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Pointed Roofs by Dorothy Miller Richardson

Pointed Roofs (1915)

by Dorothy Miller Richardson

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Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage is made up of 13 novellas, the first example of stream of consciousness style in English. They tell the life story of Miriam Henderson, providing an intimate portrait of a woman modeled closely on the author herself.

In Pointed Roofs, the first novella, 17-year-old Miriam's family has fallen on hard times, forcing her to take a position as governess in a German girls' boarding school. She is supposed to teach them to speak English, but there is no formal curriculum so she must teach entirely through casual conversations. Miriam finds it difficult to relate to the German girls and feels inadequate most of the time. The school's stern and pious headmistress does nothing to ease her anxiety. When the summer term arrives, Miriam faces a fork in the road and her decision sets the stage for the second novella.

For some reason, I expected the stream of consciousness style to be difficult but it wasn't at all, and I loved the way it put you inside Miriam's head, experiencing all of her thoughts in "real time." ( )
  lauralkeet | Dec 14, 2015 |
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Pointed Roofs (1915), is the first of thirteen novels in Dorothy Richardson's "Pilgrimage" Series. Please distinguish between it and any collection of these novels -- especially "Pilgrimage I," a compilation of Volumes 1 through 3 in the Series. Thank you.
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This 1915 novel was the first in Richardson's thirteen-volume Pilgrimage series. Based on the author's own life, and full of stylistic innovations--such as stream of consciousness technique--this book led Virginia Woolf to praise Richardson for having created "the psychological sentence of the feminine gender." It also launched one of the most remarkable, if undeservedly obscure, literary projects of the twentieth century. The book opens with our heroine, Miriam Henderson--a poor, open-minded, feminist-thinking, smoking, Ouida-reading, driven, seventeen-year-old.… (more)

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