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Weyward: A Novel av Emilia Hart
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Weyward: A Novel (utgåvan 2023)

av Emilia Hart (Författare)

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"2019: Under cover of darkness, Kate flees London for ramshackle Weyward Cottage, inherited from a great aunt she barely remembers. With its tumbling ivy and overgrown garden, the cottage is worlds away from the abusive partner who tormented Kate. But she begins to suspect that her great aunt had a secret. One that lurks in the bones of the cottage, hidden ever since the witch-hunts of the 17th century. 1619: Altha is awaiting trial for the murder of a local farmer who was stampeded to death by his herd. As a girl, Altha's mother taught her their magic, a kind not rooted in spell casting but in a deep knowledge of the natural world. But unusual women have always been deemed dangerous, and as the evidence for witchcraft is set out against Altha, she knows it will take all of her powers to maintain her freedom. 1942: As World War II rages, Violet is trapped in her family's grand, crumbling estate. Straitjacketed by societal convention, she longs for the robust education her brother receives--and for her mother, long deceased, who was rumored to have gone mad before her death. The only traces Violet has of her are a locket bearing the initial W and the word weyward scratched into the baseboard of her bedroom. Weaving together the stories of three extraordinary women across five centuries, Emilia Hart's Weyward is an enthralling novel of female resilience and the transformative power of the natural world"--… (mer)
Medlem:JaimeeCarroll
Titel:Weyward: A Novel
Författare:Emilia Hart (Författare)
Info:St. Martin's Press (2023), 336 pages
Samlingar:Read, Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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Weyward av Emilia Hart

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Since my view is in the minority here, it seems important to add it: I wanted to like this book, but the writing was predictable, with superficial character development. It read like a bodice-ripper dressed up with a bit of historical accuracy. None of the characters were compelling enough to stick it out for, so I stopped listening about a third of the way through. (I went back a few days later to try again and it still felt the same.) EDIT: The lack of positive male characters, issues of pregnancy/abortion, etc., named in other reviews, weren't a problem for me, except that the men (like the women) and their interactions were one-dimensional. ( )
  airgid | May 3, 2024 |
To say I was disappointed to listen to this book is putting it mildly. It won best historical fiction in the 2023 GoodReads Best Books for 2023, and as historical fiction is my favourite genre, I thought I should read it. Well this isn't historical fiction. Far from it. There are zero historical facts in this book, just witches, women with bad luck and troubles, women who can't seem to make their own minds, nothing butmagical realism, and some very hateful men. The book should be rated as feminist fiction, and no where did I see that in any of the reviews that I did read. I was stretched to the limit with horrible, evil men, and thought to myself--"how misleading". Not every man is a chauvinistic, mean bully. I know lots of really loving, kind men, including my father and my husband. I couldn't take it after I was about halfway through the book and sent it back to the library where I borrowed it from. ( )
1 rösta Romonko | May 1, 2024 |
I really enjoyed this! I was a bit worried going into it because it seemed divisive in the book community. I really liked the vibe and the dark coziness throughout the book. ( )
  LynnMPK | Apr 16, 2024 |
“Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us.”

“The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.”

It was not as good as I expected...too many tropes. Women, abused and trapped in circumstances of men's making- find hidden power through a magical connection to nature.
Altha, 1619 is on trial for witchcraft. Violet, abandoned by her family, finds solace and power in discovering her family legacy. Kate, abused and pregnant learns that she is connected, over centuries, to a powerful matriarchy that can use nature to survive, and exact revenge against abusive men.

"This wildness inside gives us our name. It was men who marked us so, in the time when language was but a shoot curling from the earth. Weyward, they called us, when we would not submit, would not bend to their will. But we learned to wear the name with pride.”


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  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
Reason reading: WCf2f
Characters:
Kate in the present day running from an abusive husband,
Violet in the early 20th century with an abusive father.
Altha in the 1600s on trial for witchcraft.

The story is told of a family of women who have ability to understand nature. Kind of like Mother Nature women. They seem to only get involved with really abusive males. So there is a lot of misogyny, issues of pregnancy/abortion. I felt the ending was lacking. Still I give the book a low 4 score. ( )
  Kristelh | Apr 3, 2024 |
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Thoughtful and at times harrowing, this novel is a successful blend of historical fiction and modern feminism. ...Three generations of women struggle against the bounds of patriarchy in this debut novel... an engaging novel that captures the ways patriarchy has sought to limit women for all of history and the ways women have found to carve out freedom for themselves.
 
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The Weyward Sisters, hand in hand, Posters of the sea and land, Thus do go, about, about, thrice to mine, And thrice again to make up nine. Peace, The charm's wound up. - Macbeth

Weyward is used in the First Folio edition on Macbeth. In later versions, Weyward was replaced by Weird.
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"2019: Under cover of darkness, Kate flees London for ramshackle Weyward Cottage, inherited from a great aunt she barely remembers. With its tumbling ivy and overgrown garden, the cottage is worlds away from the abusive partner who tormented Kate. But she begins to suspect that her great aunt had a secret. One that lurks in the bones of the cottage, hidden ever since the witch-hunts of the 17th century. 1619: Altha is awaiting trial for the murder of a local farmer who was stampeded to death by his herd. As a girl, Altha's mother taught her their magic, a kind not rooted in spell casting but in a deep knowledge of the natural world. But unusual women have always been deemed dangerous, and as the evidence for witchcraft is set out against Altha, she knows it will take all of her powers to maintain her freedom. 1942: As World War II rages, Violet is trapped in her family's grand, crumbling estate. Straitjacketed by societal convention, she longs for the robust education her brother receives--and for her mother, long deceased, who was rumored to have gone mad before her death. The only traces Violet has of her are a locket bearing the initial W and the word weyward scratched into the baseboard of her bedroom. Weaving together the stories of three extraordinary women across five centuries, Emilia Hart's Weyward is an enthralling novel of female resilience and the transformative power of the natural world"--

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