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Literary
  • Author:
    May Sinclair
  • ISBN:
    1169223990
  • ISBN13:
    978-1169223998
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  • Publisher:
    Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2010)
  • Pages:
    76 pages
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    Literary
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Sinclair was a suffragist and modernist who also was influenced by Freud and psychoanalysis. Sinclair is an accomplished novelist, but most of her work is rather puzzlingly out of print. This is a study of the Victorian notion of women and their role.

And each time the Baby Harriett laughed. The sound of her laugh was so funny that she laughed again at that; she kept on laughing, with shriller and shriller squeals. I wonder why she thinks it's funny," her mother said. Ironic, brief and intensely realised, The Life and Death of Harriett Frean is a brilliant study of female virtue seen as vice, and stands with the work of Virgina Woolf and Dorothy Richardson as one of the great innovative novels of the century.

And each time the Baby Harriett laughed. Her father considered it.

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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this . And each time the Baby Harriett laughed.

You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at ww. utenberg. Title: Life and Death of Harriett Frean. Author: May Sinclair. Release Date: November, 2005 This file was first posted on September 18, 2003 Last Updated: April 9, 2013. I wonder why she thinks it's funny, her mother said.

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Harriet’s actions – towards Robin, and in other decisions she later makes – have unforeseen consequences. The Life and Death of Harriet Frean satirises the upper middle classes, and their way of life

Harriet’s actions – towards Robin, and in other decisions she later makes – have unforeseen consequences. The Life and Death of Harriet Frean satirises the upper middle classes, and their way of life. Harriet is so busy behaving beautifully and congratulating herself on it that she totally fails to see the destructive nature of her decisions and the devastating effect they have on both herself and others. I actually really enjoyed this strange little novel which was sent to me some months ago by Belva from the Librarything Virago group.

Never didactic, The Life and Death of Harriett Frean is a novel which, whilst written as an elegy for unemancipated women, can now be applied to anybody who wastes their lives thinking of everybody but themselves. 18 people found this helpful. I’m a huge fan of May Sinclair and this totally lived up to expectation. She’s a brilliant writer. Delves unflinchingly right into the psychological core of her characters.

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Harriett Frean is a well-to-do, unmarried woman living a life of meaningless dependency, boredom, and .

Harriett Frean is a well-to-do, unmarried woman living a life of meaningless dependency, boredom, and unproductivity as she patiently cares for her aging parents, waiting for a man to marry. Can she make something meaningful of her life without significant others? May Sinclair, as always gently ironic in tone, succeeds in skewering the conventions of her society while laying bare the hopeless realities for so many women of the era who were given so few chances really to live.

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ZloyGenii
I am currently interested in reading books written during the turn of the century. This is why I was led to this little book. It is small enough that I read it in one sitting.

It was a strange, sad tale, and I had to keep reminding myself of the time period in which this piece was written so I could view the writing from another vantage point. It helped to read the introduction to set the mood for this book, plus it helped to better understand the background of the time period.

I did enjoy Sinclair's character descriptions; they were so thorough that the reader could conjure a mental image of the person. If you like period pieces, this one certainly portrays the constrained life of a woman of the time.
Saberdragon
I couldn't finish Harriett Frean. It was rough going. May Sinclair's style is clunky and slightly hysterical. It would be a good book for a woman's studies course and has some historical interest but not much fun to read.
misery
I love books written long ago and this one did not fail to please. It is well written and is an interesting look at an unmarried woman 100 or so years ago.
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Died as she lived. Sad book.
Milleynti
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I was most intrigued by Prissy and Harriett’s relationship. There are declarations of love–they say they will never marry for love of one another. It seems very gay. And then strangely…they fall in love with the same man? What a weird love triangle. Love quadrangle? It was all very tragic, indeed.
Soustil
An easy read but left me wanting more from the lead character. I don't care for weak characters who don't have an opportunity to redeem themselves.
Zeli
Life and Death of Harriett Frean follows, as one might expect, the early life through to the death of Harriett Frean. She was brought up to be a perfect Victorian lady, and taught early on to be "morally beautiful", which in turn led her to become prideful in any little self-sacrifice she made. As a result, she lived a narrow existence, self-righteously congratulating herself on how she lived her life.

There is very little descriptive passages or even action. Instead, the story is told mainly in thoughts and conversation, in the stream-of-consciousness style. This is extremely effective in telling Harriett's story.

It is a short book, and easy to read, but still manages to be quite thought provoking. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys a stream-of-consciousness narrative; other readers might not find it as engrossing.
The title says it all...The story started when Harriett Frean was a baby and her mother cooed over her, reciting a nursery rhyme. It ended when she was dying at the age of sixty-eight, while she listened to the same nursery rhyme from somewhere at the back of her head, and her last words were "Mamma". If the author had made the title "The Life and Death of Spinster Harriett Frean", then there's nothing more to say in this review.

Harriett was an old maid; otherwise, hers was a very ordinary life. It's amusing that a story can be woven out of something ordinary; it's even part of Project Gutenberg! Probably, it was really the author's idea to write a story about the ordinary life of an "almost recluse". Somehow it has to be told; somehow the world has to know that there are many Harriett Freans out there.

In her life story, one thing stands out: Harriett never wanted to disappoint. When she was a little girl, she vowed to always obey her parents because she saw firsthand how disappointed they can be when she disobeyed. As a woman, she chose to let go of the man she loved to protect her best friend. But her desire to please did not always end in a happy note, as one of the characters bluntly pointed out to her. In the end, she was all alone.

We have a lot of old maids in our family. I have an old aunt who lives with her cats. She has opened her house to boarders so technically, she doesn't live alone. But boarders come and go, so she really does not have deep relationships with anyone in her household. This story made me think about her, and if there's anything good that came out of it, it's my renewed vow to not forget to keep in touch with her.