September Hardcover – Mar 1990
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'A wonderful, not-to-be-missed novel that is destined to provide many hours of pleasurable reading' -- Woman and Home 'Pilcher's storytelling skills are serene and beguiling' -- The Times 'It is never too soon to discover Rosamunde Pilcher' -- Good Housekeeping 'Whether she is being poignant, wry or perceptive, Rosamunde Pilcher is always gentle' -- Woman's Realm --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Rosamunde Pilcher has had a long and distinguished career as a novelist and a short story writer, but it was her phenomenally successful novel, The Shell Seekers, that captured the hearts of all who read it and won her international recognition as one of the best-loved storytellers of our time. Her most recent bestseller, Coming Home, was also made into a television film --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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Violet is much more likable than Penelope - fortunately, she has got only one child (son Edmund) so that she can't have a favourite child. Unlike Penelope, Violet loves her two grandchildren although they are not perfect.
In 'September' Pilcher is much more generous - like Nancy in 'The Shell Seekers', Violet, Alexa and Edie are fat, but unlike Nancy, they are NOT ugly, for there is something between 'beautiful' and 'ugly' and it is admitted that even plump women may be pretty, lovable and charming!
Yes, I like Violet - she is even a nice mother-in-law!
I was confused to see Archie and Isobel in almost exactly the same situation as George and Nancy - they have got financial problems, but live far beyond their means, keep a giant house and send their to boarding-school. Unlike George and Nancy who are portrayed as greedy and stupid, Archie and Isobel are nice people.
I think it was not logical that Pandora writes a letter in which she tells Archie about her suicidal tendencies without giving her reasons - after all, she has got a very plausible reason (terminal cancer), and it is a relief to her family when they get to know it - Pandora's physician tells them.
Noel who already appears in 'The Shell Seekers' seems to have improved...
Among the various people gathering members and friends of two well known families of the village. Archie Balmerino is a major landowner of the area who is a Lord rather down on his income. During a military exercise he suffered a tragedy which has altered his chance for a livelihood once he left the military as well as leaving him emotionally fragile. Isobel his loving wife hosts tourist families during the season at their stately home while their daughter travels the continent trying to find a place for herself. And then there is Pandora, Archie's sister who left the family home at 18, and is only now returning after 20 years to be with family and friends before it is too late.
The Aird family includes Violet, the 78 year old matriarch of the family and a woman reminiscent of Penelope Keeling from The Shell Seekers. Her prosperous son Edmund is married to his second wife Virginia although he has a secret he never shared with her which is now threatening to undo them. Alexa is Edmund's daughter from his first marriage who now finds happiness with an older man and Henry the progeny of the Airds second marriage is about to leave for boarding school at the tender age of 8 which upsets Virginia greatly. And seeing over this family is Edie who as Mrs. Aird's housekeeper cares for all of them as if they were her own.Read more ›
However, plot is nonexistant, and there's really no story to speak of other than the upper-class, clannish Scots going about their daily lives and traditions during the early autumn.
Still, I love learning about distant peoples and foreign lands and sort of travelling without having to leave my living room couch. This is a better way to learn about a foreign land and its people than, say, reading a guidebook.
But for the lack of any action, Rosamunde Pilcher's writing is highly literate and very reader-friendly. She has a very detailed way of describing the scenery and atmosphere which strangely does not bore.
If you enjoy modern English authors like Ian McEwan (Atonement) and like a British-sort of banter without suspense, peril, or action, then you'd like this.
Although there was nothing much going on plot-wise, and none of the characters were ever in any jeopardy or peril....I still loved Pilcher's intimate descriptions of the daily minutae of Scottish life.
This is my first Rosamunde Pilcher. Because of her writing style, and even with only 3 stars, I am still planning to read more by her.
You'll meet Violet Aird, who's turning 78 years old, and her family Edmund, her son,along with Virginia, her daughter-in-law, and Henry their son. Also is Isobel and Archie, and their son Hamish who live in Croy, a very large estate.
Other characters include Edie, the lovely neighbor and best friend of Violet's. The Ishaks who own a store in town,Alexa, who is Edmund's daughter from an earlier marriage, and Pandora who is Archie's sister.
In the story, Violet works on planning a great big party for Katy Steyton, Verena's daughter, who is her friendly neighbor.
Invitations are sent out for the party, and there is a large attendance. Pandora, who hasn't been home for years is coming to town with a very sad secret. Alexa has fallen in love with Noel, of whom Violet isn't sure she really trusts, and Henry, who has been sent to boarding school against his will and his mother's as well, runs away and comes back home.
Another character, Lottie, has "some loose screws," and was committed to a mental hospital. She is sent home after supposedly becoming stable however, and creates a problem for everyone.
The book is all about love, betrayals, forgiveness and coming together. I wished it had been even 100 pages longer than it was. Pilcher knows how to put the depth into her stories.
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This is possibly the third or fourth time I have read September and still enjoy it as if for the first time. Read morePublished 17 months ago by ourbar
All so very complicated and yet all so simple. Feelings of hurt and love and loneliness can all face a family in the blink of an eye. But they are still family. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Darlene Fleury
Ever since I discovered Pilcher, I haven't enjoyed any other fiction. I've read endless numbers of books, and never have I come across an author that gets you this involved with... Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2004
This is a good sequel to The Shell Seekers, however... while it is better than R Pilcher's other novels, it still does not hold a candle to The Shell Seekers. Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Melissa McCauley
Makes an excellent and enjoyable read. Pilcher's writing style is comfortable and strings together just the right words to form delightful sentences. Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2002 by Surabhi