Louis Bromfield: Early Autumn A Story of a Lady



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Beautiful kind Olivia Penfield lives a stifling existence with a soulless husband and his uritanical New England family Unable to stand a life with no joy or even diversion she starts an affair although it s retty tame by today s standards with a wealthy up and coming olitician and they fall Gettysburgs Battlefield Photographer-William H Tipton passionately in love Will Olivia leave the lies and oppression of her miserable in laws or will a sense of duty compel her to stay Early Autumn is only an OK book Thelot meanders along until reaching a very Husband In Training predictable ending and unlike other novels that tread this familiar ground Edith Wharton s brilliant Age of Innocence comes to mind the writing is oftenlodding and old fashioned Also for some reason many descriptions and ideas are repeated numerous times which slows down the actionThat said there are some great assages and some of the characters especially Olivia s conflicted father in law are wonderfully well drawn Louis Bromfield won the Pulitzer Prize for Early Autumn in 1927 The book is about a wealthy family in New England with a double life It chronicles the struggle as in many families between the family which the world sees and the one which remains hidden The story telling is great and is filled with secrets infighting deception and a keen focus on maintaining the family name at all cost This book surprised me and I enjoyed it very much I give it 5 stars I found this book on my uest for a classic written by an author who lived in Ohio After doing a bit of research I came across Louis Bromfield I learned he was born in Mansfield Ohio and that he wrote several books including this one a Pulitzer Prize winner I m happy to say that I found a gem in ways than one the book was fantastic and the author was uite enjoyable I will definitely read Bromfield So this book struck me as something that transcends its time He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1927 for this book and it was easy for me to see how this book was the winner Bromfield focuses his story on a rich Puritan New England family the Pentlands We get a glimpse into the Puritan world and the families daily livesI think what set this apart for me was the exploration of gender roles in relation to Puritan society view spoilerThe reader is thrust into the struggle of Olivia who was in an unhappy marriage contrasted with the freedom of Sabine after the end of marriage she didn t want to end It was fascinating to me as Bromfield explored their emotional feelings as these two very different women who each face their own challenges I appreciated seeing Olivia displayed as the strong character whom was relied upon by the atriarch hide spoiler The winner of the 1927 Pulitzer Prize Normally I am not a fan of early 20th century novels because they are very mel. Bromfield takes a close look at the Pentlands a fictional rich family in New England exposing the hypocrisy and ignorance behind their luxurious facade Bromfie.

Odramatic full of Words of Radiance, Part 1 (The Stormlight Archive pathos and not very relatable This was not the case here The writing was lean andleasant the Lauras Summer Ballet (Laura, plot while dated was not exactly cliche I found myself invested in the lives of the Pentlands in a way that doesn t happen often Good book Jacobicked this up from the library to read for himself but I commandeered it for the weekend It took me a while to get into It was written in the late 1920s which was a slightly verbose time in literature and it lacked the sharp and owerful imagery of Fitzgerald But I was soon sucked in It s funnythe whole thing seemed very BritishNew England ish When I was halfway through the novel I realized that there had only been two events that seemed to have any effect on the lot at all But as I continued reading and happened and further nothing happening is central to the theme of the novel The book is about what happens when traditions become important than Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl people when a family name Pentland means than life itself It s also about whateople are like when they don t have to work for anythingwhen everything is given to them I think the book has its flaws although I still think it was fantastic The flaws are discussed below in the spoiler bit The dialogue was absolutely sparkling I kept thinking that someone ought to make a movie of this book if someone hasn t already It would lend itself brilliantly to film The author who for the most Film on the Left part tells the story somewhat clinically from the 3rderson also has moments of shiny wit The third Pentland had been the greatest evangelist of his time a man who went through New England holding high the torch exhorting rude village audiences by the coarsest of language to such a Public Policy Making pitch of excitement that old women died of apoplexy and young women gave birth toremature children This would also be a great vehicle for discussing symbolism At times I felt it was a bit heavy handed but I think that s only because I was looking for it There s a dash of Dickens esue naming too the family name Pentland seems to literally mean a land of imprisonment a The Artists Way Morning Pages Journal place where one isermanently The Mob pent up I d recommend this book if you were looking for something literary enough to give your English major heart a turn and simple enough to not be too challenging Also my writing style tends to mirror that of whatever I ve been reading Remember when I said that literature in the 1920s was verbose Look how long this review isSPOILER ALERTI feel slightly as if Nora had stayed with Torvald after all A Doll s House Part of me is satisfied that Olivia has foundeace in the end but it s a Gentlemen Prefer Curves (Perfect Fit, peace which I m not sure is genuine It almost has the same feeling as theeace one might have from finally loving Big Brother I m still rocessing it but it wasn t uite the. Ld's elouence when describing both his characters and their surroundings is breathtaking and his accuracy in describing the characters' complicated emotions ma.

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Cathartic ending I was aching for I feel a little ill at ease having just ut the book down Like the orchestra was building to one final crescendo ing note and then just went silent I m not sure if that s what the author is intending I ll keep Utopia processing I don t think I had ever heard of this book or this author before I started my Pulitzer challenge and I wonder why It is my favorite Pulitzer winner to date The writing and the story flowed effortlessly for me and I felt that in Olivia the author created a character who felt very real and timeless I highlighted manyassages and could relate to many of Olivia s thoughts and emotions despite the nearly 90 years which have elapsed since the writing of this book I found it to be a truly brilliant work of literature I suspect happy O Jogo do Acaso people don t make especially good stories and you ought not to expect many of them in this Oh there are a couple of them but they try not to openly flaunt it The others realize they gave up their shot at happiness when they were young and married the wrongeople for the wrong reasons So they were stuck Stuck because they believed and lived as if family and appearances count for a lot than happinessThe The Wedding Day prose is interesting enough to tell the story without getting in the way of telling the story I ve read books where goodrose made up for a less than great story but not here It s not necessarily a great story but good enough In the beginning I was curious why the Pulitzer Committee thought it worthy of its Firefight (The Reckoners, prize Do not be fooled all thoseages of laying a foundation makes the latter third very good reading Even so the ending is a bit redictable It s not the ending you want but you sort of know its coming The characterizations are good enough If you re making your way through the Pulitzers you ll be glad to have this one on the list For me just a good solid 4 stars but I m glad not to have missed it Yuck There were a lot of good elements here in the setting and the backstory but once I knew Olivia would be sacrificed to endless Duty I felt like it was ointless And that happened Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons Series) pretty early in the book The ending was weak and the moral was dissatisfying and murky Even the vocabulary was so limited repetitive andredictable It seemed like a nondescript 1925 melodrama and nothing that history can t easily leave behind I m not really sure what to say about this Pulitzer Prize Winner What I can say is that I really wonder how this book won the Stumble Into Love prize in the firstlace By 100 ages I really wanted to stop reading the book all together but struggled on First there were too many characters all who I didn t care about at all And secondly to me it seemed that there really wasn t much of story here Not one that really kept my interest. Kes it apparent that he knows human nature very well A fascinating study on the struggle of one woman to escape the stifling influence of her husband and in la.

Louis Bromfield was an American author and conservationist who gained international recognition winning the Pulitzer Prize and pioneering innovative scientific farming conceptsBromfield studied agriculture at Cornell University from 1914 to 19161 but transferred to Columbia University to study journalism While at Columbia University Louis Bromfield was initiated into the fraternal organizati