• Title: Hetty Dorval
  • Author: Ethel Wilson Northrop Frye
  • ISBN: 9781903155479
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
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    Hetty Dorval This first novel written in by one of Canada s most distinguished novelists is a quiet subtle morally complex book about a young girl s growth from innocence to maturity Hetty Dorval seems to
    This first novel, written in 1947 by one of Canada s most distinguished novelists, is a quiet, subtle, morally complex book about a young girl s growth from innocence to maturity Hetty Dorval seems to have behaved unconventionally, indeed immorally a very ugly story has followed her from Shanghai to Vancouver But is Frankie s adult perception of Hetty to be preferredThis first novel, written in 1947 by one of Canada s most distinguished novelists, is a quiet, subtle, morally complex book about a young girl s growth from innocence to maturity Hetty Dorval seems to have behaved unconventionally, indeed immorally a very ugly story has followed her from Shanghai to Vancouver But is Frankie s adult perception of Hetty to be preferred to that of her childish innocence when she first met her There are thus many ways to read this book Is Hetty objectively a Menace Or is this a novel about the pernicious effect of gossip and about Donne s no man is an island quoted on the frontispiece Hetty has chosen to live outside society, but perhaps she should not be condemned for this perhaps she should be granted some of the primaeval, elemental qualities of the British Columbia landscape which is so beautifully described.

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    1. A novella about a young girl becoming infatuated with a beautiful woman, and finding as she matures that her idol has feet of clay. The setting in the area around Vancouver, Canada was lovingly portrayed, and I can see why Persephone Books chose this to reprint. A very nice read.

    2. This little gem of a book, published in 1947, with its hard green cover and smelly pages, took me back to my fourteenth summer, when I was first permitted to browse and borrow books at the "adult" section of our public library. Oh, the lands I visited and the lives I lived in those multitudes of pages turned!The pages of this particular book enable the reader to live along with Frances "Frankie" Burnaby, a schoolgirl whose family has a ranch near Lytton, British Columbia. Frankie frequently trav [...]

    3. This was a likable story in the innocent-learns-savvy tradition. But the most memorable character in the book was the setting, the carefully observed river, the mountains framed in a wall mirror, the sublime flight of geese.

    4. I loved the style of this coming-of-age story set mostly in 1940s western Canada. I started out thinking it was going to be a sweet, cosy read and then the final paragraph of chapter one hit me between the eyes. There are murky things going on beneath the calm and beautiful exterior of Hetty, 14-year-old Frankie's beautiful older friend, just as there are dangers lurking under the surface of the beautiful Thompson River.

    5. Spoilers!.Next instalment in my Persephone expedition. This book might be short, but there is plenty to say about it.Contrary to what the title suggests, the story focuses on Frankie Burnaby, a twelve-year-old girl, living in the Canadian village of Lytton. Her narration however is not as simple as it seems. The mention of Ernestine's fate on page 6 (and other foreshadowing comments later on) not only shocked me out of my reading, but also made it clear that Frankie is also 'talking' from an unk [...]

    6. Hetty Dorval is an imperfect but lively novella from Ethel Wilson, my new mania. I just went out yesterday and bought every Wilson book, some in very nice binding, because she has completely invaded my brain. Well, the Ethel Wilson that I imagine has, and I'm here to see if the Ethel Wilson of actuality is any good - and what kind of good.The story very quickly had me in its grip. It has a real focus of intensity that isn't far and away the greatest thing you've ever seen, but puts it a grade ab [...]

    7. The book started out strong, as it pulling me in right away. Unfortunately I found that the book was far too similar to books I've read before and that it followed a very stereotypical and predictable plot path. The narrative was spectacular. I enjoyed the writing style, and how the narrative flowed throughout the book. It pulled me in from the start, and it's what kept me reading until the end. I almost wanted to savour the book, just on the writing and narrative alone. Although this particular [...]

    8. I had never heard the author when I ordered this book from the library. Its main draw was the fact that it was a Persephone reprint. This first, short novel by Ethel Wilson is filled with wonderful descriptions of the interior of British Colombia. This is a coming of age story of young Frankie who over the course of 7 years (during the 1930's), periodically tangles with Hetty Dorval, a beautiful and completely self absorbed woman with a scandalous past. I loved the sweetness of Frankie’s relat [...]

    9. As a British Columbian living in the UK, I really loved this book. The description of BC was beautiful and the storyline had a good pace. If written in a different time period, this would have been an excellent lesbian themed book. Alas, it wasn’t but it was still an excellent and very unexpectedly touching book.

    10. This is a pleasant read - another take on the mysterious, shady lady theme seen from the perspective of a young admirer, Frankie. Gradually things emerge about Hetty, time moves on and Frankie's views modify, that well known part of growing up. The scenery of British Columbia makes a splendid backdrop.

    11. Oh how I adore Persephone Books. This novella was a nice little sojourn into a time and place unfamiliar to me. I quite enjoyed the tale as told by Frankie Burnaby. Frankie is straightforward in her delivery, and I found her seriousness so endearing. Quite clearly, the pre-World War II world that Hetty and Frankie inhabit is much different than mine, but don't we all know a woman like Hetty?

    12. I enjoyed other work by Ethel Wilson at University, but had never heard of this one when I discovered it on my library shelf. An odd little story, with an open ending, and a lot happening between the lines. Very atmospheric of the Lillooet area of BC, which isn't too far from where I live.

    13. My second book published by Persephone Books, Hetty Dorval feels like an underrated tale - much like all of the Persephone reprints! The length makes it a perfectly quick read and the setting a definitely picturesque one as well. 1940s British Columbia never looked sweeter.A quick read!

    14. A lovely, finely constructed novel. Especially nice to read when it seems people are unable write like this anymore.

    15. This was a very predictable book. It seemed like a fantasy story for a stay-at-home woman of the '50s who was perhaps bored with her day-to-day life. Not horrible, but not good either.

    16. Brilliant first novel by BC's master of fiction!Teenaged school-girl Frances Burnaby encounters the glamorous and mysterious Hetty Dorval in many unusual episodes.

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