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I have read a couple of Dunmore's books but I do intend to read more. I like the idea of this setting a lot. *off to check the library catalogue*

Thanks for mentioning Caroline's challenge. I hadn't heard of it before.


Marg--The setting really makes this book. I hope you find a copy as it is well worth a read. I'm looking forward now to reading more of her work as well. And do check out Caroline's readalong--she has lots of interesting books lined up!


I loved this book and didn't think it felt uneven at all. I liked how the consciousnessof one person changed into that of another. I felt the poet writing. As good as The Siege is, that's the book of a novelist while Zennor in Darkness is the book of a poet.
I've read Lawrence's letters and thought she was very true to him. I think he is a rare case in which the man and the writer were one.
I think I will read her novels chronologically from now on. I'm interested what stages there are between this book and the later ones.
Thanks for joining and the link.


Caroline--Uneven was probably not the best word to use to describe what I was feeling, because I really did love the story, too. I think there was a disjointed feel because I was thinking of Lawrence as he is--a real person dropped into a fictional story, which is based of course on reality. I just wasn't sure who was meant to be the focus-the Lawrences or Clare--and felt myself 'broke' between the two. Otherwise it really flowed very nicely, and I also thought it was a book written by a poet. I'll be interested in reading her later books now, too. I didn't really know anything about DH Lawrence going into the book, but have read a very little bit since and am sure I will read more.


I love the cover of the book! Sounds like an interesting and unusual read. I've never read D.H. Lawrence or Dunmore.


This sounds interesting. We've added your review link to the WWI reviews page at War Through the Generations.

Liz F

I love Helen Dunmore's books and the period is fascinating but I absolutely loathe D H Lawrence, having had to study one of his books for A-Level and hating every moment of it, so I am rather torn!
Perhaps one to put on the list and wait and see if it crosses my path!


Sounds like an interesting book. It's a good question though, what would the book have been like if all the cahracters were entirely fictional? Especially if you are left confused over whose story it really is. If it is Clare's why bothering creating a fictional Lawrence.

nomadreader (Carrie)

I've read three of Dunmore's novels and plan to dip into several more this year too. This one sounds so intriguing, and as I've read some of her more recent novels, I'm curious to go back to the beginning and try this one.


I had hoped to read this but my library didn't have it. I have just read the one Dunmore, which I really enjoyed, and really want to read more by her in the future.


The setting alone attracts me to this one.


Kathy--I did try Lawrence once but I think the timing wasn't right--and too many books on at once as I set the book aside. Will try again, though. I do know I like Helen Dunmore and will read more of her work at some point!

Sagustocox--Thanks so much. I need to check out your review list--I expect there are all sorts of wonderful books to discover there!

Liz--Nothing like having to study an author so intensely in school to pretty much ruin him/her forever after! :) I have had those in my past as well. I've not read a Lawrence novel (well, actually did read one shorter less famous work, but it was so long ago I don't think I can count it now). You might still like the Dunmore, though, as Lawrence doesn't play a huge rols--strange as that sounds. One to look for in the Oxfam shop perhaps!

Stefanie--I think it was meant to be more of a DH Lawrence story, though Clare seems to be more of a main character. I think I wasn't really meant to separate the characters out like I have done, which is what is causing me trouble I think. I really liked Clare, though. Maybe his story was just too good to try and fictionalize it--I think it was what inspired her to begin with. Still, I think inserting real characters into fiction can be tricky. I still enjoyed the story, but maybe am thinking too hard about it?! :)

Nomadreader--It seems as though I've only read early novels now, and must try one of her more recent books. I have The Siege on hand, so perhaps will start there. I do like her writing style and am curious how her more recent novels compare.

Kailana--Too bad your library doesn't have this. Mine didn't either so I looked for a used copy--bit banged up but it reads the same! :) I bet her later novels will be easier to get ahold of, but this is worth keeping an eye out for! I want to read more, too.

Kathleen--The setting is wonderful. And for that alone it's worth reading, though there is also lots of other good stuff there.


I confess that I began a Dunmore novel many years ago and abandoned it after about 70 pages. She writes in a way that is vivid and disturbing and it sort of made me feel a bit queasy. I mean, she is clearly a very good writer indeed to provoke such a strong response in me, so it's not her quality that's in any way in doubt. Donna Tartt writes a bit like that too, and I haven't managed to finish one of her books, either. I am a wimp! :-)


Litlove--I think I do know what you mean. She is very vivid, which can be a good thing if you like that type of writing and depending also what she's describing! I keep meaning to read Donna Tartt's book, but I can't seem to get past the first 30 pages or so--not sure why--as I like her writing--too many other books clamoring for attention I think. Some other poor book will always get turned away. I don't think you're a wimp at all--just know what you like and why not spend time with those sorts of books instead--that is what I do too! :)

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