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The Tortoise and the Hare By Elizabeth Jenkins Hilary Mantel, The Hare and The Tortoise Fables of Aesop Mar , A HARE insulted a Tortoise upon Account of his slowness, and vainly boasted of her own great speed in running Let us make a match, replied the Tortoise, I ll run with you five miles for five pounds, and the Fox yonder shall be the umpire of the race. The Hare the Tortoise Library of Congress Aesop Fables The Tortoise meanwhile kept going slowly but steadily, and, after a time, passed the place where the Hare was sleeping But the Hare slept on very peacefully and when at last he did wake up, the Tortoise was near the goal. What s the Difference Between a Turtle and a Tortoise The most important thing to remember about tortoises is that they are exclusively land creatures They live in a variety of habitats, from deserts to wet tropical forests Unlike most sea turtles, which take to land only when they are laying eggs, tortoises don t have much to do Turtle vs Tortoise Difference and Comparison Diffen The Tortoise and the Hare Story Stories For Kids The Tortoise and the Hare In the woods there lived a very slow tortoise and a very swift hare The Hare was a proud animal, fast and sleek, and well aware of his speedy talents. The Tortoise and the Hare Story It The Tortoise and the Hare an Aesop Fable One day a hare was bragging about how fast he could run He bragged and bragged and even laughed at the tortoise, who was so slow The tortoise stretched out his long neck and challenged the hare to a race, which, of course, made the hare laugh.

  • Title: The Tortoise and the Hare
  • Author: Elizabeth Jenkins Hilary Mantel
  • ISBN: 9781844087471
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In affairs of the heart the race is not necessarily won by the swift or the fair.Imogen, the beautiful and much younger wife of distinguished barrister Evelyn Gresham, is facing the greatest challenge of her married life Their neighbour Blanche Silcox, competent, middle aged and ungainly the very opposite of Imogen seems to be vying for Evelyn s attention And to ImogIn affairs of the heart the race is not necessarily won by the swift or the fair.Imogen, the beautiful and much younger wife of distinguished barrister Evelyn Gresham, is facing the greatest challenge of her married life Their neighbour Blanche Silcox, competent, middle aged and ungainly the very opposite of Imogen seems to be vying for Evelyn s attention And to Imogen s increasing disbelief, she may be succeeding A subtle and beautiful book Very few authors combine her acute psychological insight with her grace and style There is plenty of life in the modern novel, plenty of authors who will shock and amaze you but who will put on the page a beautiful sentence, a sentence you will want to read twice Hilary Mantel, Sunday Times
    The Tortoise and the Hare In affairs of the heart the race is not necessarily won by the swift or the fair Imogen the beautiful and much younger wife of distinguished barrister Evelyn Gresham is facing the greatest challenge

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    1. My girl Hilary Mantel was the means of my discovery of Elizabeth Jenkins Ah Hilary She always does me good Anyway, right there in the middle of Hilary s shelf space between Wolf Hall How nice would it be to read that again for the first time and Fludd The scene where the spinster housekeeper is making herself a wedding band out of a sweets wrapper Genius was a copy of The Tortoise and the Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins It was fate My girl wrote the introduction to Tortoise Her name was on the cover b [...]

    2. UGH.Another abandoned book.Read 70 pages from the start, found myself rolling my eyes so I skipped to the last 30 pages to see if it really is as predictable as I m guessing and nope this is not for me The writing is stunning but the story and the characters are so cringe worthy and stereotypical I wanted to gouge my eyes.

    3. Repressed and wounded vanities render Imogen, a beautiful trophy wife, inadequate So frustrating You can only give enough benefit of the doubt to someone who for 241 pages out of 275 is continuously being psychologically beaten, showing weakness, and debilitating reticence over her marriage until you have to decide that this person is pretty much not at all a heroine and maybe she likes wallowing in her own misery All she can do is bend her head low, stay quiet and drag herself around, endlessly [...]

    4. This book lived up to the titlee writing gripped me from the beginning, then slowly drip fed me and until the very end I had never heard of this book I had never heard of the author though she s also known as a founding member of the Jane Austen Society I picked the book up from the library, for the sole reason that it had a pretty cover It paid off I m not sure how I can describe it, as I would certainly make it sound dreary and mundane, though it s nothing but There is not much of a plot, no [...]

    5. Absolutely brilliant I was expecting a pleasant, quiet read, but Miss Jenkins surpassed all my expectations She s such a keen observer of the human nature and her prose flows gorgeously The Tortoise and the Hare, the story of a disintegrating marriage, is followed in minute details, and although you come to despise most characters one by one, Jenkins keeps you reading because you need to know the outcome and how long will Evelyn keep on being an asshole and how long will Imogen take it and Blanc [...]

    6. The Tortoise and the Hare was Elizabeth Jenkin s sixth novel, one which was described to me recently as a forgotten masterpiece I have had a copy for a while so I absolutely had to read it right away My only other experience of Elizabeth Jenkins was in the novel Harriet published by Persephone books Of her writing Hilary Mantel in her introduction to this edition says she is like Jane Austen formal, nuanced, acid She surveys a room as if she were perched on the mantelpiece an unruffled owl of Mi [...]

    7. Posh post war period piece Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded So said the late Princess Diana in her television interview with Martin Bashir in 1995 I was reminded of this famous quote while reading this recently re issued novel by Elizabeth Jenkins It is about an attractive young wife who loses her considerably older husband to a plain, matronly woman of his own age.Set in the early 50s, the Greshams have moved from town to a beautiful riverside property in m [...]

    8. Apart from a war, what could be interesting than a marriage Hilary Mantel ponders in her introduction, and indeed, what could be I cannot imagine any other piece of work striking such icy dread into my married veins This is domestic fiction of the early 20th century at its best, but only for the most steely hearted Graceful, beautiful Imogen suddenly finds herself strickened with jealousy The seemingly plain and unpreposessing neighbour, Blanche Silcox, is insiduously competing for her husband [...]

    9. A really fascinating portrait of a marriage and of a beleaguered wife who is respected by neither her husband nor her son and continually diminished by both To her great surprise, the young and beautiful Imogen she s also sensitive and kind finds herself losing her barrister husband Evelyn to their country neighbor, the homely and brusque, but also wealthy and capable, Blanche Silcox Before she knows it, Imogen is hearing Blanche s name is just about every conversation she has with Evelyn, watch [...]

    10. Should I start this review by remarking on the condition of women and how far we have come since a mere 60 years ago Or should I start this review by remarking on the terrible consequences of love Or should I start by saying that you know the book is good when you want to enter the story and yell at the characters involved The idea of barging in on Evelyn Gresham s and telling him how much of a worthless, spineless man he is quite entertaining God knows he deserves it But let me put try to put s [...]

    11. Gem of a book Fascinating and well written portrayal of a marriage in 1950 s England Have become an admirer of Elizabeth Jenkins.

    12. What a strange book I am tempted to exchange the word strange for dull, but there was something about it that kept me reading about Imogen and her pretty rotten life, wife to the obnoxious lawyer Evelyn and coping with her objectionable son Gavin Add the quietly intrusive neighbour Miss Silcox into the mix and what was a standard 1950s marriage soon begins to feel like a bit of a nightmare Admittedly the Afterword by Carmen Callil guided me towards pondering who is the Hare and who is the Tortoi [...]

    13. Some of my favourite women novelists happen to be named Elizabeth Elizabeth Bowen, Elizabeth Taylor and Elizabeth Berridge And now here s another to add to that list Elizabeth Jenkins Her book The Tortoise and the Hare , which is basically the story of a failing marriage and of a husband s affair, is a beautifully written and perceptive story that I cannot recommend too highly Indeed, it s one of the best novels that I have read for a very long time Set in England in the early 1950s, The Tortois [...]

    14. I love being surprised by books And by book recommendations The Tortoise and the Hare was thrown at me as an out of the blue recommendation on Twitter, the trigger being my enthusiastic post about Dorothy Whipple s Someone At A Distance If you like Whipple you will like Jenkins, my tweeter told me And how right he was Thank you Stuart Anderson.The similarities between the two novelists are indeed striking Like Whipple, Elizabeth Jenkins sets her story in the still stifling social world of post w [...]

    15. This novel contains a quite depressing view of male and female relationships, and although it is easy to dismiss this novel as of its time , I don t think much has changed There is a recent documentary film called The Queen of Versailles about a time share tycoon and his much younger trophy wife building the largest private home in America their ridiculous wealth is flaunted in the beginning, but it all goes pear shaped in the 2008 financial crisis The elderly husband weighed down by financial r [...]

    16. This is a weighty novel about a painfully troubled marriage It describes husband and wife relationships that were typical prior to the mid 20th century, but have certainly not disappeared since then either The story examines goals and offers some strong conclusions Wife is not a good goal even though women have been so typically trained in that concept Beautiful, admiring young wife was not a good acquisition goal for a man We see the reasons why as Jenkins novel focuses on a relationship balanc [...]

    17. I think that it was the obituary for Elizabeth Jenkins in The Guardian that led me to this book Ms Jenkins lived to be 104 she died in September 2010 and The Guardian made her sound fascinating Not only that, but the obit included enough about her novel, The Tortoise and the Hare, that I decided I had to read it.I was not disappointed by the book Jenkins tells a story that I would normally find irritating and she tells it well Imogen and Evelyn have been married long enough to have a son, Gavin, [...]

    18. This is an intricate and complex study of the slightly tilting power balance in a crumbling marriage It is all about being in control, fulfilling needs and being wanted Imogen is always striving for Evelyn s attention and an acknowledge of her abilities as a wife She needs to be constantly reassured and comforted in order to function as a wife, as a mother and as a human being Blanche Silcox, on the other hand, is an independent woman, a magnetic force, a solid mother figure, that lures Evelyn i [...]

    19. I could have missed this book My hand initially passed over it on the library shelf and then returned to read the book jacket What good luck because published in 1954, this is a beautifully written novel that captures the conflicts of life in England at that time and yet, remains current today.The challenges within relationships on many levels are the center questions of this novel as are the assumptions we tend to make about what attracts people to each other, what sustains relationships, the t [...]

    20. I picked this edition up from the library shelves as the pattern on the cover by wallpaper designer Florence Broadhurst was so attractive I d never come across the author before It is in the Virago Modern Classics series, with an introduction by Hilary Mantel, and an afterword by Carmen Callil Elizabeth Jenkins writes beautifully, especially her descriptions of nature and I can see the influence of Jane Austen, mentioned by Mantel The book was published in 1954, and it is like reading a story fr [...]

    21. This book made me uncomfortable Some of the facts parallelled what could be my own story, coming of age in the 50s and I found it annoying that I could identify with Imogen I kept saying to myself, God, woman, stand up As neither here nor there,I had forgotten that at that time, 50 was considered old which today is amusing The visit to the antique shop which sets the relationship of Evelyn and Imogen is brilliant The things that struck me were what makes love, repressed feelings, the duty to ple [...]

    22. This book is definitely a slow burner my goodness the three main protagonists are extremely annoying But the involved you become in the story the engrossed you become Divorce, Separation and illicit affairs were dealt with very differently in the 40s 50s when this novel was written , but still the same heart breaking consequences as in modern day Surprisingly I really enjoyed the very sad tale of one woman s ambition to snare a man and the decline of the other woman and watching her slide into [...]

    23. Perhaps it s because I read late at night, but I struggled to work out why Evelyn wanted to leave Imogen for Blanche Perhaps the book made it clear and I missed it or perhaps we are meant to make up our own minds Was it that their age difference made them incompatible Did Evelyn want companionship that Imogen couldn t provide Was he after Blanches money Is it suggesting that attraction based on looks doesn t withstand time What happened with Imogen and Hunter I m confused Perhaps a daytime re re [...]

    24. This was a really good book, and much complex than it would seem at first The writing was good, but what was especially strong was the plot, and the juxtaposition of the two women, Imogen and Blanche It is also really interesting to see this book to address what was expected of men and women at the time the book was published, and pretty much turn these expectations inside out I think this book has quite a bit to say about men and women and marriage, and is overall a very worthwhile read.

    25. A beautifully written novel about a marriage in crisis Imogen is sensitive, submissive and married to the older, arrogant Evelyn Blanche is an unlikely threat but manipulates her way into Evelyn s affections A keen eye for the subtle detail of her characters which are brilliantly portrayed in a struggle which is very moving I loved her thoughtful, emotive writing.

    26. My copy has a quote from Hilary Mantel on the cover as smooth and seductive as cream I can t possibly better that description of Jenkins wily art, but must warn other frustration rage criers, being smothered in cream isn t nearly as delicious as it sounds.

    27. It grew on me a bit as I got further into it but I did find it very slow and quite predictable The writing was good but a bit over flowery for my personal tastes Lots of description and not much happening I can understand why some people would love this book, but it just wasn t really for me.

    28. Not sure what I wanted to happen in this book Through the book as an outsider looking in you can see what is happening, just wanted to shake Imogen The book is set firmly in the 1950 s, felt dated.

    29. I read an article about this author who just turned 100 This is an excellent story about a marriage which is very sad This was a re read also read in 1980s, but didn t make much impression then

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