5 thoughts on “Crewe Train

  1. It’s always a treat to stumble across a book by an author I’ve never read before, only to open it up and discover that what’s inside is magic. Rose Macaulay’s writing is smart, understated, and deliriously funny in a saucily deadpan sort of way – she had me at the dedication (which I’d quote here but my mom has the book because it was so fabulous I needed to share it with someone pronto.) Denham, the truculent, self-reliant, laconic lead character, has to be one of my favorite female protagonist

  2. So, Denham Dobie is an awkward, poor relation from “down there” (one of those swarthy, southern places, in this case, Andorra) come to live with her swell relations in sparkling, early 20th century London. She doesn’t seem to get it, and they her, and nary the two shall meet. The frisson between them is interesting, and told by Macaulay in a wonderfully trenchant prose. Dobie’s constant questioning of the values, habits and conventions of proper society are alternately comical and tragic, and al

  3. Crewe Train fa riferimento a una ballata popolare inglese che recita:

    “Oh, Mr. Porter, whatever shall I do?
    I want to go to Birmingham, but they’ve sent me on to Crewe!”

    e simboleggia la strada sbagliata che viene imboccata dalla protagonista, la giovane Denham Dobie. In realtà questa strada non è sbagliata in sé e per sé, ma è molto lontana dalle sue reali aspirazioni. Denham è la figlia di un pastore vedovo, in pensione, che ha lasciato il suo lavoro non per motivi di coscienza, come sostiene, ma

  4. Denham Dobie is the daughter of a widowed English clergyman who retired from his clerical duties due to his antisocial nature. They spent several years in Mallorca until they began to be drawn into local society and the English came.

    “Here is one of the points about this planet which should be remembered; into every penetrable corner of it, and into most of the impenetrable corners, the English will penetrate. They are like that; born invaders. They cannot stay at home. So that even in the deser

  5. Mildly entertaining, and probably rather racy in its day. I guess the author was aiming to expose the shallowness of a certain London set, but it didn’t ring quite true to me. I felt that she was too much part of what she was trying to mock, and the contrast between Denham and the relations she had to live with was rather crudely done. And the Cornish episode over-egged the argument. However, it is interesting to note that gossip never changes.

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