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A House Divided
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Amazon.com (ISBN 0684871211, Hardcover)Though Catherine Cookson passed away in 1998, her store of historic English countryside romances remains unexhausted. This latest posthumous book includes all of Cookson's favorite themes: class conflict, quirky local characters, skewered family dynamics, dutiful heroes, and virtuous heroines.
In the late 1940s, Michael Wallingham struggles to accept the reality of his post-war life. Having lost his vision in battle, Michael returns an embittered hero to his upper-crust family. Frustrated by his own weakness, his father's stern class formality, and his brother's jealousy, Michael finds solace and love in the arms of his nurse, Elizabeth Ducksworth.
Cookson fans will enjoy the careful development of this story line and the generous sprinkling of colloquial color. While the issues of class conflict may seem a bit stale to modern readers, themes of filial jealousy and marital vacuousness are eternal. A solid novel, even with its lack of profundity. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:04 -0400)
Matthew lies in a hospital bed, wondering what place there is for a blind man in the new social order of a Britain adjusting to post-war austerity.
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