|Title:||The Shell House|
|Format:||mbr lrf doc mobi|
|ePUB size:||1782 kb|
|FB2 size:||1515 kb|
|DJVU size:||1342 kb|
|Category:||Literature and Fiction|
|Publisher:||David Fickling Books; 1st American edition (August 13, 2002)|
Lori said: This book's writing style is very florid and sentimental. The Shell House is a dual narrative, going back and forth in time the roughly present day and First World War, following the lives of Greg and Edmund. Greg is a sixth former with an interest in photography who finds a new friend in Faith, the daughter of a Friend of Graveney Hall who are doing the home up, and discovers he's seeing his friend Jordan in a new light.
Books Shell House, Linda Newbery. 1 Almost by Stigmatized The "Morning After" scene from Jordan's point of view. K, English, words: 635, 6/28/2015. 4 It's just the past you're leaving by Stigmatized Sometimes a shock is needed to make you realise. 7 Keeping the Bargain by 5redroses Set right after The Shell House by Linda Newberry. I only recommend reading this if you've read the book. A short one shot in which Greg keeps his bargain with God. K+, English, Hurt/Comfort & Romance, words: 533, favs: 1, 7/22/2009.
The Shell House (2004). About book: Greg’s casual interest in the history of a ruined mansion becomes more personal as he slowly discovers the tragic events that overwhelmed its last inhabitants. Set against a background of the modern day and the First World War, Greg’s contemporary beliefs become intertwined with those of Edmund, a foot soldier whose confusion about his sexuality and identity mirrors Greg’s own feelings of insecurity. This is a complex and thought-provoking book, written with elegance and subtlety. It will change the way you think.
The Shell House is a beautifully written and sensitive portrayal of love, sexuality and spirituality over two generations. Greg's casual interest in the history of a ruined mansion becomes more personal as he slowly discovers the tragic events that overwhelmed its last inhabitants. Set against a background of the modern day and the First World War, Greg's contemporary beliefs become intertwined with those of Edmund, a foot soldier whose confusion about his sexuality and identity mirrors Greg's own feelings of insecurity.
Jan Mark untangles the strands of history and sexuality woven together by Linda Newbery in The Shell House. Graveney Hall is literally a shell, burned out and abandoned for decades, but the extensive grounds are being restored by a group of enthusiasts. Among them is Greg, a young photographer looking for a subject. Greg's life is taking off in all directions.
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My second try with Linda Newbery. I really want to love her! The covers of her book are always so appealing! This one had bits that were set in Chelmsford, and I lived in Essex for nine months! But still, the only strong reaction I had to her books – like last time – was, Jesus God, I’m so glad I’m not raising children in England. The Shell House is about a boy who is struggling with his sexuality, and a girl who is struggling with her faith, and a back-in-the-day World War I guy who’s struggling with both. It had bits that were good, but there were also bits that were just blah. Faith (the girl who’s um, struggling with her – I don’t know why I bothered with this sentence) isn’t terribly likeable, ever, and the two plots don’t come together very neatly either.
If you can get past the first 50 pages of this book, you will find that it starts to grow on you. I put the book away, came back after a week, plowed on-and then I finished the last 3/4 of it in a flurry, needing to know what happened next. As you read, the characters become more alive and rounded, and their interests and experiences more developed, nuanced, and believable. The novel also has an ending that keeps you kind of guessing as to what eventually Greg tells himself about his own sexual identity.
At quarter past two on a hot summer afternoon, Anna's beautiful, headstrong older sister Rose disappears. Gradually, her mother pushed Sean away, before resigning from her job and selling the house, forcing Sean to find somewhere else to live. Although Charlie believes her mother is making a terrible mistake, she can only offer support - but who will support Charlie, with Sean cut out of their lives? She's certain that the move to a ramshackle cottage, miles from anywhere, can only make things worse.