Norah Lofts Message Board
Djo posts on 1/3/2009 9:17:22 PM
I think each site is what we make it. It can be quite hard work reading past posts on this site. It is a shame that we can't have different topics or threads. A general discussion thread and a thread for the nitty-gritty stuff at least, would be handy. Also, as posts get added, old posts get deleted. Personally I like to go over the old threads sometimes - my memory is terrible, and some of the old posts were really good.
BarbaraH posts on 1/3/2009 8:33:22 PM
Goodreads is certainly technically superior to Allreaders here, but I'm not sure the quality of analysis and discussion is. Also, while I'm cetainly interested in literary comparisons , I'm actually here mostly to discuss the deatil of NL's oeuvre and I think Allreaders does this rather better...
Cassie posts on 1/3/2009 5:25:43 PM
You've found a great place. There are a lot of knowledgeable NL fans here!
susan karstne posts on 1/3/2009 3:47:02 PM
I love Norah Lofts books and found this post as I was looking for other fans. I want to get some other high-quality authors that Lofts fans might know of.
Love to read,
Cassie posts on 1/3/2009 1:28:59 PM
I agree with Gabi. I love this site but goodreads.com is so worth it, if only for the neverending book quiz. I LOVE that! I've added quite a few NL questions.
Karen posts on 1/2/2009 3:53:36 AM
'Ethelreda Benedict's Tale' from The House at Old Vine is the only one of NL's tales that I've read that is set in the fens. NL sets it at such a time of change - I had a strong sense of how completely the world of the fens, isolated as it was, was destroyed - or transformed. That is one of the things I appreciate so about her work - she makes history come alive. Are the fens a setting in any of the other books I haven't read? (New paragraph) I wonder if The Evening Star's proximity to Baildon changed because of the expansion of the town?
Gabi posts on 1/1/2009 11:32:44 PM
I know we all started with this site and i respect loyalty. However, this is so dark ages compared to allreads.com. Any of you who haven't tried it, have a look.
Mary posts on 1/1/2009 7:24:14 PM
Now I see that Thomas Masterson Hardy was the same person as the Thomas Hardy with whom we've been comparing NL, not the man whom the dying Lord Nelson may or may not have asked to kiss him. Yes, Hardy's novels do move more slowly than NL's. He WAS Victorian, after all! But his descriptions of nature are beautiful--surprisingly so from a man who seemed to think thst, if there was a Supreme Being, it was capricious and malevolent! That 'President of the Immortals,' as he calls God on the last page of Tess, certainly gave his pet flies a beaufitul world to live in! (I've learned that there's no point in trying to begin a new paragraph here, so bear with one humongous one!) Of NL's descriptions of the East Anglia countryside, I remember from one of the Gad's Hall books 'what is Sussex passes for a hill' and then all the marvelous incidents set in Layer Wood. And of course there are the Fens and the 'out on the marshes' area and the town of Dunwich, which was crumbling into the sea. Incidentally, does it seem to anyone else that some of her landmarks moved in the course of her career? Was the Evening Star always out on the marshes, or did it move in closer to Baildon in later books? (New paragraph) DJO, I think the story that begins in the Fens is 'Ethelreda Benedict's Tale' from The House at Old Vine. I can't think of an entire book that begins there, but Ethelreda is driven out of the Fens when draining parts of them floods other parts and inundates her home. I remember that she spoke a variety of English that no one else could understand, and I imagine that it was essentially Old English/Anglo-Saxon (uncontaminated by French). (New paragraph) Barbara, I've walked around the walls of Chester a couple of times and eaten a picnic lunch in the Cethedral cemetery, where I was looking for ancestral graves. (Ever know anyone named Marple?) If you haven't already read Deborah Crombie's Water Like a Stone, you definitely should! It takes place around Nantwich and on the canals in the vicinity. (Last paragraph) Finally, since we're all identifying our locations, I'm in Baltimore, Maryland, but grew up in West Virginia. The part of Maryland on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay from here is flat and marshy enough to make East Anglians feel homesick!
Gabi posts on 12/29/2008 11:04:28 PM
Got onto Goodreads. Good site. Found NL but haven't got into it yet. Kid still in Lolly-shop.
Karen posts on 12/29/2008 6:18:28 AM
Oh, THAT'S why Carl Sandberg called that story collection 'Rutabega Stories.' (Thank you for the apostrophe suggestion, BTW.) I am mostly Swedish American, but didn't know rutabegas were called swedes in England. I was glad to hear the Thomas Hardy comparisons to NL, too - they hadn't occurred to me, although I was often comparing her work to Faulkner (I like NL's work much better). Marion Draper, in 'Lovers All Untrue,' reminds me a bit of Tess of the D'Urbervilles, in that both are so constrained by society and fate, and seem to have no way out. I live in the mountains just west of the Napa Valley, in California. The English side of my family originally came from Lincolnshire, but that was nearly four centuries ago. Happy New Year to you all!
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