Lolly Willowes, Or, The Loving Huntsman

Lolly Willowes, Or, The Loving Huntsman

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“[The book] I’ll be pressing into people’s hands forever is “Lolly Willowes,” the 1926 novel by Sylvia Townsend Warner. It tells the story of a woman who rejects the life that society has fixed for her in favor of freedom and the most unexpected of alliances. It completely blindsided me: Starting as a straightforward, albeit beautifully written family saga, it tips suddenly into extraordinary, lucid wildness.” - Helen Macdonald in The New York Times Book Review's “By the Book."

In Lolly Willowes, Sylvia Townsend Warner tells of an aging spinster's struggle to break way from her controlling family—a classic story that she treats with cool feminist intelligence, while adding a dimension of the supernatural and strange. Warner is one of the outstanding and indispensable mavericks of twentieth-century literature, a writer to set beside Djuna Barnes and Jane Bowles, with a subversive genius that anticipates the fantastic flights of such contemporaries as Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson.

Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, c1999
ISBN: 9780940322165
Branch Call Number: FICTION WARNER
Characteristics: xiii, 222 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Loving huntsman


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Oct 23, 2016

This lovely story lingered on in my mind for weeks after I read it and I still feel thrilled by the memory of Lolly in the forest.

Feb 18, 2016

A beautifully written, wonderful book; the author assumes ones literacy. Imagine only 90 years ago, a woman author had to create a fantasy to propose that women were capable of their own choices.

May 30, 2013

An interesting tale, well written. But so embedded in its time I had a hard time getting in to it. I put it down after about 50 pages and didn't go back.


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