing father and Hell did this book make me angry I felt cheated by this one Probably because I expected something totally different This is basically just yet another novel about a Victorian heroine being straight aced by strict parents and as a result unable to fulfill her dreams wasting her ife dreaming and slowly going mad A Guardian uote promised a gripping psychological thriller which totally ed me unto the wrong track The plot sounded promising with its Shackletonarctic exploration angle Little did I know that all the aspirations of the Arctic Society the narrator Grace Farringdon founded would stay imaginary and only amount to some hare brained students playing explorers with their fingers on the map The alpine part stays a sketch too revealed only in glimses and in hindsight Ok two of the friends manage to climb the Matterhorn ater on ed by a native guide and wit disastrous results but maybe that too was only a fever dream of the unhinged narrator who is getting and unreliabel as the story unfolds I also was not too impressed by the writing which stayed oddly flat staying on the surface of things but maybe that was intentional as Farringdon is not one given to try and decipher the feelings of others Review also seen on Farringdon has always been mesmerized and fascinated with the great explorers and often daydreams that she could one day accompany Shackleton on a voyage to Antarctica Grace decides that she will attend university against the wishes of her family and the expectations of society There she meets ike minded women and forms an Antarctica Exploration Society Soon play acting is not enough and they begin to embark on a ife changing journey The tragic events of their first real climb hau. Stifling home with her protective parents and eccentric agoraphobic sister But when Grace secretly applies to.

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