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  • Title: In the Springtime of the Year
  • Author: Susan Hill
  • ISBN: 9780879238520
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback

  • Set in a rural English village, In the Springtime of the Year is an astonishingly acute novel built around young Ruth Bryce s struggle to deal with the sudden and accidental death of her husband, Ben Suddenly alone, Ruth must cope not only with Ben s death but also with his family who view her with suspicion and hostility Her sole companion is Ben s fourteen year old broSet in a rural English village, In the Springtime of the Year is an astonishingly acute novel built around young Ruth Bryce s struggle to deal with the sudden and accidental death of her husband, Ben Suddenly alone, Ruth must cope not only with Ben s death but also with his family who view her with suspicion and hostility Her sole companion is Ben s fourteen year old brother who understands Ruth s quiet determination to emerge from this tragedy with her integrity and independence intact.A young woman s ability to collect herself, by herself, in the face of oppressive circumstances, is the force behind this novel Told in a voice that is both honest and unsparing, it is an important addition to the oeuvre of a writer of real scope and power.
    Susan Hill
    Susan Hill was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in 1942 Her hometown was later referred to in her novel A Change for the Better 1969 and some short stories especially Cockles and Mussels.She attended Scarborough Convent School, where she became interested in theatre and literature Her family left Scarborough in 1958 and moved to Coventry where her father worked in car and aircraft factories Hill states that she attended a girls grammar school, Barr s Hill Her fellow pupils included Jennifer Page, the first Chief Executive of the Millennium Dome At Barrs Hill she took A levels in English, French, History and Latin, proceeding to an English degree at King s College London By this time she had already written her first novel, The Enclosure which was published by Hutchinson in her first year at university The novel was criticised by The Daily Mail for its sexual content, with the suggestion that writing in this style was unsuitable for a schoolgirl.Her next novel Gentleman and Ladies was published in 1968 This was followed in quick succession by A Change for the Better, I m the King of the Castle, The Albatross and other stories, Strange Meeting, The Bird of Night, A Bit of Singing and Dancing and In the Springtime of Year, all written and published between 1968 and 1974.In 1975 she married Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells and they moved to Stratford upon Avon Their first daughter, Jessica, was born in 1977 and their second daughter, Clemency, was born in 1985 Hill has recently founded her own publishing company, Long Barn Books, which has published one work of fiction per year.Librarian s Note There is than one author by this name.


    Commentaires:

    Francesca Nield
    Ruth instinctively feels the moment of death as her young husband Ben is killed by a falling tree. Overwhelmed by grief, she becomes increasingly isolated with only Ben's young brother visiting her in her remote cottage in the countryside. She neither cares for herself, nor what others think of her as she embarks on her private journey through grief, with its many twists and turns. The novel is written with a deep insight into the many facets of grief, so one immediately understands that the aut [...]

    Andrew McClarnon
    Having enjoyed 'Howards End is on the Landing', I'm looking to read more from Susan Hill. I picked this up at the library, not sure whether the subject matter would be engrossing. I can see that it is difficult to write a story around grief (its hard enough to say anything), so this was a nicely paced, well drawn portrait. I was distracted by some aspects of the scenario - why was it necessary to have Ben's family so extreme (given that he wasn't). When was it set (as it is so insular). Only two [...]

    Lynda
    This was the first Susan Hill novel I ever read. When I was a teenager and knew little of grief or loss. I read it again in the late summer of my years and appreciated what a marvellous sensitive depiction it was of the painful nature of the human condition which appears to be all about loss and change

    Sue
    Why did I read this? In fact I skimmed it, page after page of the same thing, over and over again. I am now about to cut my throat!!

    Claire McAlpine
    I enjoyed this as much as the other 3 I have read in the last year, it seems I can't go wrong with Susan Hill. All the books I have read so far are situated similarly, some small, poor village in rural England where not much happens and we are witness to an inner transformation after some event.It rambles along quietly, wonderful, poetic writing, perceptions change slowly so that when there is an actual event, no matter that it isn't exactly dramatic, it seems so just by its contrast with the in [...]

    Phil
    i read this book about twenty five years ago, not long after the death of my baby son who, coincidentally, was also named ben. as i read it, i realised that the author had known grief intimately and that she too had journeyed into a profound sorrow and through deep and utter despair in a similar way to that which i was experiencing. this book was a source of great comfort to me through those difficult times.

    Maha
    One of the saddest books I've ever read. It doesn't lie to you and tells you that things in the end are going to be better. No it rather shows you that the wheel of life is still turning and you must move with it even if you can't or not strong enough. I liked how the book dealt with death (though a bit too much), and it's not the person who died that is mourned it's who is left behind.

    David R. Godine
    "In the Springtime of the Year speaks of home-truths, of rituals, of long-established ways of life and of a sense of sharing (of a woman's) progress through stages of grief. It is less a novel than a portrait of an emotion, and as this it is poignant and convincing."— The New York Times

    Michael
    Moving account of one woman, virtually isolated, dealing with the loss of her husband and all that follows as a result. Beautifully written (as ever), inspiring and ultimately hopeful.

    Chroniclesoftania
    A boring and depressing book about the various stages of grief. Not one of my favourites from this author, but someone else might like it.

    Michele
    I first read this many years ago and was just dipping into it again today. One of those books I return to again and again with undimmed pleasure.

    Dominicm
    its a long time since I read this book but I still remember it as a tale that really gets into the process of grief, I'd read it again too.

    Kirsty
    I find Hill's novels a little hit and miss; this particular tome falls somewhere close to the latter. It wasn't awful, but I did find it a touch lacklustre. Whilst it is written well, there are rather a lot of repetitions with regard to the protagonist Ruth's thoughts and feelings, and I felt little sympathy for her with regard to her sudden thrust into widowhood because she just didn't feel realistic. It didn't quite live up to its interesting premise, and a lot of the secondary characters were [...]

    Lynette
    In the Springtime of the Year reads very much like a Shirley Jackson novel. However, there were some things that really bothered me. For the life of me, I couldn't reconcile Ruth's ages at different stages of the book. I thought she said they met when she was 19 and had been married for a year, but then in the course of the book, she turned 20. So that confused the heck out of me and actually distracted me from what was going on.I say this is reminiscent of Shirley Jackson due to the exploration [...]

    Alyson
    Through mis-reading the back of the book I kept waiting for an affair between Ruth and the brother, so weirdly, I was a bit disappointed with this book. However, for what it is, it's a very evocative depiction of one woman's emotional journey through grief, and the countryside around her. It had a timeless quality to it, and although clearly set sometime in the pre-modern society of today, I found it difficult to locate it specifically in a moment in time. Not sure if I've read any other Susan H [...]

    Alistair
    Set in a rural English village, In the Springtime of the year is an astonishingly acute novel built around young Ruth Bryce's struggle dealing with the sudden and accidental death of her husband, Ben. Ruth must not only cope with Ben's death but also with his family who view her with suspicion and hostility. Cut off from her in-laws she becomes increasingly isolated, hiding herself away in her cottage. Her sole companion is Ben's fourteen year old brother who intuits Ruth's determination to emer [...]

    Kevin Darbyshire
    A totally different kind of read. This book seems timeless as Susan Hill gives no real clues as to the period that the book is set. The description of grief is so strong it feels almost intrusive to be reading about it at times. I was a little disappointed at the characters in Bens family (apart from Jo his younger brother) as they seem so dysfunctional and generally tortured. This seem so far away from the description of Ben. I liked the ending with a gradual light at the end of the tunnel for [...]

    Daren Kearl
    An amazing immersive read that explores the isolation and clarity of moment that comes with grief. The metaphors and similes used to describe the changing scenery and nature were beautiful - "Now it was Thursday. Only another day and another night, only this small amount of precious time, like a globule of water hanging from a tap, but ready to fall, to burst open." I like a melancholy read and listened to Arvo Part's Spiegel im Spiegel whilst reading to really set the mood.

    Sally Wragg
    Beautifully written and evocative prose, I think Susan Hill is a hugely gifted writer. When her husband, Ben is killed in a tragic accident, Ruth is left wondering how to fill the rest of her life without him. The book deals with how she copes with her grief and eventually manages to work through her sometimes fraught relationship with her husband's family. It is a very sad story though and the sort of book you need to be in the right mood to read.

    Jen
    I feel like I don�t have much to say about this one, simply because it was so perfectly written. It was elegant, it was dignified, and it never tried to make the death of a spouse into anything more than it needed to be. Other writers might have tried to throw more twists and turns into the plot, but the simplicity of the story was perfectly counterbalanced by the emotional complexity. I�d never read any of Susan Hill�s work before but I will definitely be reading more.

    Bobbi Naylor
    Although Susan Hill's prose is beautiful, as usual, I felt that the characters in this book, the protagonist in particular, didn't progress in any way much, or if so, did so too little and too slowly for my taste. I certainly recognized the grieving procedure described; in fact, it was a bit too realistic to be comfortable at times. Not a book to read if you're already feeling low.

    Shirley
    Surprised by the fact that I didn't like this book, since I so enjoy the mysteries Susan Hill writes featuring Simon Serrailler. This one seemed ok at the beginning, but what its point was, supposedly how a very young widow deals with her husband's unexpected death, seemed to drag with lots of description and not much happening.

    Bernadette Robinson
    I enjoyed this book on the whole. However, I did find it very descriptive in parts. I found that I could sympathise with Ruth and her predicament following the death of a loved one and her relationship with his family following it. None of us know how we will cope with bereavement and grief until it happens to us.

    Rosie Morgan
    Beautiful.Running my finger along my daughter-in-law's crammed bookshelves I found this book, what a gem. Susan Hill writes simply and evocatively, merging descriptions of seasonal English countryside with the seasons of grief. This story could hardly be classed as a page-turner, but I couldn't put it down!Inspirational.

    Jen Brown
    I first read "In the Springtime of the Year" many years ago.It's a beautiful book which made a profound impression on me.I feel a sadness round my heart even now,thinking & writing about it here.The least said ,the better: this is one of the best books I've ever read in my sixty-odd years of reading.

    Naomi
    The content is heavy and intensely internal; the story wanders through woods and flowers and cottages but most of all the human heart. The only plot to speak of is the progression and acceptance of terrible loss, and in this sense, the novel is masterful.

    Trashpalace
    È incredibile come un librino di nemmeno 200 pagine possa essere così intenso e denso di emozioni. Il percorso spirituale di una giovane donna costretta ad affrontare la morte improvvisa del marito, ucciso sul lavoro dalla caduta di un albero.

    Wendy
    utterly brilliant, I wish someone had recommend this book when my brother died. It is a sad book and I cried several times but it is also a story of how life goes on. Hope for the future. I highly recommend

    Emma
    I love Susan Hill and her book. She is one of my favourite authors but this book, which is under 200 ages took me over a month to read! I don't know whether I was just not focused when reading it or it was boring so I'm going to give it a "it's ok" rating x

    Christine Rennie
    It was a book on coping with grief and how people react differently.It was an honest account and not mawkish or sad. Just matter of fact!

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