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Every morning, John Pentland visits her and speaks with her despite her insanity.

1927: Early Autumn, by Louis Bromfield

August 24, at 6: Olivia rejects Michael O’Hara’s love, realizing that she is the only person strong enough to hold the Pentland family together through the coming years of immense change. And that happened pretty early in the book.

I think all in all, Early Autumn was a bit of a wash for me. Sabine Callendar grew up in the Pentland family, conforming to all of their rigid rules regarding proper social behavior, but she fled vy her mids.

It seemed like a nondescript melodrama, and nothing that history can’t easily leave behind. It is at this point that the subtlety begins to go out the window.

Also newly arrived in Durham is Michael O’Hara, an Irish immigrant who has achieved wealth and political prominence in Boston. Reading an older author like Bromfield has made me appreciate that many of today’s authors lack depth and literary skill in their writing. I liked this book for its subtle presentation of wisdom.

I’m not really sure what to say about this Pulitzer Prize Winner. No, I fancy you practised loving me through a sense of duty. Pentland, who tells her that there is a secret in the attic which could not only destroy but also free the family.

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 pointless.

Soames is unseemly so Aunt Cassie saysbut no one can openly criticize him for it as John Pentland is the patriarch of the family. But bromdield felt genuine to me given the setting, given especially the stagy quality that the Pentlands bromfiel because of who they are. It auutmn lend itself brilliantly to film. Olivia has an important choice to make in the book and this is the main plot of the story and, even though it is predictable what she will choose, she’s still very interesting and has a fair amount of depth.


In “Early Autumn,” the Pulitzer Prize winner ofwe have the story of a family, its place in the society of the times and the rigid rules for family members who were almost the aristocracy of New England.

Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield | Reading the Pulitzer Prize Winners for Fiction

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here This book won the Pulitzer Prize, but I can’t see why. Bromfield studied agriculture at Cornell University from to ,[1] but transferred to Columbia University to study journalism.

The story recounts the lives of the Pentlands in post World War I Durham during brommfield summer and early fall, mostly from the point of view of Olivia, the 40 year old wife of Anson Brimfield.

Beautiful, kind Olivia Penfield lives a stifling existence with a soulless husband and his puritanical New England family. All the characters have their varied histories and they all want different things out of life.

The family history almost forced the living to live a lie. She does see her daughter trying to escape from this family web and it seems to give her a small glimmer of hope. Her husband spends his time working on charities or on the family genealogy. The characters were what struck me first.

Ye I really liked this book. This was not the case here.

Jack has been a very sick child who would actually die — it feels like no spoiler alert is needed since this looming tragedy is mentioned from early on, the doctor had said it would happen and his mother knows that the son was kept alive only by her efforts and those of John Pentland…indeed, when the poor boy dies, she feels sorry that he had to live this miserable existence of pain, disease and restrictions. Afterward, he visits Mrs. Soames, never to have bromfidld in another intimate act with anyone.


No one spoke directly anymore. March 16, at Very good discriptions of thoughts and feelings of one standing at middle age looking at lost opportunities of youth vs.

O’Hara soon tells Sabine that he has fallen in love with Olivia, and Olivia reciprocates.

I found this book on my quest for a classic written by an author who lived in Ohio. Olivia speaks repeatedly of living in an enchantment that numbs her life. It’s basically about the turn of the 20th century societal transformation from staid New England colonial countryside elites to a new order.

Dec 23, ShaLisa rated it really liked it. Everyone is unhappy, whether a martyr to tradition although she gets no pleasure from it, or a person who flouts tradition out of bitterness and gets no pleasure out of that. Olivia is unhappy; her husband ignores her and she f Early Autumn won the Pulitzer Prize inand I can see why. Jul 07, Jimmy rated it liked it Shelves: The landscape around Durham is without color, as are the Pentlands.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In the end, the book has much more to say than I would have expected about duty, and about belief, and love in a strange way. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: She has loved madly and lived wildly and she is not afraid of upsetting the order of things. I will definitely read more Bromfield. He lives in Pentland Manor, a large and old-fashioned manor house, with his sister, Cassie.

See 1 question about Early Autumn…. Fasti ormai trascorsi, complice la malattia dell’unico erede maschio rimasto alla dinastia. His prose drifts, ephemeral, insubstantial–just like the lives of the Pentlands.

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