Because Of The Lockwoods

Because Of The Lockwoods Review

The story is deceptively simple: the entanglement of two families in a northern town called Aldworth. One, the Lockwoods, wealthy and powerful, in a position to patronise and help the second family, the poor Hunters, who have been left fatherless with a weak, ineffectual mother. Though the thudding heart of the story draws the reader inexorably along, hoping for the meek to conquer the strong, it is a surprising book in many ways, not least for its subversive portrayal of family – the children are often the adults, the parents the untrustworthy, unwise ones, and Whipple makes it clear that what we call today the nuclear family is not the answer to happiness. But what may be most satisfying about the book is how the climax is reached as a result of character.This is twentieth-century British fiction at its very best.

Title:Because Of The Lockwoods
Edition Language:English

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  • Jane

    Of all of the authors I thought about when I was compiling my Birthday Book of Underappreciated Lady Authors, I think that Dorothy Whipple is the one whose long neglect is most inexplicable and the on...

  • Beth Bonini

    "You have a wonderful power of taking quite ordinary people in quite unromantic surroundings, in their normal ways of life and making them live and press themselves on your readers' minds in a way tha...

  • Katherine

    I'd never heard of Dorothy Whipple until a few months ago and it was only through the praises of another reader on Goodreads she came to my attention. After reading this, I—like many other readersâ€...

  • Hilary

    Another un-put-downable Dorothy Whipple. The respectable Lockwoods look down on the Hunters, a widow and her three children. Mr Lockwood looks after Mrs Hunters affairs, but Thea suspects corruption. ...

  • Margaret

    Dorothy Whipple is so insanely readable. I'm glad Persephone have republished so many of her books, as I don't think I'd have found her otherwise. This is the latest one they've done, and I think it w...

  • Mary Durrant

    Love Dorothy Whipple.This book was aptly named.All because of the Lockwoods who are a well to do family.The Hunters find hard times after Mr Hunter died.Mrs Hunter relied on Mr Lockwood to sort her pa...

  • Julie

    4 1/2 Another recommendation from the booksnob blog. I think I have now read all the Dorothy Whipple I can get my hands on. If only I could fly to London and visit the Persephone Press bookstore. I lo...

  • Clare Harvey

    Because of the LockwoodsDorothy Whipple’s penultimate novel, Because of the Lockwoods, was first published by John Murray in 1949, and republished by Persephone Books in 2014. Because of the Lockwoo...

  • Rosemary

    Two professional men, the lawyer Mr Lockwood and the architect Mr Hunter, are neighbours with young families in big houses on the edge of an industrial town. But Mr Hunter dies, and his family are lef...

  • Anna

    I think I've read nearly all of Whipple at this point--except for her short stories which are on my list. What interests me is how she constructs a story--perhaps most notably in Greenbanks and maybe ...