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Books by Louis Bromfield. Early Autumn is only an OK book. When Bromfield wants to make a point, he repeats whole sentences over and over again, not over the whole course of the book, but just a paragraph or two apart.

A very lovely story, in the end, and a melancholy one—but beautiful even in its sadness. Sybil is in love with Jean, and creates scandal by pursuing him relentlessly. Views Read Edit View history. The characters are very flat, and it’s too explicit that they just represent ideas.

Mar 30, Elizabeth Alaska rated it really liked it Shelves: John Pentland, broken-hearted at the death of his grandson, changes his will and leaves all his money to Olivia. There is a real richness to Olivia Pentland, in particular, and Bromfield really gives her a full range of emotions and impulses that makes it wonderful to stay at her side through some very difficult patches.

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The reader realizes it is the nurse, Miss Egan. The other young people escape, in the sense that the daughter elopes with her lover, a young man of no social standing. The Pentland family is rich and part of the upper class, but their world is rapidly changing. She meets a man who brings the thrill of love and a new meaning to life. Neither blood, nor circumstance, nor tradition, nor wealth, had made life for them an atrophied, empty affair, in which there was no need for eff I liked this book for its subtle presentation of wisdom.


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He knew, too, almost at once, on the day she had driven up to the door of the cottage, that she had made a discovery about life which he himself had made long since. This novel tells the story of the very wealthy Pentland family that is settled in New England eraly what happens when a member of their family returns to town after a long absence.

The flaw s are discussed below in the spoiler bit. I don’t believe a …more I am attempting to read all the books that have won the Pulitzer Prize, so I got a free copy of Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield. I don’t believe a book has ever bored me quite so much. Maybe I just don’t get the books that win the Pulitzer prize.

Her husband spends his time working on charities or on the family genealogy. She became Aunt Cassie’s ward. Olivia, again, showed valiant character with her honesty to herself and others without revealing harmful secrets. To ask other readers questions about Early Autumnplease sign up.

To believe the lie is more dangerous. She suspects Anson knows the truth, and is lying about the family in his oluis. Jun 09, Realini rated it really liked it Shelves: All the characters have their varied histories and they all want different things out of life. Somewhere she had learned all this. I highlighted many passages 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. Pentland, if you look at vromfield in the light they do.

Not one that really kept my interest.

You are commenting using your WordPress. He lives on an income from his elderly father-who doesn’t trust him to run the family business. John Pentland has lived in solitude after his marriage, for his now mentally sick wife has had a breakdown on the wedding night, seeing as she had a puritanical view of sex and she has only accepted it…once, after which the poor man lived in a platonic relationship with Ms.


Neither blood, nor circumstance, nor tradition, nor wealth, had made life for them an atrophied, empty affair, in which there was no need for effort, for struggle, for combat. It took me a while to get into.

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Early Autumn

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Notify me of new comments via email. As a girl, she was taught nothing of what is important in the world, she has married a man she has loved, but with what she received from Aunt Cassie among others, bromield was unable to find happiness with a man that was full of vitality and zest and who went on to marry another woman- strangely, Sabine would be friends with this other consort.

Return to Book Page. The story opens with the celebration of Olivia Pentland’s eighteen-year-old daughter, Sybil, who is being introduced into Boston society. July 26, at 3: Soames is unseemly so Aunt Cassie saysbut no one can openly criticize him for it as John Pentland is the patriarch of the family.

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These aufumn other characters, however, with the exception of Olivia, are caricatures, one-dimensional, in Bromfield s remorseless attack on upper-class lives. Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. May 04, Jerry Pogan rated it liked it. I appreciated that I could get to know bromfiepd characters well and understand the themes before jumping in with two feet. It was written in the late s, which was a slightly more verbose time in literature, and it lacked the sharp and powerful imagery of Fitzgerald.