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The Mallen Streak

by Catherine Cookson

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Back in my teenage years (late 1970s), M I used to borrow Mu'm's favourite Catherine Cooksons. Not really my thing anymore. But with 40 more years of reading experience, I had fun identifying how much this ‘family saga’ really does draw on traditional sagas. There’s a plot based on power, seduction, fracticide and rape. Everyone’s characters and fates are set at birth. And the underlying values are definitely pre-Christian, despite the nominally Victorian setting. It’s also interesting to see that ‘telling’ (as entirely against the advice to novice writers: ‘show, don’t tell’) can be an economical and effective way of, erm, just telling a story. And when ‘plain words’ are also in fashion? Well, given Mum’s love of crosswords, the embellished vocabulary must have provided a treat as precisely in line with audience expectations as the slightly racy bits. ( )
  Bernadette877 | Jul 19, 2015 |
Just arrived from UK through BM.

This is the first book of the Mallen's Trilogy.

The plot describes how a rich family, the Mallens, have their destiny subtle changed by Thomas son, a real gambler. But Thomas is also very well known as a rapist among the village women. This brings a lot of tragedy, vengeance and forbidden love into the narrative.

Dame Cookson had a prodigal way of writing captivating stories and give us another great masterpiece of literary fiction.

The story continues with the second volume of this trilogy, The Mallen Girl.
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  Lnatal | Mar 31, 2013 |
Just arrived from UK through BM.

This is the first book of the Mallen's Trilogy.

The plot describes how a rich family, the Mallens, have their destiny subtle changed by Thomas son, a real gambler. But Thomas is also very well known as a rapist among the village women. This brings a lot of tragedy, vengeance and forbidden love into the narrative.

Dame Cookson had a prodigal way of writing captivating stories and give us another great masterpiece of literary fiction.

The story continues with the second volume of this trilogy, The Mallen Girl.
( )
  Lnatal | Mar 31, 2013 |
Just arrived from UK through BM.

This is the first book of the Mallen's Trilogy.

The plot describes how a rich family, the Mallens, have their destiny subtle changed by Thomas son, a real gambler. But Thomas is also very well known as a rapist among the village women. This brings a lot of tragedy, vengeance and forbidden love into the narrative.

Dame Cookson had a prodigal way of writing captivating stories and give us another great masterpiece of literary fiction.

The story continues with the second volume of this trilogy, The Mallen Girl.
( )
  Lnatal | Mar 31, 2013 |
Just arrived from UK through BM.

This is the first book of the Mallen's Trilogy.

The plot describes how a rich family, the Mallens, have their destiny subtle changed by Thomas son, a real gambler. But Thomas is also very well known as a rapist among the village women. This brings a lot of tragedy, vengeance and forbidden love into the narrative.

Dame Cookson had a prodigal way of writing captivating stories and give us another great masterpiece of literary fiction.

The story continues with the second volume of this trilogy, The Mallen Girl.
( )
  Lnatal | Mar 31, 2013 |
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High Banks Hall showed its sparsely-windowed back to beautiful woodland and the town of Allendale in the far distance, whilst its buttressed and emblazoned and many-windowed face looked out over its formal gardens on to mountainous land, so austere and wild that given its short summer beauty brought no paeans of praise except from those who had been bred within the rigours of its bosom.
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Mallen of High Banks Hall had many sons, most of them out of wedlock. But to all of them, he passed on his mark – a distinctive flash of white hair running to the left temple known as the Mallen Streak. It was said that those who bore the streak, borne by the sons generation after generation, seldom reached old age or died in their beds and nothing good ever came of a Mallen. The lives of all those connected to the family, by blood or otherwise, was touched by the Mallen curse.

Thomas Mallen, heir of High Banks Hall, found himself a ruined man as he faced disaster and financial ruin in the turbulent 1850s. Amid scandal and disgrace, he was forced to sell the Hall and adjust to a new and very different mode of living. With him went his two young wards and their indomitable governess. Then into their lives came the Radlet brothers of Wilbur farm, one of whom bore the unmistakable Mallen streak.
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In 1851, Thomas Mallen found himself a ruined man, forced, amid scandal and disgrace, to sell High Banks Hall, and adjust to a new way of living. With him went his two young wards, Barbara and Constance Farington. Originally published: London: Heinemann, 1973.… (more)

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