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The Shell Seekers (original 1987; edition 2013)

by Rosamunde Pilcher

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Title:The Shell Seekers
Authors:Rosamunde Pilcher
Info:St. Martin's Press
Collections:Books owned - all formats, E-books - Kindle
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Tags:fiction, wartime, World War II, read 2012, pleasant

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The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher (1987)

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64-year-old Penelope Keeling is returning to her country house following a heart attack, and her three adult children have varying reactions to the news. The narrative is actually a series of deftly interwoven vignettes that shift back and forth in time; each chapter centers on one of the principal players in the family's history. The unifying thread is an oil painting entitled "The Shell Seekers," done by Penelope's father. Pilcher's characters are well-drawn, real, and engrossing people.
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
64-year-old Penelope Keeling is returning to her country house following a heart attack, and her three adult children have varying reactions to the news. The narrative is actually a series of deftly interwoven vignettes that shift back and forth in time; each chapter centers on one of the principal players in the family's history. The unifying thread is an oil painting entitled "The Shell Seekers," done by Penelope's father. Pilcher's characters are well-drawn, real, and engrossing people.
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
This was a fairly insipid family saga that spanned from just before WWII to contemporary times. Each chapter focused on a particular character, with the chapters typically jumping back and forth through time. The main character is Penelope, who we meet at 64 (and she is weirdly referred to as elderly! Really?). Her three children are all horribly selfish and two are greedy, out to grab the precious painting that Penelope's artist father had given her as a wedding gift. I often found myself skimming the long descriptive passages of gardens and seashores. ( )
  bookfest | Feb 22, 2016 |
Penelope is sixty-four, and has just discharged herself from hospital when we first meet her. Her family is gradually introduced through the course of this wonderful long saga novel, with the past and present becoming gradually intertwined.

Each chapter focussing on a different person leads on neatly to the next. The characterisation is superb, the gradual unfolding of the past works extremely well. There's a poignant climax, a little shocking in the first read, although it wasn't too disturbing; the ending is handled very well. Excellent, and well worth re-reading regularly. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
London - today/WWII - Penelope + her picture + 3 children slight saga - good reading

At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling's prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father, and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather's work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer...and it lies in her heart.
  christinejoseph | Oct 31, 2015 |
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At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling's prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father, and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather's work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer...and it lies in her heart.

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A mild heart attack confronts Penelope Stern with her own mortality, and she decides to return to the small town of Porthkerris on the coast of Cornwall. There she will visit the scenes of her famous father's artistic life.

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