Shirley Ann Grau is a major American author whose works are often set in New Orleans and Louisiana's Creole region. She often reflects the isolated bayous and their French-speaking residents, but her fiction is equally at home with the fiercely independent people of small Southern towns or the sophisticated life of the New Orleans' upper class. The Keepers of the House won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1965.
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"Shirley Ann Grau is one of those rare writers who create a world, draw the reader into it, and make him somehow happy there, no matter what goes on....One comes to the novel's end with a sense of loss, and leaves that world with reluctance." (Newsweek)
Once at the end, the entire story made sense and turned out to be very good. The description of the scenery is so long that the effect on the character is lost and become very boring, especially on Margaret. After Margaret, the rest was interesting that I had wished the author had written a bit more of Margaret instead of ending her the first night she come to live with William Howland. There were certain instance where I did not understand Abigail's point of view. The explanations were brief and vague. I gave the book a five star because I thought the narrator had the perfect voice for this story.
I don't know what the criteria is for a Pulitzer Prize but if this book meets it, I won't be reading another one. It was at times semi interesting but mostly it was just dull. Uninteresting people and an uninteresting location and a mostly uninteresting story until about the last 30 minutes. Good for you Abigail!! The good thing about this book was the narration. Bill Clinton I can listen to all day. Same with Lorelei King, James Earl Jones and now, Anna Fields. SUPERB job Ms. Fields.
I am listening to it a second time. The beauty of the writing alone is worth it. But the story is fantastic too.
Narration was outstanding. Felt like I was there. Beautiful book to savor! Order it NOW...so good
Riveting story. Beautifully read. I think I will listen to it again one day.
The ending was amazing.
This is my all time favorite book.
In the middle, AVERAGE. Worth the time spent.
Holding off the neighbors who were set on burning down the house. She kept the house safe in the end.
The mother who protected the house
I was so in to this story. the way the author describes all the details of the surrounding I feel like im right there. the only thing I didnt like was that the ending left me wondering what the hell happened! wish they could have explained the ending cuz the story was awesome.
One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope
I wanted to read this novel for two reasons: it won the Pulitzer the year of my birth, and it's set in a fictional county in the deep American South during a time of racial hatred and violence. I'm sure THE KEEPERS OF THE HOUSE had quite an impact back then and the nation's posture at the time screamed for the Pulitzer to give an award to Ms. Grau for this book.
I was rather disappointed nonetheless. The novel is righteous at achieving the revenge which is its ultimate destination. Yet the revenge only occurs in the last 17 minutes, after taking 9 hours to get there; a long, long 9 hours in which I kept reaching for the stop button and had to force myself to continue listening. The characters are rather shallow, and it seems to me that Ms. Grau could have condensed the 9 hours to 4 or 5, by cutting out fluff that did nothing to further the protagonist or her story.
This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.
This book sounded interesting in the short summary. I usually like stories that span several generations. The book is not terribly complicated, just a bit more than many multi generation books. The book starts in the past with a love affair between Margaret,a black woman, and William, a lonely widower. All of the children have typically white characteristics.The children from Providence, the first wife, and the children from Margaret play together as young children. Bit Margaret sends her children to boarding school so they won't have do deal with being born from a black mother and white father. The children grow up, get married, have children of their own but they are unaware of deeply the past, that was hidden from them as children, will come back to haunt them and the choices they make as adults.
The narrator was easy to listen to although at times the narration was monotonous and the edits were obvious. In my opinion a book about the south should have a narrator with a southern accent.
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