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I liked this book much more than I had expected to. The story moves back and forth between the 1940s and the 1980s, telling the life of its central character, Penelope Keeling, and her relationships with her artist father, her husband and her wartime lover, and her adult children; she's a sympathetic character who deals sensibly with life's challenges and makes her dispositions accordingly. Two of the three children are almost, bit not quite, too awful to believe; and by the end of the story everyone gets their just reward. I guess I picked this up thanks to its appearance the BBC Big Read list - I would never have looked for it otherwise - and although I doubt I will delve much further into the 'Aga saga' sub-genre I rather enjoyed this excursion.

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mountainkiss
Sep. 19th, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
I think it's Rosamund, not Rosalind.

Have you ever read Jane Haddam? There's a character in her books who shares your breadth and volume of reading.
nwhyte
Sep. 19th, 2010 07:52 am (UTC)
I think it's Rosamund, not Rosalind.

You're right of course.

Have you ever read Jane Haddam? There's a character in her books who shares your breadth and volume of reading.

Any recommendations of where to start with her? I see her top book on LibraryThing is Not a Creature was Stirring.
mountainkiss
Sep. 19th, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
That's the first, but there are about twenty-five. Are you a series person, or do you cherry-pick? V and I started (by good luck, rather than good management) with Somebody Else's Music, which is relatively late in the series but very, very good. Then we got so hooked that we acquired the entire back catalogue, but they weren't cheap.
nwhyte
Sep. 19th, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
I'm not always a series person - my approach to Rankin is not characteristic! So I've ordered Big Old Dead off Bookmooch, and will take my chances.
mountainkiss
Sep. 19th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
The first time, I read this as 'I'm not always a serious person'.

Hope you like it.
mountainkiss
Sep. 19th, 2010 07:21 am (UTC)
Also, if you are interested, one of the awful children continues to develop as a minor character in her next book, September.
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