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The Fountain Overflows | [Rebecca West]

The Fountain Overflows

Rose Aubrey is one of a family of four children. Their father, Piers, is the disgraced son of an Irish landowning family, a violent, noble and quite unscrupulous leader of popular causes. His Scottish wife, Clare, is an artist, a tower of strength, fanatically devoted to a musical future for her daughters. This is the story of their life in south London, a life threatened by Piers's streak of tragic folly which keeps them on the verge of financial ruin and social disgrace....
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Rose Aubrey is one of a family of four children. Their father, Piers, is the disgraced son of an Irish landowning family, a violent, noble, and quite unscrupulous leader of popular causes. His Scottish wife, Clare, is an artist, a tower of strength, fanatically devoted to a musical future for her daughters. This is the story of their life in south London, a life threatened by Piers's streak of tragic folly which keeps them on the verge of financial ruin and social disgrace....

©2012 Rebecca West (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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    Alison Brooklyn, NY, United States 01-27-13
    Alison Brooklyn, NY, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2005
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    "One of my favorite book - now in audio!"
    Would you listen to The Fountain Overflows again? Why?

    Yes. I've read this book many times and the audio is a great enhancement.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fountain Overflows?

    The scene in Kew Gardens, where the family deal with grief by enjoying the beauty of the lapageria vine.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Rose and her mother visit Constance and Rosamund for the first time, with exciting results.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has so much depth - it's wonderful in its details about music and education; it's a great family story; everything I say is only one facet of the plot. Well worth reading and listening to!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Elman 04-02-14
    Linda Elman 04-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Most boring story!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like to hear Scottish accents, this would please you.


    What was most disappointing about Rebecca West’s story?

    Very simple plot, very little happens, boring


    What does Harriet Carmichael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Accents were pretty.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fountain Overflows?

    The whole thing never should have been published as a novel, maybe a short story.


    Any additional comments?

    You can be fooled by recommendations!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Richmond, VA, United States 09-20-13
    Pat Richmond, VA, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2006
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    This book has a very weak plot and meanders pointlessly. It is also very repetitious.


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    "Charming, entertaining and poignant"

    I enjoyed the story of the artistic and high-minded if chaotic Aubrey family. The father in his great struggles for the underdog and less noble speculations in commodities; the musical mother and her kind-hearted and highly strung character and the children, each with their own foibles. Through in the exaggeratedly Scots-speaking cousin, murder, poltergeists and mind-reading and you are in for an enjoyable listen, nicely read by Harriet Carmichael.

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