Is this her father? And who was he?
Marion's search takes her to the Cornish town of St Ives. In the remote and closeknit town where communities of fisherfolk and artists have coexisted for many years, she learns of a tragedy which is intrinsically tied up with her father's life. I first read Paton Walsh with the completion of Dorothy l.
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This novel is also well-written; the characters are believable. The situation of never finding out who your father was is a little less believable, but as another review states, the artist character who keeps the secret, very well, could be the type to keep a secret to her grave. I liked the use of a real story from the coast of England as a part of this novel. The people of the village were intriguing as well as the major characters. Marion, the protagonist, finally finds her father but more she finds herself.
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She realizes that life is what is made of it, and we are responsible for making a happy life. And we are more like our parents than we ever want to be. The Serpentine Cave is a beautifully written story about a middle aged woman's search for her unknown father. Set in Cornwall, this novel evokes the spirit of this special region of England, and is a lovely study of a woman's search for her self in the context of her own past and that of her homeland.
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Jill Paton Walsh is a gifted writer. Also recommended is A Parcel of Patterns, which centers upon the plague village of Eyem. See all 4 reviews. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? A Piece of Justice: There's a problem loading this menu right now.
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Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Could the saving-man have been her father? And just how, one might ask, could Marion have reached middle age without--well, asking. But learning what the painter Stella Harnaker was really like as a mother- -and person--helps answer that question.
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Eccentric, peremptory, demanding, autocratic--and completely, absolutely, utterly devoted to her painting--Stella was a mother who kept the past very tightly corked. Ives Society of Artists. Ives goes Marion, with daughter Alice a violist with love problems and son Toby a broker with suggestions-of-insider-trading troubles , where there will be slow and wonderful unravelings of the past: Be assured it will be well worth finding out, in personal, historic, and human terms all.