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Hester (Oxford World's Classics) (urspr publ 1883; utgåvan 2009)

av Margaret Oliphant (Författare), Philip Davis (Redaktör), Brian Nellist (Redaktör)

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'Human nature may be easy to see through, but it is very hard to understand.'The ageing Catherine Vernon, jilted in her youth, has risen to power in a man's world as head of the family bank. She thinks she sees through everyone and rules over a family of dependents with knowing cynicism. But there are two people in Redborough who resist her. One is Hester, a young relationwith a personality as strong as Catherine's, and as determined to find a role for herself. The other is Edward, Catherine's favourite, whom she treats like a son. Conflict between young and old is inevitable, and in its depiction of the complex relationships that develop between the three principalcharacters, Publishing October 2003 (exact date?)Margaret Oliphant is one of the great Victorian novelists, and this edition establishes her rediscovered importance.… (mer)
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Titel:Hester (Oxford World's Classics)
Författare:Margaret Oliphant (Författare)
Andra författare:Philip Davis (Redaktör), Brian Nellist (Redaktör)
Info:Oxford University Press (2009), Edition: 1, 512 pages
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Huh. That summary provided by Goodreads doesn't sound like the same story. Granted, it was done in only 5, 13-minute segments, so the abridger had to leave a lot out. But the whole focus of the story changed. Catherine was made out to be kind, sensible, and suffering, but highly competent. I don't think I noticed that SHE wasn't Hester... I guess I forgot the name of the novel. Hester was the young girl? She hardly figured at all in this abridged audio. Anyway, a depressing story. I guess the end was supposed to be hopeful, but we all know she ended up a bitter old maid. A zebra can't change its stripes. (Or maybe I should say white bread can't change its crust?) ( )
  Lit_Cat | Dec 9, 2017 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this. My curiosity was piqued by listening to it on Radio 4 but that version told a substantially different story with a totally changed emphasis.

I left wanting more which is good. It evokes Jane Austen without echoing her and is relatively modern in its attitude towards women. ( )
  mumfie | Feb 3, 2014 |
bookshelves: filthy-lucre, fradio, published-1883, winter-20132014, victorian, cheshire, britain-england, satire, amusing, re-visit-2014, women
Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Laura
Read from January 02 to 03, 2014

Hester by Margaret Oliphant

R4 drama

BBC BLURB: Penelope Wilton and Lyndsey Marshal star in this high Victorian tale of a woman who runs her own bank.

Sometimes called 'the feminist Trollope', Margaret Oliphant is an unjustly-neglected British writer of the nineteenth century, famed for her perceptive, ironic psychology, and her strong female characters. And Hester has a striking premise: a young woman in a nineteenth-century Cheshire town, having been snubbed and discarded in marriage, does something truly radical. When the family bank is in danger of a run, she pledges her whole private fortune to save it. But instead of merely underwriting it, in return she insists on running the bank herself, as a single woman, in defiance of all convention.

Using Oliphant's deliciously witty and sardonic narration, allied to a radical dramatisation by Kate Clanchy and Zena Forster, 'Hester' reveals a flawed and fascinating heroine, reborn for radio.
Harp played by Ruth Faber Producer/Director ..... Jonquil Panting. Dramatised by Kate Clanchy and Zena Forster.

1/5 This is a tale of banks and bankers. A tale of credit and discredit. This is a tale of a single woman in nineteenth-century Cheshire town, who does something truly radical.

2. When Hester is offered a merger to cancel all her debts, she finds a neat, but risky, solution.

3. When Hester takes her wayward cousin Edward back into the Vernon family bank, she reckons without the influence of his vapid wife Ellen.

4. Hester does not want to see it, but here it is, swinging round slowly: the reverse of the medal, the other side of Edward's picture.

5. This life is full of repetitions. Once again, Mr Rule is facing a run on the bank, which could close Vernon's forever.

Read this a long, long time ago when I landed as manager of my own branch of a national bank. Goodness, but that was one chuffed up, capitalistic chick, and so at odds with my 'now' values.

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  mimal | Jan 3, 2014 |
Mrs. Oliphant is an author who was enormously popular when her novels were first published but who is nearly forgotten nowadays. She is maybe better-known for her Chronicles of Carlingford series (of which Miss Marjoribanks is one), but Hester is also a very fine novel.

The story centers firstly around Catherine Vernon, a kind of matriarch and queen in Redborough. She is the head of Vernon’s Bank, and it was through her intervention that a run on the bank was prevented in her younger days. The bulk of the story, however, takes place many years later, when Catherine is in her sixties, with her cousin/nephew Edward Vernon playing William Cecil to her Elizabeth I. Catherine’s life is shaken when her fourteen-year-old relative, Hester, and her mother move to “the Vernonry” after a period away. A lot of the novel deals with Hester’s growth from girl to woman, and the men who express interest in her along the way.

Hester has a variety of suitors vying for her hand (he cousin Harry, Edward, and the stranger in town, Roland Ashton), which is intriguing, but what I enjoyed the most was the interplay between the two main characters. I was interested in the contrasts that exist between them: one young, one old, both locked in an antagonistic struggle with each other. There’s also a fair amount of antagonism between Hester and Edward Vernon (bringing to mind comparisons with Pride and Prejudice). Is he in love with her or not? It’s fairly obvious from the start that he’s not (someone who’s into you generally doesn’t start fights with you or ignore you completely), so it’s fun to watch Hester figure that out for herself. The plot of the novel drags a bit in the middle, and as such, I thought the book could have been at least 100 pages shorter. But nonetheless, I really enjoyed this novel. ( )
1 rösta Kasthu | Mar 26, 2011 |
This is a fascinating nineteenth century novel about women’s lives. There’s powerful Catherine Vernon; female head of a provincial bank, spinster mother of two adopted sons and local patroness. Even the new church is named St Catherine’s. Mrs John is the archetype of unthinking femininity while her daughter Hester is struggling to find herself: ‘People consider a girl a piece of goods to be sold and disposed of’. It also has the most delightful, moving and yet funny scene in Victorian literature on which the whole plots turns - when the price of strawberries will be cheap enough for making jam. Oh for the BBC to adapt Mrs Oliphant’s novel rather than yet another Great Expectations.
  Sarahursula | Jan 24, 2011 |
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"A springy motion in her gait,
A rising step, did indicate
Of pride and joy no common rate
That flush'd her spirit:
I know not by what name beside
I shall it call: if 'twas not pride,
It was a joy to that allied
She did inherit..  .  .  .  .She was trained in Nature's school,
Nature had blest her.
A waking eye, a prying mind,
A heart that stirs, is hard to bind;
A hawk's keen sight ye cannot blind,
Ye could not Hester."CHARLES LAMB
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The Banking House of the Vernons was known through all the Home Counties as only second to the Bank of England in stability and strength.
Hester is a witty, ironic, forceful tale of women who run their lives either by choice or by necessity without the support of men - fatherless girls, old maids, widows, domineering sisters. (Introduction)
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'Human nature may be easy to see through, but it is very hard to understand.'The ageing Catherine Vernon, jilted in her youth, has risen to power in a man's world as head of the family bank. She thinks she sees through everyone and rules over a family of dependents with knowing cynicism. But there are two people in Redborough who resist her. One is Hester, a young relationwith a personality as strong as Catherine's, and as determined to find a role for herself. The other is Edward, Catherine's favourite, whom she treats like a son. Conflict between young and old is inevitable, and in its depiction of the complex relationships that develop between the three principalcharacters, Publishing October 2003 (exact date?)Margaret Oliphant is one of the great Victorian novelists, and this edition establishes her rediscovered importance.

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