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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.

He was regarding her now with a fixed expression of horrid fascination; he was perhaps even dazed at the sound of her voice, slowly, resolutely, tearing aside all the veils of pretense which had made their life possible for so long. The story recounts the lives of the Pentlands in post World War I Durham during late summer and early fall, mostly from the point of view of Olivia, the 40 year old wife of Anson Pentland.

The writing was lean and pleasant, the plot, while dated, was not exactly cliche. March 16, at 5: For me, just a good, solid 4 stars, but I’m glad not to have missed it.

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

Her parents died, and her home was lost to creditors. So far the books I read that won the Pulitzer, I haven’t really I barely got into this and I was just feeling a “no” from it. Olivia rejects Michael O’Hara’s love, realizing that she is the only person strong enough to hold the Pentland family together through bgomfield coming years of immense change. Dec 23, ShaLisa rated it really liked it.

When I was halfway through the novel, I realized that there had only been two events that seemed to have any effect on the plot at all.


Aunt Cassie and Miss Peavey repeatedly criticize Sabine for being a flapper and for the scandal she brought down on the family. The Pulitzer Prize committee I assume it’s a committee? After doing a bit of research, I came across Louis Bromfield.

Everyone is a stereotype, although a well-drawn stereotype. She has loved madly and lived wildly and she is not afraid of upsetting the order of things.

Early Autumn

This book won the Pulitzer Prize, but I can’t see why. I married you because I was alone and frightened and wanted to escape a horrible life with Aunt Alice. The heroine of the story is approaching her fortieth birthday and unhappiness in her life sparks a type of mid-life crisis. I will definitely read more Bromfield. It delves into the themes of love, marriage, hypocrisy and honor. Come il vecchio John, che sotto sotto approva gli outsider, i “diversi”, le persone che riescono eaarly sentire la vita come Higgins lo stalliere, ma che crede fermamente nel ruolo delle convenzioni e della tradizione, trascinando tutti nel baratro con lui.

Also being introduced is their neighbor and friend, Therese Callendar. Bromfield’s eloquence when describing both his characters and their surroundings is breathtaking, and his accuracy in describing the characters’ complicated eearly makes it apparent that he knows human nature very well Bromfield takes a close look at the Pentlands- a fictional rich family in New England- exposing the hypocrisy and ignorance behind their luxurious facade.

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The heroine is more than reluctant to begin with, their rapprochement is brought about by Sabine Callender, who would do anything to hurt the Pentlands- more, she would like to see the end of the family, their annihilation- and as the neighbor used esrly ride in the mornings with Sybil, he would like to go horse riding with the mother, who has this last chance to enjoy life and be happy. Even the vocabulary was so limited, repetitive, and predictable.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The landscape around Durham is without color, as are the Pentlands. Slowly, terribly, she went on and on: It seemed like a nondescript melodrama, and nothing that history can’t easily leave behind. Nothing earth-shattering about the storyline. It’s not the ending you want, but you sort of know bromcield coming.


The characters are very flat, and it’s too explicit that they just represent ideas. I liked this book for its subtle presentation of wisdom.

He commits suicide by riding his horse into a deep ravine and falling lojis his death. Olivia and Sabine both step up their plans to get what they want out of life.

If it were just The family history almost forced the living to live a lie. You know you married me only because you had loouis marry someone. Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. But twenty years ago, she married a poor, low-born man named Callender and fled with aitumn to Europe. The night Jack dies, Olivia runs into a momentarily-lucid Mrs.

The plot meanders along until reac Beautiful, kind Olivia Penfield lives a stifling existence with a soulless husband and his puritanical New England family. John’s son and heir, Anson, married the wealthy but low-status Scotch-Irish girl Olivia.

Sabine Callender and her daughter, Therese, have also returned to Durham and are spending the summer at Pentland Manor. I feel a little ill at ease, having just put the book down. The only son and heir was sickly and died, barely even a metaphor for the idea that his ar This book won the Pulitzer Prize, but I can’t see why. Bromfield takes a close look at the Pentlands- a fictional rich family in New England- exposing the hypocrisy and ignorance behind their luxurious facade.